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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.


GFBio: Further contribution to DFG project on scientific data management
May 11, 2018
DFG project on research data management in the field of biological and environmental sciences extended for 3 more years. Jens Kattge and Christian Wirth from MPI-BGC/iDiv are both included. more

Award Ceremony to Director Susan Trumbore
May 09, 2018
Award ceremony and symposium on global carbon cycling: Sue Trumbore is honored for ther groundbreaking radiocarbon measurements in Earth system science. more

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

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Recent Publications

Year-round simulated methane emissions from a permafrost ecosystem in Northeast Siberia
Castro-Morales, K., Kleinen, T., Kaiser, S., Zaehle, S., Kittler, F., Kwon, M. J., Beer, C., Göckede, M. (2018) Biogeosciences. 15, 2691-2722. doi:10.5194/bg-15-2691-2018.

Vulnerability of Amazon forests to storm-driven tree mortality
Negrón-Juárez, R. I., Holm, J. A., Marra, D. M., Rifai, S. W., Riley, W. J., Chambers, J. Q., Koven, C. D., Knox, R. G., McGroddy, M. E., Vittorio, A. V. D., Urquiza-Muñoz, J., Tello-Espinoza, R., Muñoz, W. A., Ribeiro, G. H. P. M., Higuchi, N. (2018) Environmental Research Letters. 13, 054021. doi:10.1088/1748-9326/aabe9f.

Forecasting atmospheric radiocarbon decline to pre-bomb values
Sierra, C. (2018) Radiocarbon. doi:10.1017/RDC.2018.33.

Dynamic, intermediate soil carbon pools may drive future responsiveness to environmental change
Crow, S. E., Sierra, C. A. (in press) Journal of Environmental Quality.

Remote sensing of plant-water relations: An overview and future perspectives
Damm, A., Paul-Limoges, E., Haghighi, E., Simmer, C., Morsdorf, F., Schneider, F. D., van der Tol, C., Migliavacca, M., Rascher, U. (in press) Journal of Plant Physiology. doi:10.1016/j.jplph.2018.04.012.

Symbiont switching and alternative resource acquisition strategies drive mutualism breakdown
Werner, G. D. A., Cornelissen, J. H. C., Cornwell, W. K., Soudzilovskaia, N. A., Kattge, J., West, S. A., Kiers, E. T. (2018) Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. doi:10.1073/pnas.1721629115.

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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

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

ICOS MSA Meeting
June 05 - June 07, 2018

ESRP Meeting
June 06 - June 08, 2018

Events archive


May 24, 2018
11:00 am BGP seminar
Sophie von Fromm, Boaz Hilman, Victor Lery Caetano Andrade
(BGP, MPI - Science Human History)

May 24, 2018
2:00 pm internal seminar
Johannes Meyerholt
(Reichstein department)
The first robust estimate of global nitrogen limitation on future land C uptake

Anke Hildebrandt
(Trumbore department/FSU)
What limits root water uptake?

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