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Guido van der Werf received his MSc. (2001) and PhD (2006) from the Vrije Universiteit, the latter based on a 3 year internship at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. He received fellowships from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) in 2006 (Veni) and 2014 (Vici) and a starting grant from the European Research Council (ERC) in 2011. Together with colleagues in the U.S. he developed the Global Fire Emissions Database and he is since 2014 amongst the 1% most frequently cited Earth scientists. 


Van der Werf aims to understand how the global carbon cycle interacts with the climate system. His group focuses specifically on deforestation and forest fires. Combining biogeochemical modeling, satellite data, and atmospheric modeling enables them to quantify fire and deforestation emissions, and these are the basis for exploring their response to and influence on climatic, demographic, and socio-economical changes. In addition, they use satellite data to test ecological hypotheses over large scales.


Van der Werf teaches the Global Change course for Bachelor students Earth Sciences and Earth and Economics students, and coordinates the Master's course Global Biogeochemical Cycles for Earth Sciences students

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Research Output 2003 2018

Biological and geophysical feedbacks with fire in the Earth system

Archibald, S. , Lehmann, C. E. R. , Belcher, C. M. , Bond, W. J. , Bradstock, R. A. , Daniau, A. L. , Dexter, K. G. , Forrestel, E. J. , Greve, M. , He, T. , Higgins, S. I. , Hoffmann, W. A. , Lamont, B. B. , McGlinn, D. J. , Moncrieff, G. R. , Osborne, C. P. , Pausas, J. G. , Price, O. , Ripley, B. S. , Rogers, B. M. & 5 others Schwilk, D. W., Simon, M. F., Turetsky, M. R., Van Der Werf, G. R. & Zanne, A. E. 6 Mar 2018 In : Environmental Research Letters. 13, 3, p. 1-19 18 p., 033003

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Fine Particle Emissions From Tropical Peat Fires Decrease Rapidly With Time Since Ignition

Roulston, C., Paton-Walsh, C., Smith, T. E. L., Guérette, E. A., Evers, S., Yule, C. M., Rein, G. & Van der Werf, G. R. 1 Jan 2018 (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Global Carbon Budget 2017

Le Quéré, C. , Andrew, R. M. , Friedlingstein, P. , Sitch, S. , Pongratz, J. , Manning, A. C. , Ivar Korsbakken, J. , Peters, G. P. , Canadell, J. G. , Jackson, R. B. , Boden, T. A. , Tans, P. P. , Andrews, O. D. , Arora, V. K. , Bakker, D. C. E. , Barbero, L. , Becker, M. , Betts, R. A. , Bopp, L. , Chevallier, F. & 30 others Chini, L. P., Ciais, P., Cosca, C. E., Cross, J., Currie, K., Gasser, T., Harris, I., Hauck, J., Haverd, V., Houghton, R. A., Hunt, C. W., Hurtt, G., Ilyina, T., Jain, A. K., Kato, E., Kautz, M., Keeling, R. F., Klein Goldewijk, K., Körtzinger, A., Landschützer, P., Lefèvre, N., Lenton, A., Lienert, S., Lima, I., Lombardozzi, D., Metzl, N., Millero, F., Monteiro, P. M. S., Munro, D. R. & Werf, G. R. V. 12 Mar 2018 In : Earth System Science Data. 10, 1, p. 405-448 44 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Historic Deforestation and Fire Dynamics: Quantifying their carbon emissions to better understand the global carbon cycle

van Marle, M. J. E. 2018 127 p.

Research output: ThesisPhD Thesis - Research VU, graduation VU

A human-driven decline in global burned area

Andela, N., Morton, D. C., Giglio, L., Chen, Y., van der Werf, G. R., Kasibhatla, P. S., DeFries, R. S., Collatz, G. J., Hantson, S., Kloster, S., Bachelet, D., Forrest, M., Lasslop, G., Li, F., Mangeon, S., Melton, J. R., Yue, C. & Randerson, J. T. 30 Jun 2017 In : Science. 356, 6345, p. 1356-1361

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