Dr. rer. nat. Carsten Lemmen

Carsten Lemmen

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  • Adaptive Trait-Based Modeling Mathematical approaches to simulating dynamic large systems. Integration of Adaptive Trait Based models into Earth System Models. Mechanistic and heuristic formulation of aggregate processes in different social and ecological systems.

    PACES II 2.2: Species interactions in changing and exploited coastal seas
  • Modular Coupling Modular coupling of computer models that describe natural and social system. This research is performed within the MOSSCO project, I invite comments on our Discussion paper
  • Human Ecodynamics The interaction of humans with their environments over long time scales and large regions, with a focus on the continuous processes that shape this interaction. Formulation and simulation of mathematical models of socio-ecological systems with a focus on adaptative socio-cultural change and methods for describing systems at aggregated (a whole society, city) versus individual (household, person) scales.

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    interview on the beginnings of Climate Change, and comment on our latest discussion paper


Since 2007 Senior researcher at the Institute of Coastal Research, Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, Germany. Research assistant in ancient socio-environmental interaction modeling. Project management, software development.

Since 2012 Archaeosociomodeling consultant at C.L. Science Consult, Lüneburg

2006-2007 Senior researcher at the Copernicus Institute for Sustainable Development, Utrecht University, The Netherlands.. Software development and project management.

2005-2006 PostDoc at the Institute for Chemistry and Dynamics of the Geosphere, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany. Investigation of chemistry-climate interactions, chemistry-climate modelling and numerical model development, software release and licensing.

2001 Junior researcher at the Institute for Southern Ocean Studies, University of Tasmania, Australia. Research on “Stable states in a Southern Ocean food web model under a changing climate."


2005 PhD (Dr. rer. nat.) in atmospheric physics awarded by Bergisch University Wuppertal, Germany

2002-2005 PhD student at the Institute for Chemistry and Dynamics of the Geosphere, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany

2001 Diplom-Umweltwissenschaftler, Carl-von-Ossietzky University Oldenburg, Germany

1996-2001 Studies of Marine environmental sciences at Carl-von-Ossietzky University Oldenburg, Germany


since 2014 Physics didactis and Ecosystem Modeling, Leuphana University Lüneburg

since 2012 Experimental physics, Leuphana University Lüneburg

2011 Ecosystems in Global change, Leuphana University Lüneburg

2010/2011 Model systems in Global Change research, Leuphana University Lüneburg

2009 Umwelt- und Landschaftsgeschichte, Zurich University

2007-2009 Biogeochemical cycles, Christian-Albrechts-Unversity Kiel

Statistics (May 2017) Hirsch-Index 11, 740 citations; 22 peer-reviewed articles, of 44 total publications; 80+ oral and poster contributions.

Publications since 2016

Lemmen, C., Hofmeister, R., Klingbeil, K., Nasermoaddeli, M. H., Kerimoglu, O., Burchard, H., Kösters, F., and Wirtz, K. W.: Modular System for Shelves and Coasts (MOSSCO v1.0) – a flexible and multi-component framework for coupled coastal ocean ecosystem modelling, Geosci. Model Dev. Discussions, in review, 2017, https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-2017-138

Robinson, D. T., Di Vittorio, A., Alexander, P., Arneth, A., Barton, C. M., Brown, D. G., Kettner, A., Lemmen, C., O'Neill, B. C., Janssen, M., Pugh, T. A. M., Rabin, S. S., Rounsevell, M., Syvitski, J. P., Ullah, I., and Verburg, P. H.: Modelling feedbacks between human and natural processes in the land system, Earth Syst. Dynam. Discuss., in review, 2017, https://doi.org/10.5194/esd-2017-68

C. Lemmen, R. Hofmeister, K. Klingbeil, M.H. Nasermoaddeli (2017): Modular System for Shelves and Coasts (MOSSCO v1.0.1), Open source software, doi:10.5281/zenodo.806770

C. Lemmen and D. Gronenborn (2017): The Diffusion of Humans and Cultures in the Course of the Spread of Farming. Chapter 19 in: Diffusive Spreading in Nature, Technology and Society. A. Bunde, J. Caro, J. Kärger, G. Vogl (Eds.). Springer Fundamentals, in press

Gronenborn, D., Strien, H.C., Lemmen, C.: Population Dynamics, Social Resilience Strategies, and Adaptive Cycles in Early Farming Societies of SW Central Europe, Quaternary International, 446, 54-65, doi:10.1016/j.quaint.2017.01.018

Lemmen, C. (2016): Menschgemachter Klimawandel schon vor 3000 Jahren? Das frühe Anthropozän. In: Busch, R. “Die erste Geesthachterin und ihre Zeit — neue Indizien und Erkenntnisse nach 3.000 Jahren. Die Frau aus dem Totenhaus von Grünhof-Tesperhude”, GeesthachtMuseum!, 35–47

Vannière, B., Blarquez, O., Rius, D., Doyen, E., Brücher, T., Colombaroli D., Connor S., Feurdean A., Hickler T., Lemmen C., Leys B., Massa C., Olofsson J. (2016): 7000-year human legacy of elevation-dependent European fire regimes. Quat. Science Rev. 132, 206–212, doi:10.1016/j.quascirev.2015.11.012

W. F. Ruddiman, D. Q. Fuller, J. E. Kutzbach, P. C. Tzedakis, J. O. Kaplan, E. C. Ellis, S. J. Vavrus, C. N. Roberts, R. Fyfe, F. He, C. Lemmen, J. Woodbridge: Late Holocene climate: natural or anthropogenic? Rev. Geophys., 54(1), 93-118 doi:10.1002/2015RG000503

Publications 2013 - 2015
Publications 2010 - 2012

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The BMBF-funded project Modular Coupling System for Shelves and Coasts defines interfacing standards and builds coupling software that creates true modularity. www.mossco.de

The Integrated History and future of People on Earth initiative is a global network of researchers and research projects that link human and Earth system history through the integration of knowledge and resources from the biophysical and the social sciences and the humanities. ihopenet.org