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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 2019

Global fire emissions buffered by the production of pyrogenic carbon

Jones, M. W., Santín, C., van der Werf, G. R. & Doerr, S. H., 1 Jan 2019, In : Nature Geoscience.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

carbon cycle
carbon sequestration
land use change

Historical background and current developments for mapping burned area from satellite Earth observation

Chuvieco, E., Mouillot, F., van der Werf, G. R., San Miguel, J., Tanasse, M., Koutsias, N., García, M., Yebra, M., Padilla, M., Gitas, I., Heil, A., Hawbaker, T. J. & Giglio, L., 1 May 2019, In : Remote Sensing of Environment. 225, p. 45-64 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Earth (planet)
fire management
satellite sensor

The Global Fire Atlas of individual fire size, duration, speed and direction

Andela, N., Morton, D. C., Giglio, L., Paugam, R., Chen, Y., Hantson, S., Van Der Werf, G. R. & Randerson, J. T., 24 Apr 2019, In : Earth System Science Data. 11, 2, p. 529-552 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
biomass burning
humid tropics

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 othersSchwilk, 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 articleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
gas emissions
coarse woody debris
decayed wood


Ammodo KNAW

Guido van der Werf (Recipient), 2017


Vening Meinesz

Guido van der Werf (Recipient), 2008


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