Overview

The global terrestrial biosphere, i.e. the vegetation and soils, strongly reacts to variations in atmospheric conditions but also influences the atmosphere via exchange of matter and energy (e.g. trace gases, latent and sensible heat). These interactions occur on time-scales that range from seconds to millennia, and ascend from the molecular to the global spatial scale. They are mediated by the action of organisms which shape important biogeochemical and biogeophysical processes in their ecosystems, which in turn are forming landscapes, regions, and biomes. Hence we study the nature and the role of these interactions between the biosphere and the atmosphere, using a modelling approach, which integrates observations from organisms to global scale. This research should ultimately help understanding how the biosphere is reacting to and is exerting feedbacks on ongoing environmental change (e.g. changing water cycle, global warming, increasing atmospheric CO2 levels, and nitrogen deposition).

News and activities

August 15th 2016, application deadline MSCJ Autumn School Dynamics of natural (eco)systems: theory and applications co-organized by MPI-BGI. Further details can be found here


July 1st, 2016, Christoph Niemann, joined the Global Diagnostic Modelling Group.
Welcome!


June 13th , 2016, SciencePub talk Die Vermessung der globalen Photosynthese by Markus Reichstein, Café Wagner, Jena.


June 8th , 2016, Martin Thurner sucessfully defended his PhD thesis at the Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena.
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Latest papers

Thurner, M., Beer, C., Carvalhais, N., Forkel, M., Santoro, M., Tum, M. and Schmullius, C. (2016) Large-scale variation in boreal and temperate forest carbon turnover rate is related to climate. Geophysical Research Letters, 43, 4576-4585 DOI: 10.1002/2016GL068794

El-Madany, T.S., Walk, J.B., Deventer, M.J., Degefie, D.T., Chang, S.C., Juang, J.-Y, Griessbaum, F., Klemm, O. (2016) Canopy-atmosphere interactions under foggy condition—Size-resolved fog droplet fluxes and their implications. J. Geophys. Res. Biogeosci. 121, 796–808 DOI: 10.1002/2015JG003221.

Meyerholt, J., Zaehle, S., and Smith, M. J.: Variability of projected terrestrial biosphere responses to elevated levels of atmospheric CO2 due to uncertainty in biological nitrogen fixation, Biogeosciences, 13, 1491-1518, doi:10.5194/bg-13-1491-2016, 2016.

Caldararu, S., Purves, D. W., Smith, M. J. (2016). The effect of using the plant functional type paradigm on a data-constrained global phenology model. Biogeosciences, 13(4), 925-941. doi:10.5194/bg-13-925-2016.

Thurner, M., Beer, C., Carvalhais, N., Forkel, M., Santoro, M., Tum, M. and Schmullius, C. (2016) Large-scale variation in boreal and temperate forest carbon turnover rate is related to climate. Geophysical Research Letters DOI: 10.1002/2016GL068794