Dr. Hannes Böttcher
Dr. Hannes Böttcher
Dr. Hannes Böttcher

Dr. Hannes Böttcher

Senior Researcher
Energy & Climate

Special Expertise

  • Emissions from Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF)
  • Accounting rules for LULUCF and international climate policy
  • GHG balances of forest ecosystems and the forest sector
  • Land use modeling and projections of land use emissions
  • Biomass potentials from agriculture and forestry
  • Remote sensing of forests
  • System Dynamics Modelling

Key Projects

  • DG CLIMA Independent Monitoring of Global Land Use Emissions
  • DG ENV Resource Efficient Biomass Use (ReceBio)
  • UBA Nexus Resource Efficiency and Land Use
  • System dynamic Modelling of Silvicultural Options
  • LULUCF and EU Climate Policy

Selected Publications

  • Böttcher, H. & Graichen, J. (2016). Going beyond 40% - options to ensure LULUCF maintains the high environmental integrity of the EU climate and energy package. Berlin.
  • Forsell, N.; Korosuo, A.; Havlík, P.; Valin, H.; Lauri, P.; Gusti, M.; Kindermann, G.; Böttcher, H.; Hennenberg, K.; Hünecke, K.; Wiegmann, K.; Pekkanen, M.; Nuolivirta, P.; Bowyer, C.; Nanni, S.; Allen, B.; Poláková, J.; Fitzgerald, J. & Lindner, M. (2016). Study on impacts on resource efficiency of future EU demand for bioenergy - ReceBio Summary Report.
  • Frank, S.; Böttcher, H.; Gusti, M.; Havlík, P.; Klaassen, G.; Kindermann, G. & Obersteiner, M. (2016). Dynamics of the land use, land use change, and forestry sink in the European Union: The impacts of energy and climate targets for 2030. Climatic Change. doi:10.1007/s10584-016-1729-7.
  • Böttcher, H. & Graichen, J. (2015). Impacts on the EU 2030 climate target of including LULUCF in the climate and energy policy framework. Berlin.
  • Repo, A.; Böttcher, H.; Kindermann, G. & Liski, J. (2015). Sustainability of forest bioenergy in Europe: Land-use-related carbon dioxide emissions of forest harvest residues. GCB Bioenergy, 7(4), pp. 877–887. doi:10.1111/gcbb.12179.
  • Smith, P.; Haberl, H.; Popp, A.; Erb, K.-H.; Lauk, C.; Harper, R.; Tubiello, F.; De Siqueira Pinto, Alexandre; Jafari, M.; Sohi, S.; Masera, O.; Böttcher, H.; Berndes, G.; Bustamante, M.; Ahammad, H.; Clark, H.; Dong, H.; Elsiddig, E.; Mbow, C.; Ravindranath, N.; Rice, C.; Robledo Abad, C.; Romanovskaya, A.; Sperling, F.; Herrero, M.; House, J. & Rose, S. (2013). How much land-based greenhouse gas mitigation can be achieved without compromising food security and environmental goals? Global change biology, 19(8), pp. 2285–2302. doi:10.1111/gcb.12160.
  • Roelfsema, Mark; Elzen, Michel Den; Höhne, Niklas; Hof, Andries; Braun, Nadine; Fekete, Hanna, Böttcher, Hannes (2013): Assessment of climate and energy policies of major emitting countries. In: Energy Policy. DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2013.11.055.
  • Böttcher, H.; Frank, S.; Havlík, P. & Elbersen, B. (2013). Future GHG emissions more efficiently controlled by land-use policies than by bioenergy sustainability criteria. Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining, pp. 115–125. doi:10.1002/bbb.1369.
  • Frank, S.; Böttcher, H.; Havlík, P.; Valin, H.; Mosnier, A.; Obersteiner, M.; Schmid, E. & Elbersen, B. (2013). How effective are the sustainability criteria accompanying the European Union 2020 biofuel targets? GCB Bioenergy, 5(3), pp. 306–314. doi:10.1111/j.1757-1707.2012.01188.x.
  • Böttcher, H.; Freibauer, A.; Scholz, Y.; Gitz, V.; Ciais, P.; Mund, M.; Wutzler, T. & Schulze, E.-D. (2012). Setting priorities for land management to mitigate climate change. Carbon Balance and Management, 7(5), p.5. doi:10.1186/1750-0680-7-5.
  • Böttcher, H.; Verkerk, P.; Gusti, M.; Havlik, P. & Grassi, G. (2012). Projection of the future EU forest CO2 sink as affected by recent bioenergy policies using two advanced forest management models. GCB Bioenergy, 4(6), pp. 773–783. doi:10.1111/j.1757-1707.2011.01152.x.
  • Obersteiner, M.; Böttcher, H. & Yamagata, Y. (2010). Terrestrial ecosystem management for climate change mitigation. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 2(4), pp. 271–276. doi:10.1016/j.cosust.2010.05.006.
  • Obersteiner M, Rametsteiner E, Kraxner F, McCallum I, Aoki K, Bottcher H, Fritz S, Gusti M, Havlik P, Kindermann G, Reyers B (2010). Towards a sound REDD. In: Deforestation and Climate Change: Reducing Carbon Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation, V. Bosetti, R. Lubowski (eds), Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK, pp.121-136.
  • Böttcher, H.; Eisbrenner, K.; Fritz, S.; Kindermann, G.; Kraxner, F.; McCallum, I. & Obersteiner, M. (2009). An assessment of monitoring requirements and costs of 'Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation'. Carbon Balance and Management, 4(1), p.7. doi:10.1186/1750-0680-4-7 (highly accessed).
  • Obersteiner, M.; Huettner, M.; Kraxner, F.; McCallum, I.; Aoki, K.; Bottcher, H.; Fritz, S.; Gusti, M.; Havlik, P.; Kindermann, G.; Rametsteiner, E. & Reyers, B. (2009). On fair, effective and efficient REDD mechanism design. Carbon Balance and Management, 4, p.11. doi:10.1186/1750-0680-4-11 (highly accessed).
  • Böttcher, H.; Freibauer, A.; Obersteiner, M. & Schulze, E.-D. (2008). Uncertainty analysis of climate change mitigation options in the forestry sector using a generic carbon budget model. Ecological Modelling, 213(1), pp. 45–62. doi:10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2007.11.007.
  • Böttcher, H.; Kurz, W. & Freibauer, A. (2008). Accounting of forest carbon sinks and sources under a future climate protocol-factoring out past disturbance and management effects on age-class structure. Environmental Science & Policy, 11(8), pp. 669–686. doi:10.1016/j.envsci.2008.08.005.
  • Böttcher, H. (2008): Forest Management for Climate Change Mitigation. Modeling of Forestry Options, their Impact on the Regional Carbon Balance and Implications for a Future Climate Protocol. Doctoral thesis (engl.), Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg.

Professional Training and Career

  • Since 10/2013 Senior Researcher at Öko-Institut, Division Energy & Climate, Berlin
  • 01/2007-09/2013 Research Scholar at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Ecosystem Services and Management Program, Laxenburg, Austria
  • 11/2007 PhD in Forest sciences (Dr. rer. nat.) from University of Freiburg, Germany
  • 10/2003-12/2006 Researcher and PhD student at Max-Planck-Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena, Germany
  • 10/2003 MSc. in Forest sciences and Ecology from University of Göttingen, Germany

Language Skills

  • German: mother tongue
  • English: fluent
  • Estonian: fluent
  • French: Good understanding of spoken and written content
  • Russian: Basic knowledge