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.
VDI Nachrichten, a German weekly newspaper on engineering and technology, published an article about the effect of climate change on vegetation (“Die Erde wird grüner” by Susanne Donner, 2017/03/03). Matthias Forkel was interviewed for this article.
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.