wolfgang buermann

Wolfgang Buermann

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences

La Kretz Hall, Suite 300
Box 951496
Los Angeles, CA 90095


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Wolfgang Buermann is Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and also holds a Professor position in the Institute of Geography at the Augsburg University in Germany. His research is broadly aimed towards a better understanding of climate ecosystem interactions under a changing climate. With his work, Wolfgang Buermann has been able to make a significant contribution towards a better understanding of vegetation dynamics under the conditions of climate change. This is evidenced by publishing over 70 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters including in the premier journals Science, Nature, and PNAS, and through winning more than $1.5M in research funding from US (NASA), EU and UK funding agencies.

He has a strong focus in the monitoring and understanding of emerging ecosystem and carbon cycle responses to climate change, especially in northern latitudes, combining satellite Earth observations and modeling approaches. He also conducts biogeographic studies, in collaboration with biologists and epidemiologists, to better understand pattern of biodiversity and emerging infectious diseases and how these are affected under climate change.

Recent Publications

Buermann, W. et al. Widespread seasonal compensation effects of spring warming on northern plant productivity. Nature, 562, 110–114, 2018.

E Gloor, C Wilson, MP Chipperfield, F Chevallier, W Buermann, et al. Tropical land carbon cycle responses to 2015/16 El Niño as recorded by atmospheric greenhouse gas and remote sensing data. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B 373, 20170302, 2018.

Buermann, W., C. Beaulieu, B. Parida, D. Medvigy, G. J. Collatz, J. Sheffield and J. L. Sarmiento, Climate-driven shifts in continental net primary production implicated as a driver of a recent abrupt increase in the land carbon sink, Biogeosci., 13, 1597–1607, 2016.

O’Sullivan, M, A Rap, CL Reddington, DV Spracklen, M Gloor and W. Buermann, Small global effect on terrestrial net primary production due to increased fossil fuel aerosol emissions from East Asia since the turn of the century. Geophys. Res. Lett., 43 , 8060-8067, 2016.

Buermann, W., B.R.Parida, M. Jung, G. MacDonald, C.J. Tucker and M. Reichstein, Recent shift in Eurasian boreal forest greening response may be associated with warmer and drier summers, Geophys. Res. Lett., doi: 10.1002/2014GL059450, 2014.

Guay, K.C., P.S.A. Beck, L.T. Berner, S.J. Goetz, A. Baccini and W. Buermann, Vegetation productivity patterns at high northern latitudes: a multi-sensor satellite data assessment. Glob. Change Biol., 20, 3147–3158, 2014.

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Buermann
Chair of Physical Geography and Climate Science
Institute of Geography
Augsburg University
Alter Postweg 118
86159 Augsburg
Tel. +49 (0)821 598 2662
Email: wolfgang.buermann@geo.uni-augsburg.de