Dr Klaus Hubacek


Research overview


       Forthcoming or recent publications

My main interests involve the modeling and analysis of socio-ecological systems. The Word Cloud gives you a quick visual overview by displaying the frequency of words used in my publications in different sizes.

My research has been supported by a number of national agencies in Austria, China, the Czech Republic, Japan, the UK, the US, and international institutions such as the the World Bank, and the Interamerican Development Bank.

A little while ago, I co-edited 3 special journal issues on different aspects of ecosystem services: Ecosystem Services, Governance and Stakeholder Participation in Ecology & Society; Urban Ecosystem Services in Landscape and Urban Planning; and Modelling Land Management for Ecosystem Services in the journal Regional Environmental Change.

Our ongoing research on embodied carbon emissions in trade has appeared in  international news outlets including ScienceNews, The Guardian, Le Mond, New Scientist, the German TV (WDR) and German Radio, and BBC's Material World.

BBC's Science in Action on Virtual Water
    BBCs Material World
on the Water Footprint
    Deutschlandradio Kultur zu CO2 Emissionen in China
Austrian Broadcasting (ORF) Science News on Global Land Use
    BBC News on our PNAS article Outsourcing CO2 in China

My research has been showcased in Bridges or recently in the Brazilian Magazine Negocios 

Contact details
Recent & current projects

Room 1127, 2181 LeFrak Department of Geographical Sciences, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, 20742 USA



Tel:+1 (301)405 4567


Curriculum Vitae



Here are some examples of ongoing or recent  research projects:

Building Coastal Resilience to a Changing Climate.  (funded by NOAA, Coastal and Ocean Climate Adaptations)

Retrospective analyses and seasonal prediction of  biosphere-atmosphere CO2 flux (NASA)

Agricultural Land Use Change in Central and Northeast Thailand: Effects on Biomass Emissions, Soil Quality and Rural Livelihoods (NASA)

Modeling Early Risk Indicators to Identify Malnutrition (DFID, UK)Understanding 

Large-Scale Land Acquisitions and their Land Change Dimensions (NASA)

Europe's Low Carbon Future (Horizon 2020, EU Commission).


I am supervising PhD students on a wide range of topics such as Climate Change Mitigation and  Adaptation, Virtual Water, Sustainable Consumption, Land Use Governance, and Ecosystem  Services and  other related topics...


2018: “Purpose, processes, partnerships, and products: four Ps to advance participatory socio-environmental modeling.” Ecological Applications.. 28/1. pp. 46–61.

2018: “The Water-Energy-Food Nexus in East Asia: A Tele-connected Value Chain Analysis Using Inter-Regional Input-Output Analysis. Applied Energy. Vol. 210, Pages 550-567.

2017. “China’s reversing emission flows.” Nature Communications. Vol. 8.1. 1712..

2017. “ Uncovering the Green, Blue and Grey Water Footprint and Virtual Water of Biofuel Production in Brazil, a Nexus perspective.” Sustainability. 9, 2049.

2017. “Poverty eradication in a carbon constrained world.” Nature Communications. 8: 912.  

2017. “Global carbon inequality.”  Energy, Ecology and Environment. Vol. 2,/1, pp 361–369.

2017. “Uncovering the spatially distant feedback loops of global trade: A network and input-output approach.” Science of the Total Environment Volume 586, pages 401–408.

2017. Agricultural land displacement and undernourishment. Journal of Cleaner Production. Vol..161, pages 619-628.

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