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Overview

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

Fan, N., Koirala, S., Reichstein, M., Thurner, M., Avitabile, V., Santoro, M., Ahrens, B., Weber, U., Carvalhais, N. (2020). Apparent ecosystem carbon turnover time: uncertainties and robust features. Earth System Science Data, 12(4), 2517-2536. doi:10.5194/essd-12-2517-2020.



Liu, J., Ma, X., Duan, Z., Jiang, J., Reichstein, M., Jung, M. (2020). Impact of temporal precipitation variability on ecosystem productivity. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews Water, 7(6): e1481. doi:10.1002/wat2.1481.
O, S., Hou, X., Orth, R. (2020). Observational evidence of wildfire-promoting soil moisture anomalies. Scientific Reports, 10(1): 11008. doi:10.1038/s41598-020-67530-4.
Tramontana, G., Migliavacca, M., Jung, M., Reichstein, M., Keenan, T. F., Camps-Valls, G., Ogee, J., Verrelst, J., Papale, D. (2020). Partitioning net carbon dioxide fluxes into photosynthesis and respiration using neural networks. Global Change Biology, 26(9), 5235-5253. doi:10.1111/gcb.15203.
Yu, L., Ahrens, B., Wutzler, T., Zaehle, S., Schrumpf, M. (2020). Modeling soil responses to nitrogen and phosphorus fertilization along a soil phosphorus stock gradient. Frontiers in Forests and Global Change, 3: 543112. doi:10.3389/ffgc.2020.543112.

News and activities

November 26th 2020
Today Kerstin Sickel says farewell to the institute and will take her well-deserved retirement
Join on-line via zoom to the hybrid ceremony!
1:00 pm


November 24th 2020
Markus Reichstein giving "Machine-learning-model-data-integration for a better understanding of the Earth System" talk at ECMWF. Register for Live stream link here
16:00 GMT


November 24th 2020
Talk by René Orth about Climate Change at Jabil
15:30–17:00


November 9th 2020
Markus Reichstein was awarded with the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize 2020
YouTube Link to virtual award ceremony here
Congratulations!


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