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


August 2nd, 2016, Lorea Garcia San Martin starts as visiting PhD-student in the Terrestrial Biosphere Modelling Group.
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July 1st, 2016, Christoph Niemann, joined the Global Diagnostic Modelling Group.
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June 13th , 2016, SciencePub talk Die Vermessung der globalen Photosynthese by Markus Reichstein, Café Wagner, Jena.

Latest key papers

Sippel, S., Zscheischler, J., Reichstein, M. (2016). Ecosystem impacts of climate extremes crucially depend on the timing. Proc.Natl.Acad.Sci. USA, 113(21), 5768-5770. doi:10.1073/pnas.1605667113.

Urbazaev, M., Thiel, C., Migliavacca, M., Reichstein, M., Rodriguez-Veiga, P., Schmullius, C. (2016). Improved multi-sensor satellite-based aboveground biomass estimation by selecting temporally stable forest inventory plots using NDVI time series. Forests, 7(8): 169. doi:10.3390/f7080169.

Miralles, D. G., Jimenez, C., Jung, M., Michel, D., Ershadi, A., McCabe, M. F., Hirschi, M., Martens, B., Dolman, A. J., Fisher, J. B., Mu, Q., Seneviratne, S. I., Wood, E. F., Fernandez-Prieto, D. (2016). The WACMOS-ET project - Part 2: Evaluation of global terrestrial evaporation data sets. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 20(2), 823-842. doi:10.5194/hess-20-823-2016.

Walther, S., Voigt, M., Thum, T., Gonsamo, A., Zhang, Y., Köhler, P., Jung, M. , Varlagin, A., Guanter, L. (2016). Satellite chlorophyll fluorescence measurements reveal large-scale decoupling of photosynthesis and greenness dynamics in boreal evergreen forests. Global Change Biology. doi:10.1111/gcb.13200

Sippel, S., Zscheischler, J., Reichstein, M. (2016). Ecosystem impacts of climate extremes crucially depend on the timing. Proc.Natl.Acad.Sci. USA, 113(21), 5768-5770. doi:10.1073/pnas.1605667113.