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- * Mission Statement *

Biogeochemical cycles are represented in the atmosphere by several important greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide. In the Department of Biogeochemical Systems we develop methods to measure these gases in situ and by remote sensing, we expand the measurement network to remote hot-spot regions such as Siberia and Amazonia, and we develop and apply numerical models to quantify the large-scale sources and sinks of the greenhouse gases.

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1Le Quéré, C., Andrew, R. M., Friedlingstein, P., Sitch, S., Hauck, J., Pongratz, J., Pickers, P., Korsbakken, J. I., Peters, G. P., Canadell, J. G., Arneth, A., Arora, V. K., Barbero, L., Bastos, A., Bopp, L., Chevallier, F., Chini, L. P., Ciais, P., Doney, S. C., Gkritzalis, T., Goll, D. S., Harris, I., Haverd, V., Hoffman, F. M., Hoppema, M., Houghton, R. A., Ilyina, T., Jain, A. K., Johannesen, T., Jones, C. D., Kato, E., Keeling, R. F., Goldewijk, K. K., Landschützer, P., Lefèvre, N., Lienert, S., Lombardozzi, D., Metzl, N., Munro, D. R., Nabel, J. E. M. S., Nakaoka, S.-I., Neill, C., Olsen, A., Ono, T., Patra, P., Peregon, A., Peters, W., Peylin, P., Pfeil, B., Pierrot, D., Poulter, B., Rehder, G., Resplandy, L., Robertson, E., Rocher, M., Rödenbeck, C., Schuster, U., Schwinger, J., Séférian, R., Skjelvan, I., Steinhoff, T., Sutton, A., Tans, P. P., Tian, H., Tilbrook, B., Tubiello, F. N., van der Laan-Luijkx, I. T., van der Werf, G. R., Viovy, N., Walker, A. P., Wiltshire, A. J., Wright, R., Zaehle, S., Zheng, B. (2018). Global Carbon Budget 2018. Earth System Science Data, 10, 2141-2194. doi:10.5194/essd-10-2141-2018.
2Franz, M., Alonso, R., Arneth, A., Büker, P., Elvira, S., Gerosa, G., Emberson, L., Feng, Z., Le Thiec, D., Marzuoli, R., Oksanen, E., Uddling, J., Wilkinson, M., Zaehle, S. (2018). Evaluation of simulated ozone effects in forest ecosystems against biomass damage estimates from fumigation experiments. Biogeosciences, 15(22), 6941-6957. doi:10.5194/bg-15-6941-2018.
3Borsdorff, T., de Brugh, J. a., Hu, H., Hasekamp, O., Sussmann, R., Rettinger, M., Hase, F., Gross, J., Schneider, M., Garcia, O., Stremme, W., Grutter, M., Feist, D. G., Arnold, S. G., Mazière, M. D., Sha, M. K., Pollard, D. F., Kiel, M., Roehl, C., Wennberg, P. O., Toon, G. C., Landgraf, J. (2018). Mapping carbon monoxide pollution from space down to city scales with daily global coverage. Atmospheric Measurement Techniques, 11(10), 5507-5518. doi:10.5194/amt-11-5507-2018.
4Rödenbeck, C., Zaehle, S., Keeling, R., Heimann, M. (2018). History of El Niño impacts on the global carbon cycle 1957–2017: a quantification from atmospheric CO2 data. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, Series B: Biological Sciences, 373(1760): 20170303. doi:10.1098/rstb.2017.0303.
5Wang, Y., Ciais, P., Goll, D., Huang, Y., Luo, Y., Wang, Y.-P., Bloom, A. A., Broquet, G., Hartmann, J., Peng, S., Penuelas, J., Piao, S., Sardans, J., Stocker, B. D., Wang, R., Zaehle, S., Zechmeister-Boltenstern, S. (2018). GOLUM-CNP v1.0: a data-driven modeling of carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus cycles in major terrestrial biomes. Geoscientific Model Development, 11(9), 3903-3928. doi:10.5194/gmd-11-3903-2018.

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- * NEWS *

Next Department Seminar:
December 13, 2018
Julia Marshall: 2018 heat wave

+++ Collaboration with Max-Planck Partner Group in India +++
December, 2018

Dhanya Pillai from the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) in Bhopal, is visiting our department for two weeks in December. She heads a Max-Planck Partner Group entitled "Top-down estimation of regional sources and sinks of greenhouse gases over the Indian subcontinent constrained by atmospheric observations and modeling". During her stay she will be working with Julia Marshall and Christoph Gerbig on setting up inverse modelling tools at the mesoscale for the indian domain. A further topic will be the development of remote sensing based estimates of emissions from agricultural burning, which represents a major problem for large regions of India.

+++ Institute’s representative for the Max Planck PhDNet +++
November, 2018

This Summer Martijn Pallandt has been elected as the institute’s representative for the Max Planck PhDNet (PhDnet). PhDnet is a platform for exchange among the about 5000 PhD candidates working at 83 Max Planck Institutes. The goal of PhDnet is to bring together PhD’s from all these institutes to improve interdisciplinary cooperation, optimize doctoral education, scientific exchange, and strengthen academic solidarity.

+++ Finished PhD +++
17 October, 2018

Sabrina Arnold successfully defended her thesis 'Ground-based Remote Sensing of Carbon Dioxide, Carbon Monoxide and Methane on Ascension Island Using Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy' at the University of Bremen.


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