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Sylvia Tramberend is a research scientist working on IIASA’s interdisciplinary and policy oriented research, and is a member of the Water (WAT) Program. Her key research interests and main responsibilities include scenario development, identifying solution pathways until the 2050’s in the food-water-energy-environment nexus and sustainable consumption in a globalized world, and studying linkages between the biophysical and socio-economic domain.
Her responsibilities as a land use and GIS expert have included the development of large spatial databases serving the modeling and analysis needs in the areas of food-environment-bioenergy-water linkages, food-system analysis, land use and water scenarios and environmental transition. She was involved in Agro-Ecological Zones Methodology assessments for agricultural development planning, worked on several assessments of biofuels and food security, and the mobilization of resources for the bio-economy. In sustainable consumption research she has been a principal investigator in analysis tracing embodied land use and deforestation in agricultural and forestry products from primary production to final utilization. The geographic focus of her research has been both global and regional (e.g. Sub-Saharan Africa, Europe, China, and Brazil).
Dr. Tramberend graduated in 1994, from Vienna’s University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences with principal subjects in land use planning, environmental sciences and ecology. In 2005 she received her PhD from the same University, based on research on "The impact of temperature and precipitation variability on potential agricultural production in China". In 1994, she was a participant in the IIASA Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP) and has worked with a number of different programs at IIASA since then. She is engaged in and committed to capacity building.
Last update: 10-OCT-2017
Tramberend S , Fischer G, & van Velthuizen H (2020). RCP 8.5 Ghana. High-end climate change impacts on crop production. DOI:10.5194/egusphere-egu2020-8955. In: European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly 2020, 4-8 May 2020, Vienna, Austria.
Tramberend S , Burtscher R, Burek P, Kahil T, Fischer G, Mochizuki J, Kimwaga R, Nyenje P, et al. (2020). East African Community Water Vision. Regional Scenarios for Human - Natural Water System Transformations. SSRN Electronic Journal DOI:10.2139/ssrn.3526896. (Submitted)
Kahil T , Albiac J, Fischer G, Strokal M, Tramberend S , Greve P, Tang T , Burek P , et al. (2019). A nexus modeling framework for assessing water scarcity solutions. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 40: 72-80. DOI:10.1016/j.cosust.2019.09.009.
Burtscher R , Langan S , Tramberend S , & Burek P (2019). East Africa Future Water Scenarios to 2050 Consultation and Joint Learning Workshop December 4-6, 2018 Entebbe, Uganda. IIASA Research Report. Laxenburg, Austria: RR-19-002
Tramberend S , Fischer G, Bruckner M, & van Velthuizen H (2019). Our Common Cropland: Quantifying Global Agricultural Land Use from a Consumption Perspective. Ecological Economics 157: 332-341. DOI:10.1016/j.ecolecon.2018.12.005.
Bruckner M, Häyhä T , Giljum S, Maus V , Fischer G, Tramberend S , & Boerner J (2019). Quantifying the global cropland footprint of the European Union’s non-food bioeconomy. Environmental Research Letters 14: e045011. DOI:10.1088/1748-9326/ab07f5.
Bole-Rentel T, Fischer G, Tramberend S , & van Velthuizen H (2019). Understanding the Sustainable Aviation Biofuel Feedstock Potential in sub-Saharan Africa. World Wildlife Fund
Fischer G, Tramberend S , van Velthuizen H, Bole-Rentel T, & Reeler J (2019). Sustainable aviation biofuel potential in sub-Saharan Africa. A systems analysis investigation into the current and future potential for biofuel feedstock production. World Wildlife Fund
Kahil T , Parkinson S, Satoh Y, Greve P, Burek P , Veldkamp T, Burtscher R , Byers E , et al. (2018). A continental-scale hydro-economic model for integrating water-energy-land nexus solutions. Water Resources Research DOI:10.1029/2017WR022478.
Greve P, Kahil T , Mochizuki J , Schinko T , Satoh Y, Burek P , Fischer G, Tramberend S , et al. (2018). Global assessment of water challenges under uncertainty in water scarcity projections. Nature Sustainability 1: 486-494. DOI:10.1038/s41893-018-0134-9.
Li S, Li X, Sun L, Cao G-Y, Fischer G, & Tramberend S (2018). An Estimation of the Extent of Cropland Abandonment in Mountainous Regions of China. Land Degradation & Development 29 (5): 1327-1342. DOI:10.1002/ldr.2924.
Bruckner M, Giljum S, Fischer G, Tramberend S , & Borner J (2018). The global cropland footprint of the non-food bioeconomy. Zentrum für Entwicklungsforschung (ZEF)
Burtscher R , Langan S , Tramberend S , & Burek P (2018). Solutions for a water secure East Africa in 2050 Workshop on mid- to long-term water resources management and planning in Eastern Africa December 4-6, 2017 Entebbe, Uganda. IIASA Report. Laxenburg, Austria: IIASA
Kanyerere T, Tramberend S , Levine AD, Mokoena P, Mensah P, Chingombe W, Goldin J, Sumbul F, et al. (2018). Chapter 6. Water Futures and Solutions: Options to Enhance Water Security in Sub-Saharan Africa. In: Systems Analysis Approach for Complex Global Challenges. Eds. Mensah, P., Katerere, D., Hachigonta, S. & Roodt, A., pp. 93-110 Heidelberg: Springer. ISBN 978-3-319-71485-110.1007/978-3-319-71486-8_6.
Bruckner M, Giljum S, Fischer G, & Tramberend S (2017). Review of land flow accounting methods and recommendations for further development. Umweltbundesamt
Bruckner M, Giljum S, Fischer G, Tramberend S , Wunder T, & Kaphengst T (2017). Development of consumption-based land use indicators. Umweltbundesamt
Fischer G, Tramberend S , Bruckner M, & Lieber M (2017). Quantifying the land footprint of Germany and the EU using a hybrid accounting model. Umweltbundesamt
Fischer G, Tramberend S , van Velthuizen H, Wunder S, Kaphengst T, McFarland K, Bruckner M, & Giljum S (2017). Extending land footprints towards characterizing sustainability of land use. Umweltbundesamt
Satoh Y, Kahil T , Byers E , Burek P , Fischer G, Tramberend S , Greve P, Flörke M, et al. (2017). Multi-model and multi-scenario assessments of Asian water futures: the Water Futures and Solutions (WFaS) initiative. Earth's Future 5 (7): 823-852. DOI:10.1002/2016EF000503.
Kahil T , Parkinson S, Burek P , Satoh Y, Greve P, Fischer G, Tramberend S , Langan S , et al. (2017). Economic costs of reducing unsustainable groundwater use: Application of IIASA global hydro-economic modeling framework. In: JpGU-AGU Joint Meeting 2017, 20-25 May 2017, Tokyo, Japan.
Yao M, Tramberend S , Kabat P, Hutjes RWA, & Werners SE (2017). Building Regional Water-Use Scenarios Consistent with Global Shared Socioeconomic Pathways. Environmental Processes 4 (1): 15-31. DOI:10.1007/s40710-016-0203-x.
Fischer G, Hizsnyik E, Tramberend S , & van Velthuizen H (2017). Policy Support for Sustainable Development:Scarcity, Abundance and Alternative Uses of Land and Water Resources. In: IIASA Institutional Evaluation 2017, 27 February-1 March 2017, IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria.
Wiberg D, Satoh Y, Burek P , Fischer G, Tramberend S , Kahil T , Flörke M, Eisner S, et al. (2017). Water Futures and Solutions: Asia 2050 (Final Report). Knowledge and Innovation Support for the Water Financing Program of the Asian Development Bank (RETA 6498). IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria (Submitted)
Burek P , Langan S , Cosgrove W, Fischer G, Kahil T , Magnuszewski P, Satoh Y, Tramberend S , et al. (2016). The Water Futures and Solutions Initiative of IIASA. In: IDRiM 2016 7th International Conference on Integrated Disaster Risk Management Disasters and Development: Towards a Risk Aware Society, October 1-3, 2016, Isfahan, Islamic Republic of Iran.
Wada Y , Flörke M, Hanasaki N, Eisner S, Fischer G, Tramberend S , Satoh Y, van Vliet M, et al. (2016). Modeling global water use for the 21st century: Water Futures and Solutions (WFaS) initiative and its approaches. Geoscientific Model Development 9: 175-222. DOI:10.5194/gmd-9-175-2016.
Burek P , Satoh Y, Fischer G, Kahil MT , Scherzer A, Tramberend S , Nava LF , Wada Y , et al. (2016). Water Futures and Solution - Fast Track Initiative (Final Report). IIASA Working Paper. IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria: WP-16-006
Burek P , Satoh Y, Wada Y , Flörke M, Eisner S, Hanasaki N, Tramberend S , Fischer G, et al. (2016). Looking at the spatial and temporal distribution of global water availability and demand. In: European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly 2016, 17–22 April 2016, Vienna, Austria.
Prieler S , Fischer G, & van Velthuizen H (2016). Land and the Food–Fuel Competition: Insights from Modeling (Chapter 29). In: Advances in Bioenergy: The Sustainability Challenge. Eds. Lund, P., Byrne, J.A., Berndes, G. & Vasolos, I., pp. 447-464 Chichester, UK: Wiley. ISBN 978-1-118-95787-5
Satoh Y, Burek P , Wada Y , Flörke M, Eisner S, Hanasaki N, Kahil T , Tramberend S , et al. (2016). Asian water futures - Multi scenarios, models and criteria assessment. In: European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly 2016, 17–22 April 2016, Vienna, Austria.
Lossau S, Fischer G, Tramberend S , van Velthuizen H, Kleinschmit B, & Schomaeker R (2015). Brazil's current and future land balances: Is there residual land for bioenergy production? Biomass and Bioenergy 81: 452-461. DOI:10.1016/j.biombioe.2015.07.024.
Bruckner M, Fischer G, Tramberend S , & Giljum S (2015). Measuring telecouplings in the global land system: a review and comparative evaluation of land footprint accounting method. Ecological Economics 114: 11-21. DOI:10.1016/j.ecolecon.2015.03.008.
Cosgrove W, Fischer G, Floerke M, Hizsnyik E, Magnuszewski P, Pahl-Wostl C, Scherzer A, Segrave A, et al. (2015). Towards Innovative Solutions through Integrative Futures Analysis - Preliminary qualitative scenarios. IIASA Interim Report. IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria: IR-15-012
Fischer G, Hizsnyik E, Tramberend S , & Wiberg D (2015). Towards indicators for water security - A global hydro-economic classification of water challenges. IIASA Interim Report. IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria: IR-15-013
Magnuszewski P, Wiberg D, Cosgrove W, Fischer G, Floerke M, Hizsnyik E, Pahl-Wostl C, Segrave A, et al. (2015). Conceptual framework for scenarios development in the Water futures and Solutions project. IIASA Interim Report. IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria: IR-15-011
Bruckner M, Giljum S, Fischer G, & Tramberend S (2015). Review of land flow accounting methods and recommendations for further development. Umweltbundesamt
Jonas M , Ometto JP, Batistella M, Franklin O , Hall M, Lapola DM, Moran EF, Tramberend S , et al. (2014). Sustaining ecosystem services: Overcoming the dilemma posed by local actions and planetary boundaries. Earth's Future 2 (8): 407-420. DOI:10.1002/2013EF000224.
Prieler S , Fischer G, & van Velthuizen HT (2013). Land and the food-fuel competition: Insights from modeling. WIREs Energy and Environment 2 (2): 199-217. DOI:10.1002/wene.55.
Fischer G, Prieler S , van Velthuizen HT, Berndes G, Faaij A, & de Wit M (2010). Biofuel production potentials in Europe: Sustainable use of cultivated land and pastures, Part II: Land use scenarios. Biomass and Bioenergy 34 (2): 173-187. DOI:10.1016/j.biombioe.2009.07.009.
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