Somidh Saha

Dr. rer. nat. Somidh Saha

  • Institut für Technikfolgenabschätzung und Systemanalyse (ITAS)
    Postfach 3640
    76021 Karlsruhe

Fields of work

Thematic focus

  • Social-ecological resilience
  • Forest transformation
  • Restoration silviculture and forest ecology
  • Urban forestry and ecology
  • Biomass and bioenergy

Methodological focus

  • Quantification of ecosystem services and trade-off analyses
  • Meta-analysis
  • Participatory and constructive technology assessment
  • Forest inventory
  • Questionnaire survey and public perception analysis

Current positions

On the Internet

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Professional background

2000 - 2003 B.Sc. in Zoology (Honours), Presidency College, University of Calcutta, Kolkata, India
2003 - 2005 M.Sc. in Forestry (Management and Economics), Forest Research Institute, Dehradun, India
2005 - 2008 Forester, Centre-in-Charge, The Bamra Forest Centre, BILT Pulp and Paper (Unit - Sewa), Odisha, India
2008 - 2012 Doctor rerum naturalium (Dr. rer. nat.) in Forestry, University of Freiburg, Germany (DAAD Fellowship)
2013 - 2016 Scientist at University of Freiburg, Germany
since 2017 Scientist at ITAS, KIT, Germany

Selected publications

Cueva, J.; Almeida I.Y.; Fröhlich, K., Dermann, A. F.; Dermann, F., Köhler, M.; Grossmann, J.; Meier, W.; Bauhus, J.;Schröder, D., Sardemann, G.; Thomas, C.; Romero Carnicero, A.; Saha, S.
Synergies and tradeoffs in ecosystem services from urban and peri-urban forests and their implication to sustainable city design and planning. Sustainable Cities and Society, 82, 103903
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S2210670722002256

Almeida, I.; Rösch, C.; Saha, S.
Converting monospecific into mixed forests - Stakeholders' views on ecosystem services in the Black Forest Region. Ecology and Society 26(4):28
https://www.ecologyandsociety.org/vol26/iss4/art28/

Beckmann-Wübbelt, A.; Fricke, A.; Sebesvari, Z.; Almeida, I.; Fröhlich, K.; Saha, S. (2021)
High public appreciation for cultural ecosystem services of urban and peri-urban forests during the COVID-19 pandemic. Sustainable Cities and Society, 74, 103240
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S2210670721005175

Chakraborty, T., Saha, S., Matzarakis, A., Reif, A. (2017)
Influence of multiple biotic and abiotic factors on the crown die-back of European beech trees at their drought limit. Flora, 229: 58 - 70
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S036725301733133X

Sohn, JA.; Saha, S.; Bauhus, J. (2016)
Potential of forest thinning to mitigate drought stress: a meta-analysis. Forest Ecology and Management, 380, 261 - 273
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0378112716304029

Publications


2024
Presentations
Beckmann-Wübbelt, A.; Amissah, L.; Addo-Danso, S. D.; Schmidtlein, S.; Fassnacht, F.; Grunwald, A.; Saha, S.
Exploiting the potential of nature-based solutions for resilient urban development: Insights into potentials and policy challenges in Kumasi, Ghana
2024, April 26. International Conference on Urban Affairs (2024), New York, NY, USA, April 24–27, 2024 
2023
Book Chapters
Fricke, A.; Parodi, O.; Trenks, H.; Saha, S.
Transdisziplinär forschen
2023. Transformative Geographische Bildung – Schlüsselprobleme, Theoriezugänge, Forschungsweisen, Vermittlungspraktiken. Hrsg.: E. Nöthen, 261–267, Springer-Verlag. doi:10.1007/978-3-662-66482-7_36
Journal Articles
Ndecky, S.; Nguyen, T. H.; Eiche, E.; Cognat, V.; Pflieger, D.; Pawar, N.; Betting, F.; Saha, S.; Champion, A.; Riemann, M.; Heitz, T.
Jasmonate signaling controls negative and positive effectors of salt stress tolerance in rice
2023. Journal of Experimental Botany, 74 (10), 3220–3239. doi:10.1093/jxb/erad086
Schmerbeck, J.; Saha, S.; Srimathi, A.; Einhellinger, B.; Hangsing, M.
Tropical montane forest (Shola) tree species can regenerate under abandoned exotic tree plantations in the Western Ghats of India
2023. Forestry: An International Journal of Forest Research. doi:10.1093/forestry/cpad050
Wilkes-Allemann, J.; Kopp, M.; van der Velde, R.; Bernasconi, A.; Karaca, E.; Cepic, S.; Tomicevic-Dubljevic, J.; Bauer, N.; Petit-Boix, A.; Brantschen, E. C.; Cueva, J.; Leipold, S.; Saha, S.; Živojinović, I.
Envisioning the future - creating sustainable, healthy and resilient BioCities
2023. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, 84, Article no: 127935. doi:10.1016/j.ufug.2023.127935
Presentations
Fröhlich, K.; Gaber, J.; Rühr, N.; Schmidtlein, S.; Saha, S.
Die Kombination von aktiven und passiven Restorationsmaßnahmen führt zu einer größeren und artenreicheren Bodenvegetation drei Jahre nach einem Waldbrand
2023. Forstwissenschaftliche Tagung (FOWITA 2023 2023), Dresden, Germany, September 11–13, 2023 
Lyu, H.; Saha, S.
Species traits and growing conditions were related to crown dieback in community and city-owned peri-urban forests: a study from southwest Germany
2023. European Forum on Urban Forestry "Urban Forests as Nature-based Solutions" (EFUF 2023), Krakow, Poland, May 23–27, 2023 
Petridis, Z.; Saha, S.; Schmidtlein, S.; Köhler, M.
Microhabitat Abundance, Richness and Diversity in Park and Street Trees of Karlsruhe
2023. European Forum on Urban Forestry "Urban Forests as Nature-based Solutions" (EFUF 2023), Krakow, Poland, May 23–27, 2023 
Saha, S.
We and the trees in an Anthroposcape
2023. Trans-cultural/disciplinary Practices: Arts and Science in a Changing World (2023), Zurich, Switzerland, September 15–16, 2023 
Saha, S.
Life-giving trees of a city – lessons learned from the GrüneLunge project in Karlsruhe
2023. Kongress der Zukünfte, RambaZamba Theater (2023), Berlin, Germany, October 13–15, 2023 
Saha, S.
Solitary trees in a warming and growing city: some outcomes from the GrüneLune project
2023. Kongress Grüne Städte Europa "Stadt.Baum.Dach" (2023), Cologne, Germany, September 11–12, 2023 
Saha, S.; Beckmann-Wübbelt, A.; Almeida, I.; Fricke, A.; Schobert, M.; Cueva, J.; Albrecht, A.; Hirsch, M.; Gangwisch, M.; Matzarakis, A.; Köhler, M.; Collet, F.; Laux, M.; Lv, H.
Combining inter-and transdisciplinary research approaches to increase the resilience of urban forests to climate change impacts in Southwest Germany
2023. 2nd World Forum on Urban Forests (2023), Washington, DC, USA, October 16–20, 2023 
Saha, S.; Schobert, M.; Schmidtlein, S.; Köhler, M.
Crown damage of single-standing city trees after the catastrophic drought of 2018 – field observational studies on 79,753 trees from the city of Karlsruhe, Germany
2023. European Forum on Urban Forestry "Urban Forests as Nature-based Solutions" (EFUF 2023), Krakow, Poland, May 23–27, 2023 
Son, J.; Kramer, C.; Saha, S.
Participatory spatial mapping and valuation of cultural ecosystem services from urban green spaces in Germany and Republic of Korea
2023, December 15. Annual Meeting 2023, British Ecological Society (BES 2023), Belfast, United Kingdom, December 12–15, 2023 
Posters
Andaladi Thekkethil, S. G.; Fassnacht, F. E.; Schmidtlein, S.; Joshi, P. K.; Saha, S.
Post-fire recovery assessment for fostering socio-ecological resilience in the Western Himalayan Region
2023. International Symposium on Intersectoral Cooperation for Resilient Landscapes, International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) and the Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE) (2023), Dehradun, India, March 29–30, 2023 
Beckmann-Wübbelt, A.; Addo-Danso, S. D.; Schmidtlein, S.; Fassnacht, F.; Grunwald, A.; Saha, S.
Quantifying ecosystem services from urban forests and their importance in increasing social-ecological resilience in Greater Kumasi, Ghana
2023. European Forum on Urban Forestry "Urban Forests as Nature-based Solutions" (EFUF 2023), Krakow, Poland, May 23–27, 2023 
Rahman, I.; Saha, S.; Grunwald, A.
Exploring the potential of participatory spatial-system dynamics modeling in assessing the importance of cultural ecosystem services from the urban forest for resilience planning in Jakarta and Bandung, Indonesia
2023. European Forum on Urban Forestry "Urban Forests as Nature-based Solutions" (EFUF 2023), Krakow, Poland, May 23–27, 2023 
Saha, S.; Kramer, D.; Betting, F.; Schmidtlein, S.
Morphological, tree health, and ecophysiological variations among Norway maple (Acer platanoides L.) trees planted along strips and pits near roads in the city of Karlsruhe, Germany
2023, May 25. European Forum on Urban Forestry "Urban Forests as Nature-based Solutions" (EFUF 2023), Krakow, Poland, May 23–27, 2023 
Saha, S.; Spoden, L.; Skiadaresis, G.
Tree-ring analysis and impulse tomography on old native (Quercus robur) and exotic (Quercus rubra) urban oaks revealed a growing sensitivity to drought and internal trunk damage
2023. European Forum on Urban Forestry "Urban Forests as Nature-based Solutions" (EFUF 2023), Krakow, Poland, May 23–27, 2023 
Son, J.; Kramer, C.; Saha, S.
Citizens’ perceptions of cultural ecosystem services of urban green spaces in Germany and the Republic of Korea
2023. KIT Science Week / Zukunft gemeinsam nachhaltig gestalten (2023), Karlsruhe, Germany, October 10–15, 2023 
Son, J.; Saha, S.
Cultural ecosystem services and its linkage to the future development of urban forests
2023. Summer School: Blue-green biodiversity. Research and practice at the interface of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems (2023), Davos, Switzerland, August 27–September 1, 2023. doi:10.13140/RG.2.2.27795.25126
2022
Journal Articles
Cueva, J.; Almeida, I. A.; Fröhlich, K.; Dermann, A. F.; Dermann, F.; Köhler, M.; Grossmann, J.; Meier, W.; Bauhus, J.; Schröder, D.; Sardemann, G.; Thomas, C.; Carnicero, A. R.; Saha, S.
Synergies and tradeoffs in ecosystem services from urban and peri-urban forests and their implication to sustainable city design and planning
2022. Sustainable cities and society, 82, 103903. doi:10.1016/j.scs.2022.103903
Conference Papers
Saha, S.; Matzarakis, A.; Albrecht, A.; Fricke, A.; Collet, F.; Almeida, I.; Hirsch, M.; Gangwisch, M.; Cueva-Giron, J. M.; Köhler, M.; Beckmann-Wübbelt, A.; Schobert, M.; Fröhlich, K.; Trenks, H.; Parodi, O.; Böddeker, H.; Kienzler, U.; Reuter, M.
Inter- and transdisciplinary research approaches to increase the resilience of urban and peri-urban forests (UPFs) to climate change impacts - lessons learned from the first phase of the “GreenLung” (“GrüneLunge”) project, Germany
2022. UFFU 2022 : International Conference Leuven : Urban Forests, Forest Urbanisms, and Global Warming: Developing Greener, Cooler and more Resilient Cities : Book of Abstracts, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven) 
Reports/Preprints
Wilkes-Allemann, J.; Velde, R. van der; Kopp, M.; Bernasconi, A.; Karaca, E.; Coleman Brantschen, E.; Cepic, S.; Tomicevic-Dubljevic, J.; Bauer, N.; Petit-Boix, A.; Cueva, J.; Živojinović, I.; Leipold, S.; Saha, S.
Research Agenda : Biocities of the future
2022. European Forest Institute (EFI). doi:10.36333/rs4
Presentations
Fröhlich, K.; Gaber, J.; Rühr, N.; Saha, S.
Can a mix of active and passive restoration measures improve post-fire stand regeneration?
2022. COFE-FORMEC-IUFRO Conference (2022 2022), Corvallis, OR, USA, October 4–7, 2022 
Saha, S.
Forests and Their Futures
2022. Zukunft des Lebens (2022), Cologne, Germany, June 22–23, 2022 
Saha, S.
Combining inter- and transdisciplinary research approaches to increase the resilience of urban forests–lessons learned from the Green-Lung (GrüneLunge) in Karlsruhe, Germany
2022. Marsh Hall, Hixon Centre of Urban Ecology, Forest School, Yale School of Environment, Yale University (2022), New Haven, CT, USA, December 5, 2022 
Son, J.; Saha, S.
Co-developing nature-based solutions (NbS) for maximizing ecosystem services of urban forests
2022. Urban Transitions (2022), Sitges, Spain, November 8–10, 2022 
Posters
Son, J.; Saha, S.
Digitalization of Urban Trees in Karlsruhe, Germany
2022. 5th European Technology Assessment Conference (ETAC5 2022), Karlsruhe, Germany, July 25–27, 2022 
Son, J.; Saha, S.
Assessing stakeholders’ perspectives on cultural ecosystem services provided by urban trees
2022. SFE²-GfÖ-EEF joint meeting, International Conference on Ecological Sciences "Ecology and Evolution: New perspectives and societal challenges" (2022), Metz, France, November 21–25, 2022 
2021
Books
Fricke, A.; Noel, A.; Trenks, H.; Eberhagen, I.; Frank, R.; Senk, M.; Wolff, U.; Mayus, M.; Reuter, M.; Saha, S.
Naturnahes Gärtnern: Mein Beitrag zum Erhalt der Artenvielfalt und zur Verbesserung des Stadtklimas : Info-Broschüre aus dem Projekt GrüneLunge
2021. Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT) 
Fricke, A.; Trenks, H.; Frank, R.; Eberhagen, I.; Senk, M.; Reuter, M.; Saha, S.; Wolff, U.
Naturnahe Gärten - Mein Beitrag zum Erhalt der Artenvielfalt
2021. Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT) 
Journal Articles
Beckmann-Wübbelt, A.; Fricke, A.; Sebesvari, Z.; Yakouchenkova, I. A.; Fröhlich, K.; Saha, S.
High public appreciation for the cultural ecosystem services of urban and peri‑urban forests during the COVID-19 pandemic
2021. Sustainable Cities and Society, 74, Art.-Nr.: 103240. doi:10.1016/j.scs.2021.103240
Presentations
Almeida, I.; Fricke, A.; Saha, S.; Fröhlich, K.; Cueva, J.
Wie kann man Ökosystemleistungen von Bäumen messen?
2021. EFFEKTE im Juni: Von Digitalbauern, Mischwäldern und Nachhaltigkeit (2021), Online, June 15, 2021 
Almeida, I.; Rösch, C.; Saha, S.
Mischwälder und ihre Bedeutung für eine nachhaltige Forstwirtschaft
2021. EFFEKTE im Juni: Von Digitalbauern, Mischwäldern und Nachhaltigkeit (2021), Online, June 15, 2021 
Fricke, A.; Beckmann-Wübbelt, A.; Saha, S.; Almeida, I.
Kulturelle Ökosystemdienstleistungen von Bäumen in Karlsruhe
2021. EFFEKTE im Juni: Von Digitalbauern, Mischwäldern und Nachhaltigkeit (2021), Online, June 15, 2021 
2020
Journal Articles
2019
Presentations
Almeida, I.; Saha, S.; Rösch, C.
Public preference for mixed forests - The results of a transdisciplinary research project on ecosystem services in Germany
2019. IUFRO World Congress (2019), Curitiba, Brazil, September 29–October 5, 2019 
Almeida, I.; Sardemann, G.; Fricke, A.; Meyer-Soylu, S.; Trenks, H.; Waitz, C.; Parodi, O.; Seebacher, A.; Kopfmüller, J.; Rösch, C.; Stelzer, V.; Saha, S.; u.a.
Managing urban trees and forests under the threats of climate change, urbanization, and pollution
2019. IUFRO World Congress (2019), Curitiba, Brazil, September 29–October 5, 2019 
Saha, S.; Scherz, C.
Technology assessment in forestry sector under climate change
2019. 4. Internationale TA-Konferenz (2019), Bratislava, Slovakia, November 4–6, 2019 
2018
Presentations
Chakraborty, T.; Saha, S.; Matzarakis, A.; Reif, A.
Biomass, annual growth, C and O isotope signatures in tree rings revealed high ecological plasticity in European beech (fagus silvatica l.) trees under multiple drought events
2018. 11th 11th International Beech Symposium, Viterbo, I, September 18-21, 2018 (2018), Viterbo, Italy, September 18–21, 2018 
Fonseca, T.; Dey, D. C.; Saha, S.; Löf, M.
Cork oak: Sustainable forests and eco-friendly products
2018. Eco Forum Global Annual Conference (2018), Guiyang, China, July 6, 2018 
Saha, S.; Almeida, I.; Rösch, C.
High public support for mixed forests over monospecific forests in Germany
2018. 4th International Congress of Planted Forests (2018), Beijing, China, October 23–27, 2018 
Saha, S.; Almeida, I.; Rösch, C.
Comparison of ecosystem services from mixed against monospecific forests in the southwest Germany: a survey on public perception
2018. 11th 11th International Beech Symposium, Viterbo, I, September 18-21, 2018 (2018), Viterbo, Italy, September 18–21, 2018 
Saha, S.; Datta, P.; Rösch, C.
Higher diversity and productivity in silver fir. Beech mixed forests over monospecific forests in Germany
2018. 4th International Congress of Planted Forests (2018), Beijing, China, October 23–27, 2018 
Singh, P. P.; Dermann, A.; Dermann, F.; Adhikari, D.; Chakraborty, T.; Gurung, P. B.; Barik, S. K.; Bauhus, J.; Saha, S.
Assessing restoration potential of fragmented and degraded fagaceae forests in Meghalaya, North-East India
2018. 4th International Congress of Planted Forests (2018), Beijing, China, October 23–27, 2018 
Posters
Saha, S.; Datta, P.; Rösch, C.
Silver fir - European beech mixed forests have higher productivity than pure forests of beech in South Germany
2018. 11th 11th International Beech Symposium, Viterbo, I, September 18-21, 2018 (2018), Viterbo, Italy, September 18–21, 2018 
2017
Presentations
Cheng, Z.; Saha, S.
Ecology and silviculture of four important oak tree species in East and South Asia: a review
2017. IUFRO 125th Anniversary Congress, Freiburg, September 18-22, 2017 
Saha, S.; Gessler, A. F.; Dermann, F.; Singh, P. P.; Adhikari, D.; Chakrabory, T.; Bauhus, J.; Barik, S. K.
Anthropogenic disturbances differently impacted natural regeneration and coppicing ability in nine Fagaceae tree species in moist oak-laurel hill forests of Khasi Hills, Northeast India
2017. 3rd Conference ’Restoring Forests - Regeneration and Ecosystem Function for the Future’, Lund, S, September 12-14, 2017 
Saha, S.; Rösch, C.
High public support for beech-fir mixed forests
2017. BuTaKLi Project Meeting, Freiburg, November 9, 2017 
Saha, S.; Rösch, C.
Does mixing species increase forest ecosystem services under changing climate? A study in beech-fir forests
2017. 1st Biannual Meeting of the BuTaKLi project, Freiburg, May 3, 2017 
Saha, S.; Rösch, C.; Sardemann, G.; Kopfmüller, J.; Parodi, O.; Meyer-Soylu, S.; Waitz, C.; Stähler, B.; Kienzler, U.; Reuter, M.; Albrecht, A.; Matzarakis, A.
Inter- und transdisziplinäre Entwicklung von Strategien zur Erhöhung der Resilienz von Bäumen in wachsenden Städten und urbanen Regionen
2017. Vernetzungskonferenz Zukunftsstadt, Frankfurt, 13.-14.Dezember 2017