The focus of the AFE Group is to generate knowledge and develop state-of-the-art modeling tools to advance the scientific community and support policies that enable better understanding and management of global and regional agriculture, forestry, and natural land ecosystems.

The basis for improved assessment and management of natural resources is a deep understanding of complex and interacting biophysical processes within terrestrial ecosystems. The AFE Group aims to achieve a leading position in addressing research questions requiring integrated analyses of agriculture, forestry, and natural land ecosystems at global and regional levels.

The group’s strategic ambition of biophysical tool integration for, among others, the assessment of nature-based/climate solutions, landscape restoration options, agro-forestry, or future cropland management, is at the core of the IIASA research domain on biodiversity and ecosystem services. With sustainability and biodiversity aspects as cross-cutting environmental safeguards, the group is closely aligned with the strategic direction of its host program on Biodiversity and Natural Resources. This structural and strategic setup will ensure that AFE becomes a valuable research pillar and contributor to the overarching IIASA strategy.

Models, tools, datasets

Pine tree forest

Russian Forests and Forestry Database

Forest burning

Wildfire climate impacts and adaptation model (FLAM)

Forestry and logging

Global Forest Model (G4M)


The Environmental Policy Integrated Climate-based global gridded crop model (EPIC-IIASA)



Land Management for Sustainability (LAMASUS)

Forest Fire in the summer season

Integrated Future Wildfire Hot Spot Mapping for Austria (Austria Fire Futures )

Extreme events

The Human-Tech Nexus - Building a Safe Haven to Cope with Climate Extremes (HuT)

Tropical Forest and deforested area

RESTORE+: Addressing Landscape Restoration on Degraded Land in Indonesia and Brazil


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Dmitry Shchepashchenko

Senior Research Scholar (NODES, AFE)

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Artem Baklanov

Research Scholar (EM, AFE)

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Tara Ippolito

Guest Research Scholar (AFE)

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Hyun-Woo Jo

Guest Korea University Postdoctoral Fellow (AFE, CDAT)


beautiful autumn panorama of the Carpathians Ukraine-lake, forest.

29 November 2023

Setting out priority areas of cooperation and concrete action for Ukraine’s forests

Modern, target-oriented research and quality education, more exchange with international peers and partners, better science-policy interaction, and improved coordination and communication with international and national actors are crucial for ensuring a sustainable future of Ukraine’s forests.
New Zealand Visit

22 November 2023

Scientists from the New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research Limited visit IIASA

IIASA recently welcomed high-level visitors from the New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research Limited (PFR) — one of the Crown Research Institutes of New Zealand.
MOSAIC project meeting

13 November 2023

The Second Project Management Meeting of the MOSAIC Project

The MOSAIC project conducted its second Project Partners Meeting, held from November 7th to 9th, 2023, in Innsbruck, Austria. This event was a convergence of in-person and virtual attendees, bringing together project partners from Austria, Slovenia, France, Italy, Switzerland, and Germany.


Amazon forest

24 February 2022

The number of tree species on Earth

Since humans have walked this planet, we have loved categorizing things and ecology is no exception. One of the most basic ecological questions has always been the simple question of “how many?”

29 November 2021

An analysis of forest management in the Republic of Korea

Options Winter 2021: While urbanization is a common cause of biodiversity decline, the Republic of Korea has managed to maintain its biodiversity during its rapid economic development. IIASA researcher Florian Kraxner and colleagues analyzed the persistence of plants in the country and constructed future scenarios to better prepare for the pressures of climate change.
Cityscape of Seoul