Henning Nolzen

Department of Ecological Modelling

Working Group Energy

IP EnergyLandUse


Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ

Department of Ecological Modelling

Permoserstr. 15
04318 Leipzig

Phone: +49 341 235-1895
henning (dot) nolzen (at) ufz.de

Henning Nolzen

Research Interests

  • Modelling of newly emerging energy landscapes: Simulation of spatial patterns of power suppy infrastructure units in context of the German energy transition, analysis of economic and environmental impacts and performance wirth regard to supply security.

  • Land use change modelling: Indirect land use change (ILUC) in the context of bioenergy production.


PhD Project "Modelling of newly emerging energy landscapes"

One of the most important challenges in Germany is the currently ongoing transition of the energy system towards renewable and decentralized forms of energy provision. With regard to the power sector, Germany aims to increase the share of renewable energy sources up to at least 80% until 2050. Furthermore, the goal is to phase out nuclear power until 2022. Along with these ambitious targets comes the requirement to construct new power supply infrastructure units such as wind turbines and solar panels but also the dismantling of conventional infrastructure units such as nuclear and coal-fired power plants. In addition, new transmission lines are needed to connect new infrastructure units that are located in rural areas and offshore to transmit power to the main demand centers in the southern and western parts of Germany. Thus, the energy transition is accompanied by structural changes of rural and urban areas. Newly emerging energy landscapes come into play with significant socio-economic as well as environmental impacts. The PhD project has the aim to model the transformation of spatial patterns of power supply infrastructure units, i.e. energy landscapes, in the context of the German energy transition. Therefore, a stylized spatially-explicit and rule-based model was developed to generate and analyze landscape patterns, their environmental impacts and their performance with regard to supply security and economic efficiency.

Research of the Department of Ecological Modelling: Energy Transition

See also: Energy Economic Research at the UFZ


  • Groeneveld, J., Müller, B., Buchmann, C.M., Dressler, G., Guo, C., Hase, N., Hoffmann, F., John, F., Klassert, C., Lauf, T., Liebelt, V., Nolzen, H., Pannicke, N., Schulze, J., Weise, H., Schwarz, N., (2017):
    Theoretical foundations of human decision-making in agent-based land use models – A review
    Environ. Modell. Softw. 87 , 39 - 48
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  • Schulze, J., Gawel, E., Nolzen, H., Weise, H., Frank, K., (2017):
    The expansion of short rotation forestry: characterization of determinants with an agent-based land use model
    GCB Bioenergy
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  • Sun, Z., Lorscheid, I., Millington, J.D., Lauf, S., Magliocca, N.R., Groeneveld, J., Balbi, S., Nolzen, H., Müller, B., Schulze, J., Buchmann, C.M., (2017):
    Simple or complicated agent-based models? A complicated issue
    Environ. Modell. Softw. 86 , 56 - 67
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  • Müller, B., Balbi, S., Buchmann, C.M., de Sousa, L., Dressler, G., Groeneveld, J., Klassert, C.J., Le, Q.B., Millington, J.D.A., Nolzen, H., Parker, D.C., Polhill, J.G., Schlüter, M., Schulze, J., Schwarz, N., Sun, Z., Taillandier, P., Weise, H., (2014):
    Standardised and transparent model descriptions for agent-based models: current status and prospects
    Environ. Modell. Softw. 55 , 156 - 163
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