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Rik Leemans

Professor in Environmental Systems Analysis at Wageningen University

Areas of expertise

  • - Agricultural Systems
  • - Climatic Change
  • - Environmental Management
  • - Geography
  • - Nature Management
  • - Plant Ecology

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About Me

Prof. dr. HBJ Leemans is Professor of Environmental Systems Analysis at Wageningen University & Research. His research focuses on ecosystems and biodiversity and accentuates resilience, vulnerability and sustainability. His early studies at Uppsala University (Sweden) and the International Institute of Applied System Analyses (Austria) emphasized boreal forests. He then directed the development of IMAGE-2, a global climate-change model, at the Dutch Environmental Assessment Agency. He further actively participates the UN-Panels on Climate Change (IPCC) and biodiversity (IPBES), and in ICSU/ISSCs international interdisciplinary global-change research programmes, and is editor-in-chief of Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability. Prof. dr Leemans has published many papers on a wide range of topics. These include forest dynamics, large-scale vegetation and crop distribution, global environmental databases, terrestrial C cycle and the importance of feedback processes, the incorporation of land-use change and other human dimensions into Earth system models, biodiversity, integrated assessment tools and, more recently, potential mitigation and adaptation options and strategies for environmental change. He is a member of several editorial boards and editor-in-chief of the international journal Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability (Elsevier).

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