• Updated August 2019

Selected Publications:

Human population growth offsets climate driven woody vegetation increase in sub-Saharan Africa
Nature Ecology and Evolution, 2017

Increased vegetation growth and carbon stock in China karst via ecological engineering
Nature Sustainability, 2018

Satellite Passive Microwaves reveal recent climate-induced carbon losses in African Drylands
Nature Ecology and Evolution, 2018

Reduction of tree cover in West African woodlands and promotion in semi-arid farmlands.
Nature Geoscience, 2018


All Publications:


Satellite-observed pantropical carbon dynamics.
Nature Plants, 2019.
Fan, L., Wigneron, J.-P., Ciais, P., Chave, J., Brandt, M., Fensholt, R., Saatchi, S.S., Bastos, A., Al-Yaari, A., Hufkens, K., Qin, Y., Xiao, X., Chen, C., Myneni, R.B., Fernandez-Moran, R., Mialon, A., Rodriguez-Fernandez, N.J., Kerr, Y., Tian, F., Peñuelas, J.

Trends of land surface phenology derived from passive microwave and optical remote sensing systems and associated drivers across the dry tropics 1992–2012.
Tong, X., Tian, F., Brandt, M., Liu, Y., Zhang, W., Fensholt, R.

Changes in rainfall distribution promote woody foliage production in the Sahel.
Communications Biology, 2019.
Brandt, M., Hiernaux, P., Rasmussen, K., Tucker, C.J., Wigneron, J.-P., Diouf, A.A., Herrmann, S.M., Zhang, W., Kergoat, L., Mbow, C., Abel, C., Auda, Y., Fensholt, R.

Ecosystem structural changes controlled by altered rainfall climatology in tropical savannas.
Nature Communications, 2019.

Zhang, W., Brandt, M., Penuelas, J., Guichard, F., Tong, X., Tian, F., Fensholt, R.

Towards improved remote sensing based monitoring of dryland ecosystem functioning using sequential linear regression slopes (SeRGS).
Remote Sensing of Environment, 2019.
Abel, C., Horion, S., Tagesson, T., Brandt, M., Fensholt, R.


Does grazing cause land degradation? Evidence from the sandy Ferlo in Northern Senegal.
Land Degradation & Development, 2018.
Rasmussen K, Brandt M, Tong X, Hiernaux P, Diouf AA, Assouma MH, Tucker CJ, Fensholt R.
Major forest increase on the Loess Plateau, China.
Land Degradation & Development, 2018.
Wang Y, Brandt M, Zhao M, Tong X, Xing K, Xue F, Kang M, Wang L, Jiang Y, Fensholt R.
Satellite-Observed Major Greening and Biomass Increase in South China Karst During Recent Decade.
Earth’s Future, 2018.
Brandt M, Yue Y, Wigneron JP, Tong X, Tian F, Jepsen MR, Xiao X, Verger A, Mialon A, Al‐Yaari A, Wang K, Fensholt R.
An evaluation of SMOS L-band vegetation optical depth (L-VOD) data sets: high sensitivity of L-VOD to above-ground biomass in Africa.
Biogeosciences, 2018.
Rodríguez-Fernández NJ, Mialon A, Mermoz S, Bouvet A, Richaume P, Bitar AA, Al-Yaari A, Brandt M, Kaminski T, Toan TL, Kerr YH, Wigneron J-P.
Coupling of ecosystem-scale plant water storage and leaf phenology observed by satellite.
Nature Ecology & Evolution, 2018.
Tian F, Wigneron J-P, Ciais P, Chave J, Ogée J, Peñuelas J, Ræbild A, Domec J-C, Tong X, Brandt M, Mialon A, Rodriguez-Fernandez N, Tagesson T, Al-Yaari A, Kerr Y, Chen C, Myneni RB, Zhang W, Ardö J, Fensholt R.
Ecological restoration enhances ecosystem health in the karst regions of southwest China.
Ecological Indicators, 2018.
Chujie Liao, Yuemin Yue, Kelin Wang, Rasmus Fensholt, Xiaowei Tong and Martin Brandt.
Satellite Passive Microwaves reveal recent climate-induced carbon losses in African Drylands.
Nature Ecology and Evolution, 2018.
Martin Brandt, Jean Pierre Wigneron, Jerome Chave, Torbern Tagesson, Josep Penuelas, Phillipe Ciais, Kjeld Rasmussen, Feng Tian, Cheikh Mbow, Amen Al-Yaari, Nemesio Fernandez-Rodriguez, Guy Schurgers, Wenmin, Zhang, Jinfeng Chang, Yann Kerr, Aleixandre Verger, Compton Tucker, Arnaud Mialon, Laura Vang Rasmussen, Lei Fan, Rasmus Fensholt.
Reduction of tree cover in West African woodlands and promotion in semi-arid farmlands.
Nature Geoscience, 2018.
Martin Brandt, Kjeld Rasmussen, Pierre Hiernaux, Stefanie Herrmann, Compton Tucker, Xiaoye Tong, Feng Tian, Ole Mertz, Laurent Kergoat, Cheikh Mbow, John David, Katherine Melocik, Morgane Dendoncker, Caroline Vincke, Rasmus Fensholt.
Increased vegetation growth and carbon stock in China karst via ecological engineering.
Nature Sustainability, 2018.
Xiaowei Tong, Martin Brandt, Yuemin Yue, Stephanie Horion, Kelin Wang, Wanda De Keersmaecker, Feng Tian, Guy Schurgers, Xiangming Xiao, Yiqi Luo, Chi Chen, Ranga Myneni, Zhen Shi, Hongsong Chen, Rasmus Fensholt.
Impacts of the seasonal distribution of rainfall on vegetation productivity across the Sahel.
Biogeosciences 2018.
Wenmin Zhang, Martin Brandt, Xiaoye Tong, Quingjiu Tian, Rasmus Fensholt.






  • Martin Brandt, Heiko Paeth, Cyrus Samimi. Vegetationsveränderungen in Westafrika – Spiegel von Klimawandel und Landnutzung. Geographische Rundschau 2013 65(9), 36-42.


  • Brandt, M., Bäumler, R. & C. Samimi. Agricultural suitability of dune system and Limpopo basin soils near Xai-Xai (Mozambique). South African Journal of Plant and Soil 2009, 26(4), 206-219.
  • Brandt, M., Samimi, C., Bäumler, R. & C. Greger. Potentielle Risiken bei der Subsistenzwirtschaft und Trinkwasserversorgung in Xai-Xai (Mosambik). GeoÖko 2009, 30(3-4), 153-184.




  • Martin Brandt, Aleixandre Verger, Frédéric Baret, Cyrus Samimi (2013): 29 years of local vegetation trends in the Sahel of Senegal using long time series FAPAR satellite products and field measurements. Deutscher Geographentag 2013, Passau.

5 thoughts on “Publications

  1. Dear Martin,
    Just want to say. Thank you for all your resources here for the paper and programming. I am recently started to begin my research on vegetation phenology from remote sensing data. and your resources that you put here were really beneficial for me.
    Thank you very much.

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