Matthias Forkel is a junior professor for Environmental Remote Sensing at TU Dresden, Germany (since 09/2019). His research focus on the development and application of Earth observation products to monitor and model environmental processes (fire, vegetation dynamics, vegetation moisture, phenology, photosynthesis, biomass) and to assess climate impacts on vegetation, fires, and the global carbon cycle.

He was a post-doctoral researcher in the Climate and Environmental Remote Sensing Group at TU Wien, Vienna, Austria (01/2016-08/2019). The post-doctoral research was partly funded by an ESA Living Planet Fellowship (CCI4SOFIE, CCI data for assessing soil moisture controls on fire emissions, 02/2016-01/2018). He received the PhD degree from the University Jena and the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry Jena, Germany, in 2015. 


  • Crocetti, L., Forkel, M., Fischer, M., Jurečka, F., Grlj, A., Salentinig, A., Trnka, M., Anderson, M., Ng, W.-T., Kokalj, Ž., Bucur, A. and Dorigo, W. (2020). Earth Observation for agricultural drought monitoring in the Pannonian Basin (southeastern Europe): current state and future directions. Regional Environmental Change, 20(4), 123.
  • Moesinger, L., Dorigo, W., Jeu, R. de, Schalie, R. van der, Scanlon, T., Teubner, I., Forkel, M. (2020). The global long-term microwave Vegetation Optical Depth Climate Archive (VODCA). Earth System Science Data 12, 177–196.
  • Forkel, M., Drüke, M., Thurner, M., Dorigo, W., Schaphoff, S., Thonicke, K., Bloh, W. von, Carvalhais, N. (2019). Constraining modelled global vegetation dynamics and carbon turnover using multiple satellite observations. Scientific Reports 9, 1–12.
  • Drüke, M., Forkel, M., Bloh, W. von, Sakschewski, B., Cardoso, M., Bustamante, M., Kurths, J., Thonicke, K. (2019). Improving the LPJmL4-SPITFIRE vegetation-fire model for South America using satellite data. Geoscientific Model Development 12, 5029-5054.
  • Forkel, M., Dorigo, W.A., Lasslop, G., Chuvieco, E., Hantson, S., Heil, A., Teubner, I., Thonicke, K., Harrison, S.P. (2019). Recent global and regional trends in burned area and their compensating environmental controls. Environmental Research Communications.
  • Forkel, M., Andela, N., Harrison, S.P., Lasslop, G., Marle, M. van, Chuvieco, E., Dorigo, W., Forrest, M., Hantson, S., Heil, A., Li, F., Melton, J., Sitch, S., Yue, C., Arneth, A. (2019). Emergent relationships with respect to burned area in global satellite observations and fire-enabled vegetation models. Biogeosciences 16, 57–76.
  • Forkel, M., Carvalhais, N., Rödenbeck, C., Keeling, R., Heimann, M., Thonicke, K., Zaehle, S. and Reichstein, M.: Enhanced seasonal CO2 exchange caused by amplified plant productivity in northern ecosystems, Science, aac4971, doi:10.1126/science.aac4971, 2016