Nikolai Knapp


Nikolai Knapp
Department of Ecological Modelling
Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ
Permoserstr. 15
04318 Leipzig

Tel: ++49 341 235 4764
Fax: ++49 341 235 1473


Nikolai Knapp


My research interest is about linking the fields of remote sensing and forest modelling. Lidar and Radar remote sensing allow us to measure forest structures at large scales. Dynamic forest models, like FORMIND , provide tools to study the processes behind the structures. Combining both improves our understanding of how canopy height structure is related to above ground biomass and carbon dynamics. The focus lies on tropical forests. They play an important role in the global carbon cycle, but they are structurally complex and less well covered by inventories compared to other ecosystems.

Current project: Biotrop-X

Forest simulation FORMIND simulation Lidar simulation Lidar simulation



  • Fischer, R., Bohn, F., Dantas de Paula, M., Dislich, C., Groeneveld, J., Gutiérrez, A.G., Kazmierczak, M., Knapp, N., Lehmann, S., Paulick, S., Pütz, S., Rödig, E., Taubert, F., Köhler, P., Huth, A., (2016):
    Lessons learned from applying a forest gap model to understand ecosystem and carbon dynamics of complex tropical forests
    Ecol. Model. 326 , 124 - 133
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  • Getzin, S., Fischer, R., Knapp, N., Huth, A., (2017):
    Using airborne LiDAR to assess spatial heterogeneity in forest structure on Mount Kilimanjaro
    Landsc. Ecol. 32 (9), 1881 - 1894
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  • Shugart, H.H., Asner, G.P., Fischer, R., Huth, A., Knapp, N., Le Toan, T., Shuman, J.K., (2015):
    Computer and remote-sensing infrastructure to enhance large-scale testing of individual-based forest models
    Front. Ecol. Environ. 13 (9), 503 - 511
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since 2015 PhD student at UFZ working for the Biotrop-X project
2015 Research assistant in the REDD+ monitoring group of the Peruvian ministery of environment in Lima
2012 - 2014 Forest Information Technology studies (MSc.) at HNE Eberswalde and SGGW Warsaw
2006 - 2012 Biology studies (Diploma) at University of Würzburg (Tropical Ecology, Bioinformatics, Vegetation Ecology, Biotechnology) with research stays at University Via Domitia Perpignan (2010) and University of Brunei Darussalam (2011)