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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"



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-reviewed Journals


 - Augustynczik A. L. D., …, Yousefpour R., 2017.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.

- Li W., ..., Yousefpour R., et al., 2017. Land-use and land-cover change carbon emissions between 1901 and 2012 constrained by biomass observations. Biogeosciences Discuss., https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-2017-186.

- Valatin G., …, Yousefpour R., et al., 2017. 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.

- Radke N., Yousefpour R., von Detten R., Reifenberg S., Hanewinkel M., 2017. Adopting robust decision-making to forest management under climate change. Annals of Forest Science, DOI 10.1007/s13595-017-0641-2

- Yousefpour R., Lessa A., Hanewinkel M., 2017. Pertinence of reactive, active, and robust adaptation strategies in forest management under climate change. Annals of Forest Science, DOI 10.1007/s13595-017-0640-3

- Reyer C.P.O., ..., Yousefpour R., et al., 2017. Are forest disturbances amplifying or canceling out climate change-induced productivity changes in European forests? Environmental Research Letter 12 (In Press)

- Deng Y., Wang M., Yousefpour R., 2017. 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

Augustynczik A. L. D., Arce J. E., Yousefpour R., da Silva A. C. L., 2016. Promoting harvesting stands connectivity in forest plantations applying Integer Linear Programming and Simulated Annealing, Forest Policy and Economics 73, 120-129

- Matthies B. D., ..., Yousefpour R., 2016. An Ecosystem Service-dominant Logic? - Integrating the ecosystem service approach within service science, Journal of Cleaner Production 124, 51-64

- Yousefpour R., Hanewinkel M., 2016. Climate change and decision-making under uncertainty, Springer Carrent Forestry Reports 2, 143-149

- Yousefpour R. & Hanewinkel M., 2015. State Foresters’ Perception of Climate Change, Impacts and Forest Development in Southern Germany, Climatic Change 130, 273-286

- Yousefpour R., Didion M., Jacobsen J. B., Meilby H., Hengeveld G. M., Schelhaas M. J., Thorsen B. J., 2015. 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

- Yousefpour R. & Hanewinkel M., 2014. 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

- Yousefpour R., Thorsen B. J., Jacobsen J. B. & Meilby H., 2013. Knowledge update in adaptive management of forest resources under climate change: a Bayesian simulation approach, Annals of Forest Science 71, 301-312

- Yousefpour R., Temperli Ch., Elkin C., Bugmann H., Hanewinkel M., Meilby H., Jacobsen J. B.,  Thorsen B. J., 2012. Updating Knowledge and Combining Evidence in Adaptive Climate Change Management, Journal of Environmental Management 122, 56-64

- Yousefpour R., Thorsen B. J., Jacobsen J. B., Meilby H., 2012. A Review on Decision-making under Uncertainty and Risk in Forest Management, Annals of Forest Science 69, 1–15

- Yousefpour R., 2011. 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

- Yousefpour R., Hanewinkel M., Le Moguedec G., 2010. Evaluation of Biodiversity for multi-purpose Forest management, Applied Ecology and Environmental Research 8, 241-260

- Yousefpour R., Hanewinkel M., Le Moguedec G., 2010. 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

- Yousefpour R., Hanewinkel M., 2009. 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

- Yousefpour R. & Marvie Mohadjer M. R. & Sagheb Talebi Kh., 2002. A Qualitative and Quantitative Study of Oriental Beech (Fagus Orientalis L.) in Fandoghloo Forest, Iranian Journal of Natural Resources 57(4): 703-714

  • Other Publications

- Yousefpour R., Jacobsen J., Meilby H., Schou E., Thorsen B., 2013. Klimaændringer og skovdrift i Europa. Under review in SKOVEN (Danish Journal of Foretsry)

- Jacobsen J., Yousefpour R., Thorsen B., 2013. 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.

- Yousefpour R., Thorsen B., 2013. Chapter 15: Risk and Uncertainty in Adaptive Forest Management under Climate Change for Biomass and Bioenergy Production. In: Kellomäki S., Kilpeläinen A. & Ashraful A., (editors), Forest BioEnergy Production – Management, carbon sequestration and Adaptation, Springer, New York

- Yousefpour R., et al., 2013. 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.

- Yousefpour R., Thorsen B. J., Jacobsen J. B. & Meilby H., Hanewinkel M., Oehler K., 2012.  A review report on decision making under uncertainty and risk in forestry. Deliverable 5.1 for EU FP7 Project MOTIVE, 152 pp.

- Yousefpour R., 2009. Adaptation to Climate Change within Multi-purpose Forest Management Using Hybrid Simulation Optimization Models, Dissertation, University of Freiburg, Germany


  • Presentations

A Modelling Study of Faustmann LEV and Carbon Economy to Forest Models and Climate Uncertainty. Final Meeting of EU Cost Action PROFOUND, Potsdam (PIK), Germany, October 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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: 3 Faustmann-Symposium: "Forstökonomie in einer dynamischen und sich ändernden Welt", Darmstadt, Germany, October 2009

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

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

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

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


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