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Katharina H. E. Meurer

Katharina Meurer


My research interest is in the cycling of carbon (C) and nitrogen (N) in soil and the mathematical description of underlying processes. This involves C sequestration and soil organic matter, as well as fluxes of greenhouse gases (GHG) from the soil to the atmosphere. Resulting from my education at the TU Braunschweig (Germany), I dealt with model application and adaptation of water transport (master thesis) and N2O fluxes (PhD thesis). The focus was on forest soils, as well as agricultural soils, i.e. grass- and croplands. During my first Post-doc at the Department of Ecology (October 2016 - October 2018; Prof. Thomas Kätterer), I mainly worked on SOC sequestration and greenhouse gas emissions from mineral but also organic soils under agricultural use.

Since November 2018 I am working at the Department of Soil and Environment in the Biogeophysics (Prof. Nicholas Jarvis) and Soil mechanics (Prof. Thomas Keller) groups. My research focus is on the modelling of soil structure dynamics.


since November 2018 Post-doc at the Department of Soil and Environment (Biogeofysik, Prof. Nicholas Jarvis; Markmekanik och jordbearbetning, Prof. Thomas Keller)

October 2016 - October 2018 Post-doc at the Department of Ecology (Systemekologi, Prof. Thomas Kätterer)

June 2016 PhD defense

Thesis: Measurement and modelling of land use specific greenhouse gas emissions from soils in Southern Amazonia, Brazil.

June 2015 - August 2016 Researcher within the joint project Carbiocial

July 2012 - May 2015 PhD student within the joint research project Carbiocial (BMBF). My subproject (SP02) dealt with the quantification and modelling of  greenhouse gas emissions (mainly N2O) from soils in Southern Amazonia, Brazil. The focus of the research was on different land uses in the two Federal States Mato Grosso (cerrado, cattle pastures, and cropland) and Pará (rainforest and cattle pastures).

October 2010 - June 2012 Master studies at the TU Braunschweig, Germany

Specifications: Soil and land management

                          Environmental Modelling

Master thesis: Inverse modelling of water transport in large lysimeters of the research station Zuerich Reckenholz

October 2007 - July 2010 Bachelor studies at the TU Braunschweig, Germany

Selected publications

Peer-reviewed journals

K. H. E. Meurer, U. Franko, C. F. Stange, J. Dalla Rosa, B. Madari, H. F. Jungkunst (2016). Direct nitrous oxide (N2O) fluxes from soils under different land use in Brazil - A critical review. Environ. Res. Lett. 11 (2016) 023001, doi:10.1088/1748-9326/11/2/023001     

K. H. E. Meurer, U. Franko, O. Spott, C. F. Stange, H. F. Jungkunst (2016). Model testing for nitrous oxide (N2O) fluxes from Amazonian cattle pastures. Atmos. Environ. 143, 67 - 78, doi: 10.1016/j.atmosenv.2016.08.047

B. Pietzner, J. Ruecknagel, B. Koblenz, D. Bednorz, N. Tauchnitz, J. Bischoff, S. Köbke, K. H. E. Meurer, R. Meissner, O. Christen (2017) Impact of slurry strip-till and surface slurry incorporation on NH3 and N2O emissions on different plot trials in Central Germany. Soil & Till. Res. 169, 54 – 64, doi: 10.1016/j.still.2017.01.011

K. H. E. Meurer, U. Franko, O. Spott, K. Schuetzenmeister, E. Niehaus, C. F. Stange, H. F. Jungkunst (2017) Missing hot moments of greenhouse gases in Southern Amazonia. Erdkunde 71(3), 195 - 211, doi: 10.3112/erdkunde.2017.03.03

R. Schönenberg, J. Boy, K. Hartberger, C. Schumann, G. Guggenberger, M. Siebold, T. Lakes, G. Lamparter, M. Schindewolf, R. Schaldach, C. Nendel, S. Hohnwald, K. H. E. Meurer, G. Gerold, M. Klingler (2017) Methods of inter- and transdisciplinary research - a trajectory of knowledge integration. Erdkunde 71(3), 177 - 193, doi:  10.3112/erdkunde.2017.03.02

J. Göpel, J. Schuengel, R. Schaldach, K. H. E. Meurer, H. F. Jungkunst, U. Franko, J. Boy, R. Strey, S. Strey, G. Guggenberger, A. Hampf, P. Parker (2018) Future land use and cover in Southern Amaoznia and resulting greenhouse gas emissions from agricultural soils. Regional Environmental Change 18(1) 129 - 142

R. Schaldach, K. H. E. Meurer, H. F. Jungkunst, C. Nendel, T. Lakes, F. Gollnow, J. Göpel, J. Boy, G. Guggenberger, R. Strey, S. Strey, T. Berger, G. Gerold, R. Schönenberg, J. Böhner, M. Schindewolf, E. Latynskiy, A. Hampf, P. S. Parker, P. C. Sentelhas (2018) A model-based assessment of the environmental impact of land-use change across scales in Southern Amazonia. Regional Environmental Change 18(1), 161 - 173

H. F. Jungkunst, K. H. E. Meurer, G. Jurasinski, E. Niehaus, A. Guenther (2018) How to best address spatial and temporal variability of soil-derived nitrous oxide and methane emissions. Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science, 181(1), 7 - 11

K. H. E. Meurer, N. R. Haddaway, M. A. Bolinder, T. Kätterer (2018) Tillage intensity affects total SOC stocks in boreo-temperate regions only in the topsoil - A systematic review using an ESM approach. Earth-Science Reviews 177, 613 - 622

K. H. E. Meurer, E. Bönecke, U. Franko (accepted) Evaluating emissions of N2O from cropland soils under different rotations in Mato Grosso, Brazil. Pedosphere


Book chapters

H. F. Jungkunst, T. Horvath, S. Erasmi, J. P. Krueger, K. H. E. Meurer, K. Schuetzenmeister, T. Guillaume, T. Scholten, F. Baumann, P.-M. Schleuss, J.S. He, P. Kuehn, J. Henker, J. Boy, T. Kätterer, J. Schneider: Regionally Diverse Land-Use Driven Feedbacks from Soils to the Climate System. In: R. Lal and B. A. Stewart (eds). Advances in Soil Science - Soil and Climate. 1st Edition. CRC Press, pp. 434, 2018.

Researcher leave of absence at the Department of Soil and Environment; Mark och miljö, Biogeofysik
Telephone: 018-672476
Postal address:
Box 7014
750 07 Uppsala
Visiting address: Lennarat Hjelms väg 9, Uppsala