Sebastian Wieneke

Sebastian Wieneke

Postdoctoral associate / Earth System Data Science

Faculty of Physics and Earth Sciences

I’m a research associate at the University of Leipzig. In my research I work on the quantification of terrestrial photosynthetic activity by optical remote sensing approaches. My focus lies here on a signal called sun-induced chlorophyll fluorescence which is emitted by plants during their photosynthetic light reactions. Because it is directly related to the photosynthetic process, sun-induced chlorophyll fluorescence is a promising signal that might allow overcoming the limitations of traditional reflectance-based methods (e.g. surface greenness) for estimating terrestrial photosynthetic activity.

The research questions I in particular work on are:

  • The scalability of sun-induced chlorophyll fluorescence from leaf to the canopy.
  • The relationship between sun-induced chlorophyll fluorescence and photosynthesis under different stress conditions (heat, drought, cold, nutrient limitations).
  • The quantification of non-photochemical quenching by optical remote sensing approaches.


  • Remote Sensing
  • Plant Physiology
  • Ecology
  • Data Science


  • Dr. rer. nat. in Geography, 2017

    University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany

  • Diploma in Geography (German degree, M.Sc. equivalent), 2011

    University of Marburg, Marburg, Germany

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