Plants start growing earlier in the spring but contrary to popular belief, this results in considerably less photosynthesis throughout the following summer and autumn. This is shown in a study published by Nature from Wolfgang Buermann, Matthias Forkel, Andrew Richardson and colleagues.
Matthias Forkel is an environmental scientist who uses satellite observations to study how climate affects ecosystems and vice versa. Thereby Matthias develops and applies remote sensing methods, global ecosystem models, and machine learning approaches. He is a PostDoc in the Climate and Environmental Remote Sensing Group at TU Wien.
At the General Assembly of the European Geoscience Union, Matthias co-convenes the following sessions:
BG2.48 Global Earth observation for improved understanding of terrestrial ecosystem dynamics
BG2.12 Constraining present and future global vegetation dynamics and carbon stocks
Matthias will present two posters on model-data integration (12. Apr 10:45-12:30 A.417 ) and fire (12. Apr 14:00-15:45 A.319 ).
Matthias will present how satellite observations can be used to improve climate-vegetation models at the German-Austrian-Swiss conference for Photogrammetry, Remote Sensind and Geoinformation:
Fernerkundung für Globale Klima-Vegetationsmodelle
Global fire models underestimate the variability of burned area because they misrepresent the effects of plant productivity on fuel production:
Forkel et al. (2019) Biogeosciences.
Matthias will give talks on Monitoring photosynthesis with microwave satellites (Irene's work) and Diverse responses of wildfire burned area to the widespread greening of the Earth
Matthias gave seminars on how to use Earth Observation data to improve global ecosystem models at the University of Birmingham (2018-11-01), University of Exeter (2018-11-07), and at the Imperial College London (2018-11-08).
Watch the presentation recorded at Imperial
Our paper "A data-driven approach to identify controls on global fire activity from satellite and climate observations (SOFIA V1)" published in Geoscientific Model Development received the Best Paper Award 2017 from the Faculty of Mathematics and Geoinformation of TU Wien.
Matthias Forkel is father of two small children. We are a German-Czech family in Austria = Europe. We spend our free time in our garden, at playgrounds in Vienna, or in forests around Vienna, in eastern Czechia, in the Zittau mountains, in Germany, or somewhere else in Europe.
... is a German website about basics of climatology for teachers and students. Matthias created and maintained the website until 2015.