PD Dr. Christine Fürst

Current position

Senior Scientist

Current institute employer

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Website current institute
Office address

Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research
Atmospheric Environmental Research (IMK-IFU)
Group: Regionalization of Biogenic Trace Gas Fluxes

Degrees / expertise

* Diplom-Forstwirt Univ., LMU München

* Ass. d. FD

* Dr. rer. silv., TU Dresden

* Habilitation at Faculty for Agriculture, University of Bonn, venia legendi in Natural Resource Management


Opdam, P., Albert, C., Grêt-Regamey, A., Kleemann, J., La Rosa, D., Parker, D., Schmidt, K., Villamor, G., Fürst, C. 2015. Ecosystem services for connecting actors – lessons learnt from discussion. Change and Adaptation in Socio-Ecological Systems, 1/2015. (Open Access)
Ahouansou, M.M., Agodzo, S.K., Sintondji, L.O.C., Fürst, C., Flügel, W.A. (subm.):. Groundwater quality analysis as water purification service assessment in Dassari catchment: semi-arid region of West Africa.. Journal of Hydrology, .
Frank, S., Fürst, C. and F. Pietzsch (in rev.). Cross-sectoral resource management: how forest management alternatives affect the provision of lignocellulosic resources and other ecosystem services. Forests, . (Open Access)
Fürst, C., Frank, S., Rozas-Vasquez, D., Jimenez, M., Pietzsch, K., Pietzsch, F. (subm.). How to assess the impact of agricultural and forest management on biodiversity and ecosystem services.. In: Geneletti, D. (eds.): Handbook on biodiversity and ecosystem services in impact assessment . Edward Elgar Publishing.


Albert, C., Aronson, J., Fürst, C. Opdam, P.. 2014. Integrating ecosystem services in landscape planning: Requirements, approaches, and impacts. Landscape Ecology, 29: 1277–1285.
Frank, S., Fürst, C., Witt, A., Koschke, L., Makeschin, F. 2014. Making use of the ecosystem services concept in regional planning—trade-offs from reducing water erosion. Landscape Ecology, . Further Information
Fürst, C., Opdam, P., Inostroza, L., Luque, S.. 2014. A balance score card tool for assessing how successful the ecosystem services concept is applied in participatory land use planning. Landscape Ecology , 29(8): 1435-1446. Further Information
Koschke, L., Lorz, C., Fürst, C., Lehman, T., Makeschin, F.. 2014. Assessing hydrological and provisioning ecosystem services in a case study in Western Central Brazil.. Ecological Processes, Springer Open, 3:2. Further Information
Koschke, L., Van der Meulen, S., Frank, S., Schneidergruber, A., Kruse, M., Fürst, C., Neubert, E., Ohnesorge, B., Schröder, C., Müller, F., Bastian, O.. 2014. Do You Have 5 Minutes To Spare? –The Challenges Of Stakeholder Processes In Ecosystem Services Studies.. Landscape Online, DOI 10.3097/LO.201467.
La Rosa, D., Lorz, C., König, H., Fürst, C.. 2014. Spatial information and participation in socio-ecological systems: experiences, tools and lessons learned for land-use planning. iForest - Biogeosciences and Forestry, doi: 10.3832/ifor0093-007.


Frank, S., Fürst, C., Koschke, L., Makeschin, F.. 2013. How to assess the impact of the landscape structure on the provision of the cultural ecosystem service landscape aesthetics. Ecological Indicators, 32: 222-231.
Fürst, C.. 2013. A system approach for integrated assessment of land use and land management impact on ecosystem services provision at landscape scale. Habilitation thesis at University of Bonn, Agricultural Faculty. Download [PDF | 9.30MB]
Fürst, C., Frank, S., Witt, A., Koschke, L., Makeschin, F.. 2013. Assessment of the effects of forest land use strategies on the provision of Ecosystem Services at regional scale. Journal of Environmental Management. Journal of Environmental Management, 127: 96-116. Further Information
Fürst, C., Helming, K., Lorz, C., Müller, F., Verburg, P.. 2013. Integrated land use and regional resource management – A cross-disciplinary dialogue on future perspectives for a sustainable development of regional resources.. Journal of Environmental Management, 127: 1-5.
Hauck, J., Schweppe-Kraft, B., Albert, C., Görg, C., Jax, K., Jensen, R., Fürst, C., Maes, J., Ring, I., Hönigová, I., Burkhard, B., Mehring, M., Tiefenbach, M., Grunewald, K., Schwarzer, M., Meurer, J., Sommerhäuser, M., Priess, J.A., Schmidt, J., G. 2013. The Promise of the Ecosystem Services Concept for Planning and Decision-Making.. GAIA, 22(4): 232-236. Further Information
Koschke, L., Fürst, C., Lorenz, M., Witt, A., Frank, S., Makeschin, F.. 2013. The integration of agricultural management practices in the assessment of ecosystem services provision at regional scale. Ecological Indicators, 32: 157-171.
Lorenz, M., Fürst, C., Thiel, E.. 2013. A methodological approach for deriving regional crop rotations as basis for the assessment of the impact of agricultural strategies using soil erosion as example. Journal of Environmental Management, 127: 37-47.
Witt, A., Fürst, C., and Makeschin, F. 2013. Regionalization of Climate Change sensitive forest ecosystem types for potential afforestation areas. Journal of Environmental Management, Elsevier, SI RegioResources 21., 127: 48-55. Further Information


Fürst, C., Pietzsch, K., Frank, S., Witt, A., Koschke, L., and Makeschin, F. 2012. How to better consider sectoral planning information in regional planning - example afforestation and conversion.. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management , : 1-29. Further Information
Koschke, L., Fürst, C., Frank, S., and Makeschin, F.. 2012. A multi-criteria approach for an integrated land-cover-based assessment of ecosystem services provision for planning support.. Ecological Indicators, . Further Information


Frank, S., Fürst, C., Koschke, L., and Makeschin, F.. 2011. Towards the transfer of the ecosystem service concept to landscape planning using landscape metrics.. Ecological Indicators, . Further Information
Fürst, C., Lorz, C., and Makeschin, F.. 2011. Integrating land management aspects into an assessment of the impact of land cover changes on Ecosystem Services. International Journal of Biodiversity Science, Ecosystem Services Management, . Further Information
Koschke, L., Lorz, C., Fürst, C., Glaser, B., Makeschin, F.. 2011. Black Carbon in Fly-Ash Influenced Soils of the Dübener Heide Region, Central Germany. Water, Air, and Soil Pollution, 214(1-4): 119-132.


Fürst, C. 2010. Fly ash impact in forest ecosystems in Northeastern Germany – an assessment and regionalization approach (summa cum laude, 0.56). Doctoral thesis at Dresden University of Technology, Forest-, Geo- and Hydrosciences. Download [PDF | 17.50MB]
Fürst, C., König, H., Pietzsch, K., Ende, H.P., and Makeschin, F.. 2010. Pimp your landscape - a generic approach for integrating regional stakeholder needs into land use scenario design and sustainable management support. Ecology and Society, 15(3): 34-59.
Fürst, C., Lorz, C., and Zirlewagen, D.. 2010. Testing the Indicative Value of Magnetic Susceptibility Measurements for Concluding on Site Potentials and Risks Provoked by Fly Ash Deposition. Environmental Management, 46(6): 894-907.
Fürst, C., Vacik, H., Lorz, C., Potocic, N., Krajter, S., Vuletic, D., and Makeschin, F.. 2010. How to support forest management in a world of change? Results of some regional studies. Environmental Management, 46(6): 941-952.
Fürst, C., Volk, M., and Makeschin, F.. 2010. Squaring the circle - how to combine models, indicators, experts and end-users for integrated land use management support?. Environmental Management , 46(6): 829-833.
Fürst, C., Volk, M., Pietzsch, K., and Makeschin, F.. 2010. Pimp your landscape! A tool for qualitative evaluation of the effects of regional planning measures on ecosystem services. Environmental Management, 46(6): 953-968.
Fürst, C., Zirlewagen, D., Lorz, C.. 2010. Regionalization of magnetic susceptibility measurements based on a multiple regression approach. Water, Air, and Soil Pollution , 208(1-4): 129-151.
Lorz, C., Fürst, C., Galic, Z., Matijasic, D., Podrazky, V., Potocic, N., Simoncic, P., Strauch, M., Vacik, H., and Makeschin, F.. 2010. GIS-based Probability Assessment of Natural Hazards in Forested Landscapes of Central and South-Eastern Europe. Environmental Management, 46(6): 920-930.
Vuletic, D., Potocic, N., Krajter, S., Seletkovic, I., Fürst, C., Makeschin, F., Galic, Z., Lorz, C., Simoncic, P., Matijasic, D., Vacik, H., and Zupanic, M.. 2010. How socio-economic frame conditions influence forest policy development in Central and South-Eastern Europe Research. Environmental Management, 46(6): 931-940.


Fürst, C., and Makeschin, F.. 2009. Der Einfluss von Industriegeschichte und geologischen Grundlagen auf die Waldstandorte in der Dübener Heide. Archives of Nature Conservation and Landscape Research 46(3), 46(3): 1-3.
Fürst, C., Lorz, C., Makeschin, F.. 2009. Testing a soil magnetometry technique in a highly polluted industrial region in North-Eastern Germany. Water, Air, and Soil Pollution, 202: 33-43.
Fürst, C., Nepveu, G., Pietzsch, K., Makeschin, F.. 2009. Comment intégrer des considérations multicritères dans la gestion d'un territoire ?. Revue forestière française , 1(2009): 21-35.
Hartmann, K.J., Abiy, M., and Fürst, C.. 2009. Bewertung und Planung - Bodenkundliche Flächeninformationen für die nördliche Dübener Heide. Archives of Nature Conservation and Landscape Research 46(3), 46(3): 65-78.


Fürst, C., Lorz, C., and Makeschin, F.. 2007. Development of forest ecosystems after heavy deposition loads considering Dübener Heide as example - challenges for a process-oriented forest management planning. Forest Ecology and Management, : 6-16.
Fürst, C., Vacik, H., Lorz, C., Makeschin, F., Podraszky, V., and Janecek, V.. 2007. Meeting the challenges of process-oriented forest management. Forest Ecology and Management , 248(1-2): 1-5.


Fürst, C., and Nepveu, G.. 2006. Assessment of the assortment potential of the growing stock - a photogrammetry based approach for an automatized grading of sample trees. Annals of Forest Sciences, 63: 951-960.
Fürst, C., Nepveu, G., Menzel, M.. 2006. Évaluation de l´assortiment d´une ressource en bois sur pied ciblé sur la satisfaction des besoins du marché du bois. Présentation d´une méthode pratique développée en Allemagne. Revue forestière française, : 463-474.

Research themes
  • Land use and food security
  • Environmental and climate change
  • Ecosystem services
  • Sustainable use of biological resources
Research countries
  • Benin
  • Brazil
  • Burkina Faso
  • Cameroon
  • Chile
  • China
  • France
  • Germany
  • Ghana
  • India
  • South Africa
  • Spain
Research topic
Land use and land cover change modelling; environmental impact assessment; ecosystem services
Research projects

INTECRE, German Federal Ministry of Education and Research; European Land-use Institute (www.eli-web.com), German Federal Ministry of Education and Research; Regiopower (www.eli-web.com/Regiopower), ERA Net WoodWisdom / BioEnergy; WASCAL (www.wascal.org, WP 6.1 Integrated Land-use Modelling), German Federal Ministry for Education and Research; BioMassWeb, WPs 4.6 (Land use modeling), 4.7 (Energy efficiency analysis), German Federal Ministry for Education and Research; from June 2014 on: INTECRE, German Federal Ministry for Education and Research.

Working groups

* international: CAQ, ELI, ESP, FORSYS, GLP, IALE, IUFRO / IUFRO SilvaVoc

* national: ANW, BDF, DFV, KWF, SDW


• Master course ARTS (Agricultural Sciences and Resource Management in the Tropics and Sub-tropics), Uni Bonn, Module BS7 “Crop Production in the (Sub)Tropics”, Block “Land use and Land management Planning, 2013 teaching assignment within the habilitation process; SS 2014/15

• Master course Geoinformatics, Uni Jena - Module GEO 404: Applied Geoinformatics - Integrat-ed Land Use Planning, teaching assignment WS 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15

• WASCAL Ph.D. Program Course Module 6: Integrated Land Use Modeling, teaching of parts of the theory plus application of the software GISCAME, SS 2013

• Master courses Forest sciences and Spatial Planning and Natural Resources Management, TU Dresden - Module FOMF 37 “From land-use to land-management - integrating soil and land management aspects in landscape development” WS 2010/11 and 2011/12

• Major „Spatial Planning“ Master course Spatial Planning and Natural Resources Management, TU Dresden – lecture “Opportunities of agricultural land-use for the adaptation to Climate Change - focus crop production”, SS 2012

• Master course Forest sciences, TU Dresden - Module FOMF 34 Lectures on „Research manage-ment in forest landscapes“ WS 2010/11 and 2011/12

• UNEP/UNESCO course “Environmental Management for Developing and Emerging Countries”, CIPSEM - lecture „Integrated land use“, 2011

• UNEP/UNESCO short course Climate change adaptation: Water and Soil, CIPSEM – lectures “Land-use and land management impacts” and “ Land-use planning and decision support”, 2010/11 and 2011/12

• International Graduate School Cottbus, Brandenburgische Technische Universität Cottbus, course “Applied ecosystem research and landscape change”, guest lecture “A mesoscale system for supporting integrated land-use”, 2010

Additional Information:

Memberships and activities in scientific networks and bodies

• Careers in Sustainability Excellence (CASTLE)


Member of the External Advisory Board

• Ecosystem Service Partnership (ESP)


Member of the Steering Committee

Lead Group WG9 Planning, Management and Restoration

• Global Land Project (GLP)


Head European Nodal Office Integrated land management, planning and policy (since 07/12)

• Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)


Member of the IPBES expert group scoping a set of regional / sub-regional assessments on biodiversity and ecosystem services (deliverable 2b)

• International Association of Landscape Ecology (IALE)


Member IALE Germany and member of the initial group for building the IALE Africa chapter

Currently candidate for presidency 2015 - 2019

• International Union of Forest Research Organisations (IUFRO)


Working group 8.01.02 (Landscape Ecology) – representative for Central Europe

• IUFRO online-dictionary



• Croissance-Amélioration-Qualité, LERFoB, UMR INRA-AgroParisTech, Nancy


Member since 2003


Memberships and activities in scientific journal boards

• CASES – Change and Adaptation in Socio-Ecological Systems, de Gruyter


Editor in Chief



Editorial Board Member

• Ecological Indicators, Elsevier


Editorial Board Member

• International Journal of Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services & Management, Taylor & Francis


Editorial Board Member

• Spanish Journal of Rural Development, AGAIDERU


Scientific Committee Member

• Open Journal of Forestry, SCIRP


Editorial Board Member


Memberships in stakeholder organizations

• Arbeitsgemeinschaft Naturgemäße Waldwirtschaft (ANW)


• Deutscher Forstverein (DFV)


• Kuratorium für Waldarbeit und Forsttechnik (KWF)


• Schutzgemeinschaft Deutscher Wald (SDW)


• Bund Deutscher Forstleute (BDF)



Reviewer activities

Scientific journals

• African Journal of Agricultural Research – 2

• African Journal of Business Management – 1

• African Journal of Biotechnology – 1

• Agricultural Systems – 1

• Atmospheric Environment – 1

• CATENA – 1

• Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability – 2

• Ecological Indicators – 50

• Ecological Modeling – 2

• Ecological Processes (SI guest editor 2013/14) – 1

• Ecology and Society – 1

• Ecosystem Services – 1

• Environmental Impact Assessment Review – 1

• European Journal of Forest Research – 2

• Environmental Management, Springer (SI guest editor 2010) – 13

• Environmental Management, Elsevier (SI guest editor 2012) – 16

• Environmental Modelling and Software – 7

• Environmental Engineering and Management Journal – 2

• Forest Ecology and Management (SI guest editor 2007) – 10

• Forests – 1


• International Journal of Biodiversity Science, Ecosystem Services & Management – 5

• International Journal of Geographical Information Science – 2

• iForest – Biosciences and Forestry (SI guest editor 2012/13) – 15

• Journal of Ecosystem & Ecography – 1

• Journal of Forest Science – 3

• Journal of Horticulture and Forestry – 1

• LAND – 1

• Landscape Ecology – 9

• Landscape Online – 2

• Landscape and Urban Planning – 4

• Land Use Policy – 5

• Open Journal of Forestry – 2

• Regional Environmental Change – 1

• Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research – 3

• Science of the Total Environment – 1

• Soil and Tillage Research – 1

• Spanish Journal of Rural Development – 1

• Sustainability – 5


Research Programs / national level activities


• CONSOLIDER, Spanish Ministry for Science and Innovation



• Le Studium, Loire Valley Institute for Advanced Studies, France

• National Biodiversity Strategy (BMBF/BMU)

• National Center of Science and Technology Evaluation, Republic of Kazakhstan, Program “Land-scape-ecological stability of the nature use as the basis of the "green" economy of Kazakhstan"

• National Research Foundation (NRC), South-Africa

• NERC-Science of the Environment / Ecosystem Service for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA), UK


• TEEB (National TEEB, Germany, Chapter Forestry in Rural Areas)

Tutorship of doctoral candidates

• Ecosystem services of wetlands and Agricultural land use under climate change: case study of a semi-arid watershed, North Benin (WASCAL, tutoring, in work)

• Development of integrated evaluation approaches for the impact of forestry and agriculture on landscape related ecosystem services (TU Dresden, tutoring, in work – submission in 2014)

• Development and validation of a mathematical-normative approach for standardized landscape assessment considering spatial patterns (TU Dresden, tutoring, defense 07/14)

• Nähr- und Schadstoffdynamik flugaschebeeinflusster Waldböden der Dübener Heide: Ist-Zustand und Prognosen (TU Dresden, tutoring, 2011)

Supervision of
ongoing doctoral theses

• Integrated strategies for improving biomass provision (BioMassWeb, supervision, in work)

• Energy efficiency of land use alternatives (BioMassWeb, supervision, in work)

• Landscape Services and Land Use Change Dynamics in West Africa (WASCAL, supervision, in work)

• Interactions between different land uses and the impact of the land use pattern (WASCAL, supervision, in work)

• Land use pattern dynamics and their drivers (WASCAL, supervision, in work)

• Searching an ideal landscape as criteria to identify different perceptions on land use among various stakeholders (WASCAL, supervision, in work)

• Assessing soil respiration and microbial biomass of carbon and Nitrogen within an experimental cropland in a watershed, Ghana (WASCAL, supervision, in work)

• Mainstreaming ecosystem services in territorial planning instruments in Chile: analysis of production, beneficiaries and tradeoffs in a spatial context (Universidad Católica de Temuco, Chile, supervision, in work)

Supervision of
completed doctoral theses

• Analysis of soil chemical properties, potentials and risks along a fly-ash deposition gradient in Dübener Heide and the Upper Lusatian area

• Biodiversité potentielle dans les forêts du Vercors : une approche hiérarchique pour la conservation des espaces forestiers ; IRSTEA / Univ. de Grenoble ; rapporteur de thèse

• Spatial preferences in forest planning (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Member of the Evaluation committee, 2013)

• Spatial assessment of multiple ecosystem services in an Alpine region (Doctoral School of Environmental Engineering, University of Trento, member of the evaluation committee, 2014)

• Life cycle thinking – strategies for sustainable renovation of existing buildings (Doctoral School of Environmental Engineering, University of Trento, member of the evaluation committee, 2014)

• Addressing equity in sustainability assessment: A theoretical framework with applications in the Oil & Gas sector (Doctoral School of Environmental Engineering, University of Trento, member of the evaluation committee, 2014)

Professional experience

* 11/2000 - 12/2011 Researcher at TU Dresden, Institute for Soil Science and Site Ecology

* since 01/2012 Senior Researcher at ZEF C, University of Bonn



* Diplom-Forstwirt Univ., LMU München

* Ass. d. FD

* Dr. rer. silv., TU Dresden

* Habilitation at Faculty for Agriculture, University of Bonn, venia legendi in Natural Resource Management

Funding institutions

* German Federal Ministry of Education and Research

* ERA Net WoodWisdom / BioEnergy

Research partners

Christine Fürst

Former Senior Researcher