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We contribute to the understanding of how living organisms – including humans - exchange fundamental resources like water, carbon, nitrogen and energy with their environment, and how this affects and responds to global climate and environmental change.


Sönke Zaehle appointed lead author of the Sixth IPCC Assessment Report
April 18, 2018
The IPCC recently anounced the scientific experts for the Sixth Assessment Report, among them Sönke Zaehle of MPI-BGC. more

Global Carbon Budget 2017 released, supported by MPI-BGC scientists
March 21, 2018
The annual Global Carbon Budget for 2017 was recently published. Christian Rödenbeck and Sönke Zaehle contributed their expertise in atmospheric growth and land net uptake of CO2. more

Kick-off meeting with partner group in Bhopal, India
March 15, 2018
MPI-BGC scientist were visiting the Max Planck Partner Group at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research in Bhopal. more

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Recent Publications

Large sensitivity in land carbon storage due to geographical and temporal variation in the thermal response of photosynthetic capacity
Mercado, L. M., Medlyn, B. E., Huntingford, C., Oliver, R. J., Clark, D. B., Sitch, S., Zelazowski, P., Kattge, J., Harper, A. B., Cox, P. M. (2018) New Phytologist. doi:10.1111/nph.15100.

Using radiocarbon-calibrated dendrochronology to improve tree-cutting cycle estimates for timber management in southern Amazon forests
de Miranda, D. L. C., Higuchi, N., Trumbore, S. E., Latorraca, J. V. F., do Carmo, J. F., Lima, A. J. N. (2018) Trees. 32, 587-602. doi:10.1007/s00468-018-1658-3.

Plant diversity effects on arthropods and arthropod-dependent ecosystem functions in a biodiversity experiment
Ebeling, A., Hines, J., Hertzog, L. R., Lange, M., Meyer, S. T., Simons, N. K., Weisser, W. W. (2018) Basic and Applied Ecology. 26, 50-63. doi: 10.1016/j.baae.2017.09.014.

Automated plant species identification—Trends and future directions
Wäldchen, J., Rzanny, M., Seeland, M., Mäder, P. (2018) PLoS Computational Biology. 14, e1005993. doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1005993.

Land use change and El Nino-Southern Oscillation drive decadal carbon balance shifts in Southeast Asia
Kondo, M., Ichii, K., Patra, P. K., Canadell, J. G., Poulter, B., Sitch, S., Calle, L., Liu, Y. Y., van Dijk, A. I. J. M., Saeki, T., Saigusa, N., Friedlingstein, P., Arneth, A., Harper, A., Jain, A. K., Kato, E., Koven, C., Li, F., Pugh, T. A. M., Zaehle, S., Wiltshire, A., Chevallier, F., Maki, T., Nakamura, T., Niwa, Y., Roedenbeck, C. (2018) Nature Communications. 9, 1154. doi:10.1038/s41467-018-03374-x.

The effect of elevation bias in interpolated air temperature data sets on surface warming in China during 1951-2015
Wang, T., Sun, F., Ge, Q., Kleidon, A., Liu, W. (2018) Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres. 123, 2141-2151. doi:10.1002/2017JD027510.

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Biogeochemical Processes (Trumbore)
Biogeochemical Integration (Reichstein)
Biogeochemical Systems (N.N.)

Research Groups

Molecular Biogeochemistry (Gleixner)
Organic Paleobiogeochemistry (Hallmann)
Biospheric Theory & Modeling (Kleidon)
Hydrology-Biosphere-Climate (Orth)
Carbon Balance & Ecosystems (Schulze)
Theoretical Ecosystem Ecology (Sierra)
Functional Biogeography (Wirth & Kattge)
Terrestrial Biosphere Modelling (Zaehle)

Video and Audio

The Jena Experiment (video)
Klima - der Kohlenstoffkreislauf (video)
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Future Events

Forsche Schüler Tag am MPI für Biogeochemie
April 26, 2018

New Advances in Land Carbon Cycle Modeling
May 19 - May 26, 2018

ICOS MSA Meeting
June 05 - June 07, 2018

Events archive


April 25, 2018
11:00 am
Martin Bauch
Uni Leipzig/Leibniz Institute for the History and Culture of Eastern Europe (GWZO)
Past Extreme Events-Reconstruction and Societal Impact: Approaches from Climate History

May 03, 2018
2:00 pm internal seminar
Jacob Nelson
(Reichstein department)
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Mirco Migliavacca
(Reichstein department)
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