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How do ecosystems respond to changing weather patterns, rising temperatures and increasing carbon dioxide concentrations? Is the effect of precipitation more important than that of temperature? Or are ecosystem dynamics more strongly affected by nutrient availability? What is the role of extreme events in shaping biogeochemical cycles? To find out the answers we need to understand the interactions among three complex systems: climate, vegetation, and soil. Thus, we combine experiments and in-situ long-term observation with Earth observations gathered by aircraft and satellites across a range of spatial scales, and embrace data-driven machine learning and theory-driven mechanistic modelling. With our research, we try to understand how the terrestrial biosphere reacts to and exerts feedbacks on ongoing environmental change and variation in atmospheric conditions.

Latest key papers

Seeland, M., Rzanny, M., Boho, D., Wäldchen, J., Mäder, P. (2019). Image-based classification of plant genus and family for trained and untrained plant species. BMC Bioinformatics, 20: 4. doi:10.1186/s12859-018-2474-x.

Flach, M., Sippel, S., Gans, F., Bastos, A., Brenning, A., Reichstein, M., and Mahecha, M. D. (2018) Contrasting biosphere responses to hydrometeorological extremes: revisiting the 2010 western Russian heatwave, Biogeosciences, 15, 6067-6085, DOI: 10.5194/bg-15-6067-2018

Koirala, S., Kim, H., Hirabayashi, Y., Kanae, S., Oki, T. (in press). Sensitivity of global hydrological simulations to groundwater capillary flux parameterizations. Water Resources Research. doi:10.1029/2018WR023434.

Nelson, J. A., Carvalhais, N., Cuntz, M., Delpierre, N., Knauer, J., Oge, J., Migliavacca, M., Reichstein, M., Jung, M. (2018) Coupling water and carbon fluxes to constrain estimates of transpiration: the TEA algorithm Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences. doi:10.1029/2018JG004727

Orth, R., Destouni, G. (2018) Drought reduces blue-water fluxes more strongly than green-water fluxes in EuropeNature Communications. 9, 3602. doi: 10.1038/s41467-018-06013-7

Perez-Priego, O., Katul, G., Reichstein, M., El-Madany, T. S., Ahrens, B., Carrara, A., Scanlon, T. M., Migliavacca, M. (2018) Partitioning eddy covariance water flux components using physiological and micrometeorological approaches. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences. doi:10.1029/2018JG004637

Wutzler, T., Lucas-Moffat, A., Migliavacca, M., Knauer, J., Sickel, K., Šigut, L., Menzer, O., Reichstein, M. (2018). Basic and extensible post-processing of eddy covariance flux data with REddyProc. Biogeosciences, 15, 5015–5030, 2018., 2018.

News and activities

January 17th and 18th 2019
Diego Miralles and Ryan Teuling are visiting BGI!

December 18th2018
Johannes Meyerholt successfully defended his PhD!

December 11th2018
AGU session IN24A: Climate Informatics: Methods and Applications co-organized by Markus Reichstein

November 19th 2018
New BGI member Junzhi Liu starting today

November 15th& 16th 2018
Climate Resilience workshop of DKN Future Earth Working Group Societal resilience and climate extremes organized by Markus Reichstein, Dorothea Frank

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