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Dr. Simon Besnard

Postdoctoral Researcher, Model Data Integration group and Laboratory for Geo-Information Science and Remote Sensing, Wageningen University
room: C1.014 or @Wageningen University
Phone: +31 6 2468 3180
Email: sbesnard(at)bgc-jena.mpg.de
Email: simon.besnard(at)wur.nl


Research interests

  • Terrestrial carbon cycle and vegetation dynamics
  • Memory effects
  • Earth observation data
  • Data-driven statistical modeling
  • Deep-learning methods

Recent peer-reviewed publications


Conference contributions

  • Besnard, S., Santoro, M., Cartus, O., Fan, N., Koirala, S., Weber, W. and Carvalhais, N. (2020). Global controls of environmental and land surface conditions on forest biomass dynamics, AGU
  • Besnard, S., Carvalhais, N., Clevers, J. G., Gans, F., Herold, M., Jung, M., Weber, U. and Reichstein, M. (2020). Constraining carbon allocation in a terrestrial ecosystem model using forest biomass data, EGU General Assembly
  • Besnard, S., Carvalhais, N., Clevers, J. G., Gans, F., Herold, M., Jung, M., Weber, U. and Reichstein, M. (2019). Dynamic lag effects of climate and vegetation on biosphere-atmosphere CO2 exchange: a global analysis, AGU Fall Meeting
  • Ciais, P., Besnard, S., Yao, Y., Yue, C., Carvalhais, N., Poulter, B., Pugh, T., Chave, J., Rozendaal, D., Stoy, P.C., Piao, S. and Reichstein, M. (2019). The global carbon balance of forests based on flux towers and forest age data, AGU Fall Meeting
  • Besnard, S., Carvalhais, N., Clevers, J. G., Gans, F., Herold, M., Jung, M., Weber, U. and Reichstein, M. (2019). Memory effects of Climate and vegetation affecting net ecosystem CO2 fluxes in global forests, Living Planet Symposium
  • Walther, S., Jung, M., Bodesheim, P., Nelson, J. Carvalhais, N., Migliavacca, M. Besnard, S., Weber, U., and Reichstein, M. (2019). Advances in data-driven modeling of terrestrial carbon fluxes: resolving the diurnal cycle and efforts towards FLUXCOM 2.0, Living Planet Symposium
  • Besnard, S., Carvalhais, N., Clevers, J. G., Dutrieux, L., Gans, F., Herold, M., Jung, M., Weber, U. and Reichstein, M. Modelling effects of forest disturbance history on carbon balance: a deep learning approach using Landsat-time series, AGU Fall Meeting
  • Besnard, S., Carvalhais, N. Clevers, J. G., Herold, M., Jung, M. and Reichstein, M. (2016). Stand age and climate drive forest carbon balance recovery, EGU General Assembly

Curriculum Vitae

2019-present Postdoctoral Researcher in the Model Data Integration Research Group at the Max-Planck-Institute for Biogeochemistry in Jena, Germany and in the Laboratory for Geo-Information Science and Remote Sensing, Wageningen University, The Netherlands
2015-2019 PhD Student in the Model Data Integration Research Group at the Max-Planck-Institute for Biogeochemistry in Jena, Germany and in the Laboratory for Geo-Information Science and Remote Sensing, Wageningen University, The Netherlands
2015 MSc. Geo-Information Science and Remote Sensing - Major: Deforestation and Climate Change at Wageningen University, The Netherlands
2010 MSc. Tropical Agricultural Systems and Agricultural Development - Major: International Land Management at Montpellier SupAgro, France
2008 Maitrise Integrated Watershed Management - Major: Natural Resources Conservation and Rehabilitation at the School of Agriculture of Rennes, France
2007 B.Sc. Earth and Life Sciences - Major: Environmental Science at the University of Rennes 1, France
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