Max Planck Gesellschaft
Ladislav Šigut

Guest scientist (PostDoc) with the
Biosphere-Atmosphere Interactions and Experimentation group

room: C1.024 (tower)
phone: +49 3641 576238
fax: +49 3641 5770
email: lsigut(at)

Research interests | Current Research | Academic background | Software | Publications

Research Interest:

  • Plant ecophysiology
  • Micrometeorology
  • Plant response and acclimation to meteorological factors
  • Plant response to stress / climate extremes
  • Development and application of processing methods for regularly collected data
  • Application of eddy covariance method in the mountainous terrain
  • Fluxes of matter and energy (eddy covariance method)
  • Phenology (phenocamera and field observations)
  • Respiration of ecosystem components (chamber measurements)
  • Combinations with other auxiliary measurements (biomass inventory, LAI, etc.)

Current Research:

  • Simplification of eddy covariance data quality control and processing
  • Application of subcanopy PAR sensors for quasi-continuous LAI estimation

Academic background:

since 2016 PostDoc at Global Change Research Institute CAS (, Department of Matter and Energy Fluxes

2012 – 2016 Structured graduate programme MICMoR, Associate MICMoR Fellow (

2011 – 2016 PhD. studies of Biophysics: Faculty of Science, University of Ostrava, Ostrava (PhD. thesis: Analysis of daily courses of GPP and NPP estimated by eddy covariance method in mountain forest ecosystems in the Czech Republic). Partially employed at Global Change Research Institute CAS (

2009 – 2011 M.Sc. studies of Biophysics: Faculty of Science, University of Ostrava, Ostrava (M.Sc. thesis: Response of assimilatory processes of selected tree species to interaction of different temperature, irradiance and CO2 concentration)

2006 – 2009 Bc. studies of Biophysics: Faculty of Science, University of Ostrava, Ostrava (Bc. thesis: Analysis of Norway spruce adaptability to different radiation and temperature regimes;


Šigut, L.; Mauder, M.; Sedlák, P.; Wutzler, T.; Fischer, M.; Mžourková Macálková, L.; McGloin, R.; Fratini, G.: The R Package for Low Frequency Eddy Covariance Data Processing. openeddy, 2018.

Wutzler, T., Reichstein, M., Lucas-Moffat, A., Menzer, O., Migliavacca, M., Sickel, K., Šigut, L.: Post Processing of (Half-)Hourly Eddy-Covariance Measurements. REddyProc 1.1.6, 2018.


Šigut, L., Holišová, P., Klem, K., Šprtová, M., Calfapietra, C., Marek, M.V., Špunda, V., Urban, O. Does a long-term cultivation of trees under elevated CO2 concentration influence their photosynthetic response to temperature? Annals of Botany 116, 929–939, 2015.

Jocher, G.; Fischer, M.; Šigut, L.; Pavelka, M.; Sedlák, P.; Katul, G. Assessing decoupling of above and below canopy air masses at a Norway spruce stand in complex terrain. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 294: Article number 108149, 2020.

Graf, A.; Dušek, J.; Fischer, M.; Foltýnová, L.; Kowalska, N.; Šigut, L., et al. Altered energy partitioning across terrestrial ecosystems in the European drought year 2018. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 375(1810), 20190524, 2020.

Fu, Z., Ciais, P., Bastos, A., Stoy, P. C., Šigut, L., et al. (2020). Sensitivity of gross primary productivity to climatic drivers during the summer drought of 2018 in Europe. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 375(1810), 20190747.

Kowalska, N., Šigut, L., Stojanović, M., Fischer, M., Kyselova, I., & Pavelka, M. (2020). Analysis of floodplain forest sensitivity to drought. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 375(1810), 20190518.

Gourlez de la Motte, L., Beauclaire, Q., Heinesch, B., Cuntz, M., Foltýnová, Šigut, L., L., … Longdoz, B. (2020). Non-stomatal processes reduce gross primary productivity in temperate forest ecosystems during severe edaphic drought. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 375(1810), 20190527.

Fisher, J. B., Lee, B., Purdy, A. J., Šigut, L., et al. (2020). ECOSTRESS: NASA's Next Generation Mission to measure evapotranspiration from the International Space Station. Water Resources Research, 56, e2019WR026058.

Pastorello, G.; Trotta, C.; Dušek, J.; Janouš, D.; Pavelka, M.; Sedlák, P.; Šigut, L., et al. The FLUXNET2015 dataset and the ONEFlux processing pipeline for eddy covariance data. Scientific Data 7, 225, 2020.

Nezval, O.; Krejza, J.; Světlík, J.; Šigut, L.; Horáček, P. Comparison of traditional ground-based observations and digital remote sensing of phenological transitions in a floodplain forest. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 291, 108079, 2020.

Peaucelle, M., Bacour, C., Ciais, P., Šigut, L., et al. Co-variations between plant functional traits emerge from constraining parameterization of a terrestrial biosphere model. Global Ecology and Biogeography 28, 1351–1365, 2019.

McGloin, R., Šigut, L., Fischer, M., Foltýnová, L., Chawla, S., Trnka, M., Pavelka, M., Marek, M.V., Available energy partitioning during drought at two Norway spruce forests and a European beech forest in central Europe. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 124, 2019.

Juráň, S., Šigut, L., Holub, P., Fares, S., Klem, K., Grace, J., Urban, O. Ozone flux and ozone deposition in a mountain spruce forest are modulated by sky conditions. Science of The Total Environment, Volume 672, 2019.

Sabbatini, S., Mammarella, I., Arriga, N., Fratini, G., Graf, A., Hörtnagl, L., Ibrom, A., Longdoz, B., Mauder, M., Merbold, L., Metzger, S., Montagnani, L., Pitacco, A., Rebmann, C., Sedlák, P., Šigut, L., Vitale, D., Papale, D. Eddy covariance raw data processing for CO2 and energy fluxes calculation at ICOS ecosystem stations. Int. Agrophys., 32, 495-515, 2018.

Franz, D., Acosta, M., Altimir, N., Šigut, L., et al. Towards long-term standardised carbon and greenhouse gas observations for monitoring Europe´s terrestrial ecosystems: a review. Int. Agrophys., 32, 439-455, 2018.

Collalti, A., Trotta, C., Keenan, T.F., Ibrom, A., Bond-Lamberty, B., Grote, R., Vicca, S., Reyer, C.P.O., Migliavacca, M., Veroustraete, F., Anav, A., Campioli, M., Scoccimarro, E., Šigut, L., Grieco, E., Cescatti, A., Matteucci, G., 2018. Thinning can reduce losses in carbon use efficiency and carbon stocks in managed forests under warmer climate. J. Adv. Model. Earth Syst. 1–26.

Juráň, S., Edwards-Jonášová, M., Cudlín, P., Zapletal, M.; Šigut, L., Grace, J., Urban, O. Prediction of ozone effects on net ecosystem production of Norway spruce forest. iForest – Biogeosciences and Forestry 2018(11): 743-750, 2018.

Wutzler, T., Lucas-Moffat, A., Migliavacca, M., Knauer, J., Sickel, K., Šigut, L., Menzer, O., and Reichstein, M.: Basic and extensible post-processing of eddy covariance flux data with REddyProc, Biogeosciences, 15, 5015-5030,, 2018.

Dušek, J., Acosta, M., Stellner, S., Šigut, L., Pavelka, M. Consumption of atmospheric methane by soil in a lowland broadleaf mixed forest. Plant Soil Environ., 64: 400-406, 2018.

McGloin, R., Šigut, L., Havránková, K., Dušek, J., Pavelka, M., Sedlák, P. Energy balance closure at a variety of ecosystems in Central Europe with contrasting topographies. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 248, 418–431, 2018.

Juráň, S., Pallozzi, E., Guidolotti, G., Fares, S., Šigut, L., Calfapietra, C., Alivernini, A., Savi, F., Večeřová, K., Křůmal, K., Večeřa, Z., Urban, O. Fluxes of biogenic volatile organic compounds above temperate Norway spruce forest of the Czech Republic. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 232, 500–513, 2017.

Krupková, L., Marková, I., Havránková, K., Pokorný, R., Urban, O., Šigut, L., Pavelka, M., Cienciala, E., Marek, M. V. Comparison of different approaches of radiation use efficiency of biomass formation estimation in Mountain Norway spruce. Trees - Structure and Function 1–13, 2017.

Štroch, M., Materová, Z., Vrábl, D., Karlický, V., Šigut, L., Nezval, J., Špunda, V. Protective effect of UV-A radiation during acclimation of the photosynthetic apparatus to UV-B treatment. Plant Physiology and Biochemistry 96: 90-96, 2015,

Urban, O., Klem, K., Holišová, P., Šigut, L., Šprtová, M., Teslová-Navrátilová, P., Zitová, M., Špunda, V., Marek, M.V. and Grace, J.: Impact of elevated CO2 concentration on dynamics of leaf photosynthesis in Fagus sylvatica is modulated by sky conditions. Environmental Pollution 185: 271-280, 2014.

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