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Prof. Dr. Matthias Langensiepen

Senior Scientist

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Phone: +49 (0)228 73  2924,6849
Fax: +49 (0)228 73 2870
Office: 2.002

Research profile

My interest is in the application of modeling techniques in interdisciplinary studies. Understanding the agroecology of plant cultivation in temperate, tropical, and arid environments is the major focus of my work. I am currently working as a system modeler in two large collaborative research projects. Identifying patterns in soil-vegetation-atmosphere systems and trying to understand their interrelations is the focus of one collaborative research (TR32 SFB). The other assesses environmentally friendly options for food production in East-African wetlands (GlobE Wetlands). Interfacing system biological computation methods with growth modeling is an upcoming activity. 

I have conducted energy-balance studies in plant and tree canopies, simulated growth of the most important crops using contemporary crop models, and analyzed agricultural production systems in semi-arid and tropical regions. I recently invested considerable amount of time in validating and improving measuring techniques for generating high quality data required for proper model parameterization, calibration, and validation. Designing a canopy chamber for measuring plant stand gas-exchange and improving the heat-balance method for measuring sap-flow in wheat are recent contributions.

Prof. Dr. M. Langensiepen

Current projects

Wetlands in East Africa: Reconciling future food production with environmental protection

Patterns in Soil-Vegetation-Atmosphere-Systems

Selected publications

Langensiepen, M., Kupisch, M., Graf, A., Schmidt, M., Ewert, F. (2014) Improving the stem heat balance method for determining sap-flow in wheat. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 186: 34-42

Abbo, S., Goren, O., Saranga, Y., Langensiepen, M., Bonfil, D.J. (2013) Leaf shape x sowing density interaction affects chickpea grain yield. Plant Breeding 132: 200-204

Langensiepen, M., Kupisch, M.,van Wijk, M., Ewert, F. (2012) Analyzing closed chamber effects on canopy gas exchange for optimizing flux calculation timing. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 164: 61-70

Sakane, N., Alvarez, M., Becker, M., Böhme, B., Handa, C., Kamiri, H.W., Langensiepen, M., Menz, G., Misana, S., Mogha, N.G., Möseler, B.M., Mwita, E.J., Oyieke, H.A., Wijk, M.T. (2011) Classification, characterization, and use of small wetlands in East Africa. Wetlands 31: 1103-1116

Langensiepen M., Fuchs M., Bergamaschi H., Moreshet S., Cohen Y., Wolff P., Jutzi S., Cohen S., Rosa L.M.G., Li Y., Fricke T. (2009) Quantifying the uncertainties of transpiration calculations with the Penman-Monteith equation under different climate and optimum water supply conditions. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 149: 1063-1072

Langensiepen M., Hanus H., Schoop P. and Gräsle W. (2008) Validating CERES-Wheat under North-German environmental conditions. Agricultural Systems 97: 34-47

Langensiepen, M., Burgess, S., Lambers, H., Mitchell, P. and Veneklass, E. (2006) A model for simulating the transpiration of Eucalyptus salmonophloia trees. Physiologia Plantarum 127: 465–477


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