Bumsuk Seo

Bumsuk Seo received the B.E. and the M.C.P. degrees from the Seoul National University, Republic of Korea and the Ph.D. degree in Biogeographical modelling from the University of Bayreuth, Germany, in 2015. During the PhD study, he participated an international research project TERRECO between Germany and South Korea. Since 2015, he has been a post-doctoral researcher at Kangwon National University, South Korea (2015-2017) and IMK-IFU, KIT, Germany (2017-present). 

Research themes

  • Understanding land use dynamics under ongoing global socio-ecological changes
  • Developing global agent-based and process-based land use models to project future land use
  • Mapping land use, ecosystem functions, and ecosystem services using cutting-edge remote sensing and machine learning techniques
  • Diagnosis and forecast of crop growth condition and crop yield at large scales

Personal pages

ResearchGate page 

Github repositories


Previous project

TERRECO: Complex TERRain and ECOlogical Heterogeneity, DFG/KOSEF International Research and Training Group (GRK 1565/1), 2009-2012, TERRECO project website 

Reports & monographs

Seo, B. (2015). Quantification of land use and and land cover in a Monsoon agricultural mosaic from space. PhD Dissertation, University of Bayreuth, Germany, see here

Seo, B. (2008). Optimal Nitrogen fertilizer use in paddy rice farming under risk and uncertainty. Master Thesis, Seoul National University, Republic of Korea, see here


Seo, B.; Poppenborg, P.; Martin, E.; Hoffmeister, M.; Bogner, C.; Jun, M.; Koellner, T.; Reineking, B.; Shope, C.L.; Tenhunen, J. (2013). Per-field land use and land cover data set of the Haean catchment, Republic of Korea. doi:10.1594/PANGAEA.823677, see here

Book translations

The Worldwatch Institute. (2008). State of the World 2008: Ideas and Opportunities for Sustainable Economies, "Investing for Sustainability" and "New Approaches to Trade Governance" (Korean Edition, co-translation), ISBN 9788989831396(8989831393) 

Panitch, L.; Leys, C. (2006). Coming to Terms with Nature: Socialist Register 2007, "Neoliberal hurricane: who framed New Orleans?" (Korean Edition, co-translation), ISBN 9788991071513(8991071511) 

Cayley, D.; Taylor, C. (2005). The Rivers North of the Future: The Testament of Ivan Illich (Korean Edition, co-translation), ISBN 9788993450033 

Pellow, D.N.; Brulle, R.J. (2005). Power, Justice, and the Environment: Power, Justice, and the Environment: A Critical Appraisal of the Environmental Justice Movement, "Between Economic Justice and Sustainability" (Korean Edition, co-translation)


Email: bumsuk.seo@kit.edu
Telephone: +49 8821 183 260

Publications Bumsuk Seo

Cho, N.; Kim, E.; Lim, J.-H.; Seo, B.; Kang, S.
Developing drought stress index for monitoring Pinus densiflora diebacks in Korea.
2020. Journal of ecology and environment / Ecological Society of Korea, 44 (1), Article no: 15. doi:10.1186/s41610-020-00156-9Full textFull text of the publication as PDF document
Lee, H.; Brown, C.; Seo, B.; Holman, I.; Audsley, E.; Cojocaru, G.; Rounsevell, M.
Implementing land-based mitigation to achieve the Paris Agreement in Europe requires food system transformation.
2019. Environmental research letters, 14 (10), Article: 104009. doi:10.1088/1748-9326/ab3744Full textFull text of the publication as PDF document
Lee, B.; Kim, E.; Lim, J.-H.; Seo, B.; Chung, J.-M.
Detecting vegetation phenology in various forest types using long-term MODIS vegetation indices.
2018. 2018 IEEE International Geoscience & Remote Sensing Symposium: Proceedings, 5243–5246, IEEE. doi:10.1109/IGARSS.2018.8518142
Seo, B.; Brown, C.; Rounsevell, M.
Evaluation and Calibration of an Agent Based Land use Model Using Remotely Sensed Land Cover and Primary Productivity Data.
2018. IGARSS 2018 - 2018 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, Valencia, E, July 22-27, 2018, 7472–7475, IEEE, Piscataway, NJ. doi:10.1109/IGARSS.2018.8518023
Martin, E. A.; Seo, B.; Park, C.-R.; Reineking, B.; Steffan-Dewenter, I.
Scale-dependent effects of landscape composition and configuration on natural enemy diversity, crop herbivory, and yields.
2016. Ecological applications, 26 (2), 448–462. doi:10.1890/15-0856
Seo, B.; Bogner, C.; Koellner, T.; Reineking, B.
Mapping Fractional Land Use and Land Cover in a Monsoon Region: The Effects of Data Processing Options.
2016. IEEE journal of selected topics in applied earth observations and remote sensing, 9 (9), 3941–3956. doi:10.1109/JSTARS.2016.2544802
Harter, D. E. V.; Irl, S. D. H.; Seo, B.; Steinbauer, M. J.; Gillespie, R.; Triantis, K. A.; Fernández-Palacios, J.-M.; Beierkuhnlein, C.
Impacts of global climate change on the floras of oceanic islands – Projections, implications and current knowledge.
2015. Perspectives in plant ecology, evolution and systematics, 17 (2), 160–183. doi:10.1016/j.ppees.2015.01.003
Shope, C. L.; Maharjan, G. R.; Tenhunen, J.; Seo, B.; Kim, K.; Riley, J.; Arnhold, S.; Koellner, T.; Ok, Y. S.; Peiffer, S.; Kim, B.; Park, J.-H.; Huwe, B.
Using the SWAT model to improve process descriptions and define hydrologic partitioning in South Korea.
2014. Hydrology and earth system sciences, 18 (2), 539–557. doi:10.5194/hess-18-539-2014Full textFull text of the publication as PDF document
Seo, B.; Bogner, C.; Poppenborg, P.; Martin, E.; Hoffmeister, M.; Jun, M.; Koellner, T.; Reineking, B.; Shope, C. L.; Tenhunen, J.
Deriving a per-field land use and land cover map in an agricultural mosaic catchment.
2014. Earth system science data, 6 (2), 339–352. doi:10.5194/essd-6-339-2014Full textFull text of the publication as PDF document
K’Otuto, G. O.; Otieno, D. O.; Seo, B.; Ogindo, H. O.; Onyango, J. C.
Carbon dioxide exchange and biomass productivity of the herbaceous layer of a managed tropical humid savanna ecosystem in western Kenya.
2013. Journal of plant ecology, 6 (4), 286–297. doi:10.1093/jpe/rts038
Martin, E. A.; Reineking, B.; Seo, B.; Steffan-Dewenter, I.
Natural enemy interactions constrain pest control in complex agricultural landscapes.
2013. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 110 (14), 5534–5539. doi:10.1073/pnas.1215725110
Thanh Nguyen, T.; Hoang, V.-N.; Seo, B.
Cost and environmental efficiency of rice farms in South Korea.
2012. Agricultural economics, 43 (4), 369–378. doi:10.1111/j.1574-0862.2012.00589.x