Richard Fuchs

Richard Fuchs' main research focus is on land cover/use modelling (including land management), with emphasis on dynamics and pathways of land changes. He studies land-climate interactions, for instance how land management affects global climate and vice versa. During his PhD in Wageningen Richard developed the historic land cover/use reconstruction model HILDA ( which provides a reconstruction of Europe’s land cover/use and its changes of the last century (1900-2010) at 1km spatial resolution.
In the land use change and climate group at IMK-IFU, Richard assesses how global crop production strategies can be optimized to maximize food production and limit environmental degradation.

Telephone: +49 8821 183 161

Publications Richard Fuchs

Pongratz, J.; Dolman, H.; Don, A.; Erb, K.-H.; Fuchs, R.; Herold, M.; Jones, C.; Kuemmerle, T.; Luyssaert, S.; Meyfroidt, P.; Naudts, K.
Models meet data: Challenges and opportunities in implementing land management in Earth system models.
2018. Global change biology, 24 (4), 1470–1487. doi:10.1111/gcb.13988
Erb, K.-H.; Luyssaert, S.; Meyfroidt, P.; Pongratz, J.; Don, A.; Kloster, S.; Kuemmerle, T.; Fetzel, T.; Fuchs, R.; Herold, M.; Haberl, H.; Jones, C. D.; Marín-Spiotta, E.; McCallum, I.; Robertson, E.; Seufert, V.; Fritz, S.; Valade, A.; Wiltshire, A.; Dolman, A. J.
Land management: data availability and process understanding for global change studies.
2017. Global change biology, 23 (2), 512–533. doi:10.1111/gcb.13443
Fuchs, R.; Schulp, C. J. E.; Hengeveld, G. M.; Verburg, P. H.; Clevers, J. G. P. W.; Schelhaas, M.-J.; Herold, M.
Assessing the influence of historic net and gross land changes on the carbon fluxes of Europe.
2016. Global change biology, 22 (7), 2526–2539. doi:10.1111/gcb.13191
Fuchs, R.; Herold, M.; Verburg, P. H.; Clevers, J. G. P. W.; Eberle, J.
Gross changes in reconstructions of historic land cover/use for Europe between 1900 and 2010.
2015. Global change biology, 21 (1), 299–313. doi:10.1111/gcb.12714