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Dr. Rasoul Yousefpour


Dr. Rasoul Yousefpour

Dr. Rasoul Yousefpour

Assistant Professor (Akademischer Rat a. Z.)










Projects and Research Topics


  • EU Cost Actions: "PESFOR-W", "PROFOUND" and "ECHOES", SNF NRP 73 “Sustainable Economy” Project "DIVES", WaldKlimaFond Project "BuTaKli", Eurpean SumForest project "ForRISK", DFG Graduate School “ConFoBi”, EU Marie Skłodowska-Curie RISE action “SuFoRun”, French LABEX ABPRE project “ADFORISK”, DFG Emmy-Noether-Indipendent-Research Program: "Forest Management in the Earth System", EU FP7 Project: "MOTIVE", EU FP6 Project: "EFORWOOD", FVA-BW Project "Climate Change Impacts Research", German-French University Program "FORIX".

  • Operations Research in Forestry e. g. Optimization (LP, NLP, Genetic-Algorithms), Forest Modelling and Decision-making (Simulation-Optimization), Climate Change Risk Mangement (Bayesian and Evidence Theories), Adaptive Forest Mangement Modelling, Dynamic Forest and Climate Decision-making, Economic Implications of Provisioning Ecosystem Goods and Services (e. g. Biodiverity, Carbon, Bioenergy, Water), Robus Decision-making Approaches, Theory of Planned Behavior and actors adaptation to climate change, Uncertainty anylsis of ecological economic systems, Insurance value of ecosystem.

  • Coordinator on IUFRO Working Group 4.04.07 "Risk Analysis"
  • Associate Editor of Annals of Forest Science (Springer)



04.2005–12.2009: Ph.D. (Dr. rer. nat.) "Risk Management in Forestry" , University of Freiburg, Germany: Thesis "Adaptation to Climate Change within Multi-purpose Forest Management Using Simulation-Optimization Models"

07.2000-12.2002: MSc "Forestry and Forest Economcis", University of Tehran, Iran: Thesis: "Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis of Oriental Beech (Fagus Orientalis L.) Stands in Fandoghloo Area towards Close-to-nature Forestry System"

07.1996-06-2000: BSc "Natural Resources Engineering-Forestry", University of Guilan, Iran

Professional Career

Since      10/2014: Assistant Professor (Akademischer Rat a. Z.), Chair of  Forestry Economics and Forest Planning, Faculty of Environment and Natural Resources, University of Freiburg, Freiburg, DE

07/2013–09/2014: Postdoc Scientist, Max-Planck-Institute for Meteorology, Hamburg, DE

05/2013–06/2013: Research Associate, Forest Research Institute of Baden Württemberg (FVA-BW), Freiburg, DE

06/2010–05/2013: Postdoc, Danish Forest and Landscape Centre, University of Copenhagen, DK

07/2009–12/2009: Research Associate, Institute of Forestry Economics, University of Freiburg, DE

01/2009–06/2009: Research Associate, Institute of Forest Growth, University of Freiburg, DE

05/2005–12/2009: Research Associate (PhD Student), Institute of Forestry Economics, University of Freiburg, DE

01/2003–04/2005: Research Assistant, Faculty of Natural Resources, University of Tehran, IR

07/2002–04/2005: Pivate Lecturer, College of Environment, Karaj, IR



  •  Peer-review Journals:

– 2019 –

1.      Yousefpour R., Augustynczik A. L. D., Uncertainty of Carbon Economy Using the Faustmann Model. Journal of Forestry Economics (in Press)

2.      Gustafsson L., Bauhus J., Asbeck Th., Augustynczik A. L. D., Basile M., Frey J., Gutzat F., Hanewinkel M., Helbach J. F. P., Jonker M., Knuff A., Messier Ch., Penner J., Pyttel P., Reif A., Storch F., Winiger N., Winkel G., Yousefpour R., Storch I., Retention as an integrated biodiversity conservation approach for continuous-cover forestry in Europe. AMBIO. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13280-019-01190-1

3.     Yousefpour R., You B., Hanewinkel M., Simulation of Extreme Storm Effects on Regional Forest Soil Carbon Stock. Ecological Modelling 399, 39-53

4.      Yousefpour R., Prinz A., NG C., Public perceptions of climate change adaptation in Singapore dealing with forecasted sea level rise. Human and Ecological Risk Assessment (https://doi.org/10.1080/10807039.2019.1580140)

5.      Baumbach L, Niamir A., Hickler Th., Yousefpour R. Regional adaptation of European beech (Fagus sylvatica) to drought in Central European conditions considering environmental suitability and economic implications. Regional Environmental Change, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10113-019-01472-0

– 2018 –

6.      Augustynczik A. L. D., Yousefpour R., Balancing forest profitability and deadwood maintenance in European commercial forests - A robust optimization approach. European Journal of Forest Research. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10342-018-1153-9.

7.      Augustynczik A. L. D., Yousefpour R., Hanewinkel M., Multiple uncertainties require a change of conservation practices for saproxylic beetles in managed temperate forests. Scientific Reports 8:14964, DOI:10.1038/s41598-018-33389-9

8.      Augustynczik A. L. D.,Asbeck Th., Basile M., Bauhus J., Storch I., Mikusiński G., Yousefpour R., Hanewinkel M., Diversification of forest management regimes secures tree microhabitats and bird abundance under climate change. Science of the Total Environment 650, 2717–2730

9.      Mattson J. B., Irauschek F., Yousefpour R., Gaps in Quantitative Decision Support to Inform Adaptive Management and Learning: a Review of Forest Management Cases. Current Forestry Reports 1-14 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1007/s40725-018-0078-3.

10.    Nölte A., Meilby H., Yousefpour R., Multi-purpose forest management in the tropics: Incorporating values of carbon, biodiversity and timber in managing Tectona grandis (teak) plantations in Costa Rica. Forest Ecology and Management 422, 345-357

11.    Augustynczik A. L. D., Yousefpour R., Rodriguez L. C. E., Hanewinkel M., Conservation Costs of Retention Forestry and Optimal Habitat Network Selection in Southwestern Germany. Ecological Economics 148, 92-102

12.    Yousefpour R., Nabel J., Pongratz J., Simulating sustained yield harvesting adaptive to future climate change. Biogeosciences; doi.org/10.5194/bg-2017-531

13.    Brunette M., Bourke R., Hanewinkel M., and Yousefpour R., Economic Perspectives of adaptation to Climate Change in Forestry: a Multiple Correspondence Analysis. Forests 9 (1), 20; doi:10.3390/f9010020.

14.    Yousefpour R., Augustynczik A. L. D., Reyer Ch. P. O., Lasch-Born P., Suckow F., Hanewinkel M., Realizing Mitigation Efficiency of European Commercial Forests by Climate Smart Forestry. Scientific Reports 8:345, doi:10.1038/s41598-017-18778-w

15.    Bonn B., von Schneidemesser E., Butler T., Churkina G., Ehlers Ch., Grote R., Klemp D., Nothard R., Schäfer K., von Stülpnagel A., Kerschbaumer A., Yousefpour R., Fountoukis Ch., Lawrence M. G., Impact of vegetative emissions on urban ozone and biogenic secondary organic aerosol: Box model study for Berlin, Germany. J. of Cleaner Production 176, 827-841

– 2017 –                             

16.   Yousefpour R., Temperli Ch., Jacobsen J. B., Thorsen B. J., Meilby H., Lexer M. J., Lindner M., Bugmann H., Borges J. G., Palma J. H. N., Ray D., Zimmermann N. E., Delzon S.,Kremer A., Kramer K., Reyer Ch. P. O., Lasch-Born P., Garcia-Gonzalo J., Hanewinkel M., A framework for modelling adaptive forest management and decision-making under climate change. Ecology and Society 22(4):40; doi.org/10.5751/ES-09614-220440

17.    Kalbi S., Fallah A., Bettinger P., Shataee Sh., Yousefpour R., Mixed-effects modeling for tree height prediction models of Oriental beech in the Hyrcanian forests. Journal of Forest Research; doi.org/10.1007/s11676-017-0551-z.

18.    Bonn B., Kreuzweiser J., Sander F., Yousefpour R., Baggio T., Adewale O., The uncertain role of biogenic VOC for boundary-layer ozone concentration: Example investigation of emissions from two forest types with a box model. Climate 5(4), 78; doi:10.3390/cli5040078

19.    Augustynczik A. L. D., Hartig F., Minunno F., Kahle H. P., Diaconu D., Hanewinkel M., Yousefpour R., Productivity of Fagus sylvatica under climate change – A Bayesian analysis of risk and uncertainty using the model 3-PG. Forest Ecology and Management 401, 192-206

20.    Li W., Ciais Ph., Peng Sh., Yue Ch., Wang Y., Thurner M., Saatchi S., Arneth A., Avitabile V., Carvalhais N., Harper A. B., Kato E., Koven Ch., Liu Y. Y., Nabel J. E.M.S., Pan Y., Pongratz J., Poulter B., Pugh Th. A. M., Santoro M., Sitch S., Stocker B. D., Viovy N., Wiltshire A., Yousefpour R., Zaehle S., Land-use and land-cover change carbon emissions between 1901 and 2012 constrained by biomass observations. Biogeosciences 14, 5053-5067

21.    Radke N., Yousefpour R., von Detten R., Reifenberg S., Hanewinkel M., Adopting robust decision-making to forest management under climate change. Annals of Forest Science 74: 43

22.    Yousefpour R., Lessa A., Hanewinkel M., Pertinence of reactive, active, and robust adaptation strategies in forest management under climate change. Annals of Forest Science 74: 40

23.    Reyer Ch., Bathgate S., Blennow K., Borges J. G., Bugmann H., Delzon S., Faias S. P., Garcia-Gonzalo J., Gardiner B., Gonzalez-Olabarria J. R., Gracia C., Hernández J. G., Kellomäki S., Kramer K., Lexer M. J., Lindner M., van der Maaten E., Maroschek M., Muys B., Nicoll B., Palahi M., Palma J. H. N., Paulo J. A., Peltola H, Pukkala T., Rammer W., Ray D., Sabaté S., Schelhaas M. J., Seidl R., Temperli Ch., Tomé M., Yousefpour R., Zimmermann N. E., Hanewinkel M., Are forest disturbances amplifying or canceling out climate change-induced productivity changes in European forests? Environmental Research Letter 12-034027

24.    Deng Y., Wang M., Yousefpour R., How do people's perceptions and climatic disaster experiences influence their daily behaviors regarding adaptation to climate change? — A case study among young generations, Science of the Total Environment 581, 840-847

– 2016 –

25.    Augustynczik A. L. D., Arce J. E., Yousefpour R., da Silva A. C. L., Promoting harvesting stands connectivity in forest plantations applying Integer Linear Programming and Simulated Annealing, Forest Policy and Economics 73, 120-129

26.    Matthies B. D., D'Amato D., Berghäll S., Ekholm T., Hoen H. F., Holopainen J., Korhonen J., Lähtinen K., Mattila O., Toppinen A., Valsta L., Wand L.,Yousefpour R., An Ecosystem Service-dominant Logic? - Integrating the ecosystem service approach within service science, Journal of Cleaner Production 124, 51-64

27.    Yousefpour R., Hanewinkel M., Climate change and decision-making under uncertainty, Springer Current Forestry Reports 2, 143-149

– 2015 –

28.    Yousefpour R. & Hanewinkel M., State Foresters’ Perception of Climate Change, Impacts and Forest Development in Southern Germany, Climatic Change 130, 273-286

29.    - Yousefpour R., Didion M., Jacobsen J. B., Meilby H., Hengeveld G. M., Schelhaas M. J., Thorsen B. J., Modelling of Adaptation to Climate change and Decision-makers Behaviours for the Veluwe Forest Area in the Netherlands, Forest Policy and Economics 54, 1-10

– 2014 –

30.    Yousefpour R. & Hanewinkel M., Balancing Decisions for the Conversion of Norway Spruce (Picea abies L. Karst) Monocultures in the Black Forest Area of Germany, Forest Science 60, 73-84

– 2013 –

31.    Yousefpour R., Thorsen B. J., Jacobsen J. B. & Meilby H., Knowledge update in adaptive management of forest resources under climate change: a Bayesian simulation approach, Annals of Forest Science 71, 301-312

– 2012 –

32.    Yousefpour R., Temperli Ch., Elkin C., Bugmann H., Hanewinkel M., Meilby H., Jacobsen J. B.,  Thorsen B. J., Updating Knowledge and Combining Evidence in Adaptive Climate Change Management, Journal of Environmental Management 122, 56-64

33.    Yousefpour R., Thorsen B. J., Jacobsen J. B., Meilby H., A Review on Decision-making under Uncertainty and Risk in Forest Management, Annals of Forest Science 69, 1–15

– 2011 –

34.    Yousefpour R., Thinning Operations for Soil Conservation and Bio-energy Production from Norway Spruce (Picea abies L. Karst) Plantations in Denmark, Agro-forestry Systems 87, 287-294

– 2010 –

35.    Yousefpour R., Hanewinkel M., Le Moguedec G., Evaluation of Biodiversity for multi-purpose Forest management, Applied Ecology and Environmental Research 8, 241-260

36.    Yousefpour R., Hanewinkel M., Le Moguedec G., Balancing Adaptation to/Mitigation of Climate Change in the Management of Pure Norway Spruce Forest in the Black Forest Area of Southwest Germany, Environmental Management 45, 387-402

– 2009 –

 37.    Yousefpour R., Hanewinkel M., Modelling of Forest Conversion Planning with an Adaptive Simulation-Optimization Approach and Simultaneous Consideration of the Values of Timber, Carbon and Biodiversity, Ecological Economics 68, 1711-1722

  • Other Publications:

2017 –

- Augustynczik A. L. D., Yousefpour R., Rodriguez L. C. E., Hanewinkel M. Was kostet es den Forstbetrieb, Strukturen zu erhalten und Habitate optimal zu vernetzen? Researech Letter, ConFoBi Projet. https://confobi.uni-freiburg.de/research-briefs/

2017 –

- Valatin G., …, Yousefpour R., et al. (over 20 authors) PESFOR-W: Improving the design and environmental effectiveness of woodlands for water Payments for Ecosystem Services. Research Ideas and Outcomes 3: e13828 (30 May 2017) https://doi.org/10.3897/rio.3.e13828

2013 –                             

- Yousefpour R., Jacobsen J. B., Meilby H., Schou E., Thorsen B. J., Klimaændringer og skovdrift i Europa. SKOVEN (Danish Journal of Foretsry)

- Yousefpour R., Thorsen B. J., Risk and Uncertainty in Adaptive Forest Management under Climate Change for Biomass and Bioenergy Production. In Chapter 15: Kellomäki S., Kilpeläinen A., Ashraful A., (editors), Forest BioEnergy Production – Management, carbon sequestration and Adaptation, Springer, New York

- Jacobsen J. B., Yousefpour R., Thorsen B. J., Climate change and practical forest management – when to worry and when not?.Adapting to climate change in European forests – results of the MOTIVE project. ed. / Joanne Fitzgerald; Marcus Lindner. Sofia: Pensoft Publishers, 2013. p. 83-88.

– 2012 –                             

- Yousefpour R., et al., New methods for handling uncertainty, risk and spatial relations in AFM decision making with applications to case studies. Deliverable 5.2 for EU FP7 Project MOTIVE, 57 pp.

 – 2009 –                             

- Yousefpour R., Adaptation to Climate Change within Multi-purpose Forest Management Using Hybrid Simulation Optimization Models, Dissertation, University of Freiburg, Germany

– 2003 –                             

 - Yousefpour R. & Marvie Mohadjer M. R. & Sagheb Talebi Kh., A Qualitative and Quantitative Study of Oriental Beech (Fagus Orientalis L.) in Fandoghloo Forest, Iranian Journal of Natural Resources 57(4): 703-714


  • Presentations:

– 2018 –                             

- Adaptation experiences from European Forestry. Volkswagen SAP-Hyrcanian Workshop, April 2018, Baku, Azerbaijan

- Adaptive Management Challenges in Vulnerable Areas. ERASMUS+ Kick-off meeting, October 20118, Rasht, Iran

– 2017 –                             

- A Modelling Study of Faustmann LEV and Carbon Economy to Forest Models and Climate Uncertainty. PROFOUND final meeting, October 2017, Potsdam, Germany

- Making adaptive decisions for multi-purpose forest management under climate change and modelling uncertainty. SSAFR 2017, August 2017, Seattle, USA

– 2016 –

- Dealing with Risks and Uncertainties of Climate Change in Forestry. IUFRO Conference on Risk Analysis, April 2016, Freiburg, Germany

– 2015 –                             

- Forestry Professionals’ Perceptions of Climate Change Adaptation, European Climate Change Adaptation Conference ECCA 2015, Copenhagen, May 2015, Denmark

– 2014 –                             

- Modelling for Adaptive Forest Management in Europe, IUFRO 2014 Congress, Salt Lake City, Utah, October 2014, USA

- A Model for Behavioral Economics of Adaptation to Climate Change in Forestry, 5th Early Career Scientists Conference for Marine and Climate Research, Bremen, September 2014, Germany

- Economic Implications of Managing Tree Mixture, EU FUNDIV Workshop, June 2014, Freiburg, Germany

– 2013 –                             

- Incorporating carbon value in the management of forest ecosystems,   MPI for Meteorology Hamburg, Germany, March 2013

– 2012 –                             

- Some Results from Modeling Multi-functional Forestry under Climate Change, LEF Biennial workshop, Nancy, May 30 - June 1 2012

- Modeling for Knowledge Update in Adaptive Forest Management, A regional case study in Veluwe, The Netherlands, Tackling climate change: the contribution of forest scientific knowledge, Tours, France, 21 - 24 May 2012

– 2011 –                             

- Applying Bayesian Theory on Risk Management under Climate Change Uncertainty, IN: ABS11 - Applied Bayesian Statistics: Hierarchical Modelling for Environmental Processes, EURAC, Bolzano, Italy, June 2011

 – 2010 –                             

- Modelling of Active Adaptive Management under Climate Change, A question of Beliefs Updating?, IN: MOTIVE General Meeting, Wageningen, The Netherlands, November 2010

– 2009 –                             

- Optimale Waldbewirtschafftung unter Berücksichtigung von Holz- und Nichtholz-produkten, Deutsches Forstökonomisches Kolloquium, Freiburg im Breisgau, Deutschland, October 2009

- Adaptation and mitigation to climate change by the multi-purpose modelling of forest management planning, IN: Dritten Internationalen Faustmann- Symposium: "Forstökonomie in einer dynamischen und sich ändernden Welt", Darmstadt, Germany, October 2009

– 2008 –                             

- Forest Management Planning incorporating the non-timber values of Forest ecosystem, IN: EFI-FAO Conference, Water and Forests: a convenient truth?, Barcelona, Spain, October 2008

- A non-linear optimization for post-simulation planning of a forest enterprise, IN: Linking Forest Inventory and Optimization, International conference, Freising, Germany, April 2008

– 2007 –                             

- Towards forest enterprise planning, preparation of forest stands prescriptions, IUFRO Division VI Conference, Integrative Science for Integrative Management, Saarisälka, Finland, August 2007

– 2006 –                             

- The Use of Heuristics in Forestry, World Operations Research Conference, OR (2006), Karlsruhe, Germany, September 2006

– 2004 –

 - Analyzing the successional dynamics of oriental Beech (Fagus orientalis Lipsky) with PCA (Principal Component Analysis), IUFRO 8th Beech Symposium, Tehran, Iran, September 2004

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