Almut Arneth


Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

Professor Almut Arneth is a Biologist by training, with specialisation in Plant-Ecophysiology. Early in her career she studied terrestrial ecosystem carbon- and water- fluxes with a range of measurement techniques. Over the last 15 years or so, she focussed increasingly on global scale modelling of the interactions between climate change, land-use change, and various terrestrial ecosystem properties, using Dynamic Global Vegetation and socio-ecological models.

Professor Arneth has been a Coordinating Lead Author in the Global Assessment of the IPBES (Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services), Coordinating Lead Author of the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) Special Report on Land and Climate Change, and a Lead Author in the IPCC 6th Assessment report (WG2). Currently she is acting as a Lead Author in the IPBES Nexus Assessment. She has been involved for many years in European and nationally-funded projects related to Global Environmental Change, including being currently the co-coordinator of the project wildE (Climate-smart rewilding: ecological restoration for climate change mitigation, adaptation and biodiversity support in Europe).

Over her career, Professor Arneth has been working in New Zealand, Sweden and Germany, and is currently a professor and division head at the department Atmospheric Environmental Research of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. She was a recipient of the 2022 DFG Gottfried Wilhelm-Leibniz Price.