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Roxana Petrescu is an environmental researcher specialised on emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) and hydrology. At the VU Amsterdam she is part of the Earth and Climate Cluster research team working on the VERIFY EU project.

Her  current work is dealing with reconciliation and assessment of different models and tools leading to verification of GHG inventories (VERIFY WP5) by synthesising observation-based estimates of GHG fluxes and carbon stocks from bottom-up, top-down and global emissions databases (e.g. EDGAR-JRC)  to deliver products in preparation for comparison and potential reconciliation with official country level UNFCCC emission inventories.

She has a background diploma in environmental engineering and a PhD in environmental sciences/hydrology. She has more than 10 years of environmental research experience related to emissions of greenhouse gases (CO2, CH4 and partly N2O). Roxana’s main expertize is modelling of CH4 emissions from natural wetlands with interests in other sectors as well (e.g. forestry and agriculture).

She has great experience working with databases as previously part of the JRC EDGAR database operational team. She was in charge of developing new methodologies for the inclusion of C stocks from the LULUCF sector, modelling of natural CH4 emissions and performing updates, data management and gridding procedures and intercomparisons. She has great knowledge on representing the available spatial data sets for environmental modelling on all scales, from regional to global and she is proficient in handling large datasets and working with GIS tools.

Roxana Petrescu’s work on data review and analysis is well represented by her scientific publications. She is trained in reporting and presenting her results to a broad audience having different backgrounds e.g. scientists, policy makers and stakeholders.


  • Global modelling of natural CH4 emissions from wetlands
  • Emissions of  greenhouse gases (bottom-up modelling – CO2, CH4, N2O)
  • Emission inventory calculation and verification methodology
  • Climate data analysis
  • Land climate interactions
  • Hydrological modelling/processes
  • Remote sensing
  • Interests in forestry, agriculture and energy sectors.
  • Environmental project management and planning

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Research Output 2007 2019

EDGAR v4.3.2 Global Atlas of the three major greenhouse gas emissions for the period 1970-2012

Janssens-Maenhout, G., Crippa, M., Guizzardi, D., Muntean, M., Schaaf, E., Dentener, F., Bergamaschi, P., Pagliari, V., Olivier, J. G. J., Peters, J. A. H. W., Van Aardenne, J. A., Monni, S., Doering, U., Petrescu, A. M. R., Solazzo, E. & Oreggioni, G. D., 8 Jul 2019, In : Earth System Science Data. 11, 3, p. 959-1002 44 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
greenhouse gas
European Union
atmospheric modeling
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

The uncertain climate footprint of wetlands under human pressure

Petrescu, A. M. R., Lohila, A., Tuovinen, J. P., Baldocchi, D. D., Desai, A. R., Roulet, N. T., Vesala, T., Dolman, A. J., Oechel, W. C., Marcolla, B., Friborg, T., Rinne, J., Matthes, J. H., Merbold, L., Meijide, A., Kiely, G., Sottocornola, M., Sachs, T., Zona, D., Varlagin, A. & 7 othersLai, D. Y. F., Veenendaal, E., Parmentier, F. J. W., Skiba, U., Lund, M., Hensen, A. & van Huissteden, J., 2015, In : Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 112, 15, p. 4594-4599

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

climatic region

[PDF] from Global estimates of carbon stock changes in living forest biomass: EDGARv4. 3–time series from 1990 to 2010

Petrescu, A. M. R., Abad-Vinas, R., Janssens-Maenhout, G., Blujdea, V. & Grassi, G., 2012, In : Biogeosciences. 9, 8

Research output: Contribution to JournalReview articleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
climate change
land use change

Comparative Analysis of Major Global Forestry Datasets for Country Level Estimates of C Stock Change in Living Biomass

Petrescu, A. M. R., Blujdea, V., Abad-Vinas, R., Janssens-Maenhout, G. & Grassi, G., 2011, Comparative Analysis of Major Global Forestry Datasets for Country Level Estimates of C Stock Change in Living Biomass. AGU

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademic

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

Verifying greenhouse gas emissions: Methods to support international climate agreements

Janssens-Maenhout, G., Petrescu, A. M. R., Muntean, M. & Blujdea, V., 2011, In : Carbon Management. 1, 2

Research output: Contribution to JournalBook/Film/Article reviewAcademic

Activities 2006 2009

  • 4 Lecture / Presentation

CH4 and CO2 flux observations in northeast Siberian tundra and its implications for modelling of CH4 fluxes

J. van Huissteden (Speaker), F.J.W. Parmentier (Speaker), A.M.R. Petrescu (Speaker), P. Van Beek (Speaker), S. Karsanaev (Speaker), T. Maximov (Speaker), M.K. van der Molen (Speaker), A.J. Dolman (Speaker)
14 Dec 2009

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Sensitivity analysis of a soil methane emission model

J. van Huissteden (Speaker), D.M.D. Hendriks (Speaker), A.M.R. Petrescu (Speaker)
19 Apr 2009

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Results of five years of CO2 and CH4 flux measurements at Kytalyk reserve

J. van Huissteden (Speaker), M.K. van der Molen (Speaker), F.J.W. Parmentier (Speaker), A.V. Kononov (Speaker), S.V. Karsanaev (Speaker), D.A. Suzdalov (Speaker), A.M.R. Petrescu (Speaker), C. Berrittella (Speaker), A.J. Dolman (Speaker), T.C. Maximov (Speaker)

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Comparison of arctic and temperate wetland methane fluxes.

J. van Huissteden (Speaker), A.M.R. Petrescu (Speaker), D.M.D. Hendriks (Speaker), A.J. Dolman (Speaker)

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic