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+ Ambarchik video
26 January, 2018

The Arctic is warming due to climate change. What are the consequences for greenhouse gases in the atmosphere? Friedemann Reum and Mathias Göckede from the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry want to find out. They measure greenhouse gas concentrations in the air on-site - in the remote locality Ambarchik, at the Siberian coast of the Arctic Ocean. With their data they calculate how much carbon dioxide and methane escapes from the permafrost soils of the Siberian Arctic into the atmosphere.

Friedemann Reum and Mathias Göckede explain their research on permafrost in a remote locality in the Siberian Arctic in this new educational video on Youtube (English version/German version)

Photo courtesy Luke Griswold-Tergis/Martin Heimann

+ German Science Hour at COP23
10 November, 2017

Can we learn more about anthropogenic emissions through atmospheric measurements of trace gases like carbon dioxide? This was the question addressed on Thursday, November 9, 2017 by Julia Marshall, scientific group leader at MPI for Biogeochemistry, during a session at COP23. Alongside Werner Kutsch of the international Integrated Carbon Observation System (ICOS) network and Gerhard Ehret of the German Aerospace Center (DLR), she presented at the “German Science Hour” on the topic “The Fate of Greenhouse Gases: the Knowns and the Unknowns”.

The German Science Hour is an event organized by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) taking place daily at the German Pavilion during the UN Climate Change Conference COP23 in Bonn, Germany. The German Science Hour aims at strengthening the science-policy dialogue at COP23 by presenting state-of-the-art climate research in an entertaining way.

Photo courtesy Friedemann Call/DLR Projektträger see press release

+ New Colleague
24 October, 2017

Hello! My name is Michał Gałkowski (but please feel free to call me Mike), and I’ve recently joined Airborne Trace Gas Measurements and Mesoscale Modelling group (ATM) as a post-doc. My tasks will be associated with the AIRSPACE project that aims at providing very detailed information on methane and carbon dioxide fluxes on regional scales, using the aircraft-based measurements and state-of-the-art modelling techniques applied at European emission hot-spots (like Silesian Coal Basin in Poland).

I’ve completed my PhD thesis in late 2015 at the AGH University of Science and Technology in Kraków (also in Poland). In it, I focused on researching regional loads and emissions of nitrous dioxide using both measurement and modelling methods. During last two years I’ve continued to work at the University, focusing on studying the emissions and atmospheric transport patterns of other atmospheric pollutants, mainly CH4 and PM10. I am very much looking forward to this new adventure, especially since it fits so well with my scientific interests.

Privately, I love reading books and watching films. I also enjoy discussions about history very much, and I am always keen on learning new things. German language is at the top of my list now!

+ Workshop on building research at ATTO
16 October, 2017

On 4 and 5 October, we participated at the ATTO workshop hosted by the National Institute of Amazonian Research (INPA; Manaus, Brazil). The main objectives were to present current work related to the ATTO site and plan future joint research at and around ATTO.

The workshop participants agreed to produce a new science plan that integrates research on energy, water, aerosols, and greenhouse gases exchange between the central Amazon forests and the atmosphere, and explores the role of volatile organics and trace gases on cloud formation and atmospheric chemistry. Over the next 20 years, ATTO scientists aim at providing new knowledge on the role of the Amazon forest in the global climate system and its response to changing climate. see press release

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1Castro-Morales, K., Kleinen, T., Kaiser, S., Zaehle, S., Kittler, F., Kwon, M. J., Beer, C., Göckede, M. (2018). Year-round simulated methane emissions from a permafrost ecosystem in Northeast Siberia. Biogeosciences, 15(9), 2691-2722. doi:10.5194/bg-15-2691-2018.
2Renner, S. C., Suarez-Rubio, M., Kaiser, S., Nieschulze, J., Kalko, E. K. V., Tschapka, M., Jung, K. (2018). Divergent response to forest structure of two mobile vertebrate groups. Forest Ecology and Management, 415-416, 129-138. doi:10.1016/j.foreco.2018.02.028.
3Rödenbeck, C., Zaehle, S., Keeling, R., Heimann, M. (2018). How does the terrestrial carbon exchange respond to inter-annual climatic variations? A quantification based on atmospheric CO2 data. Biogeosciences, 15(8), 2481-2498. doi:10.5194/bg-15-2481-2018.
4Kondo, 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). Land use change and El Nino-Southern Oscillation drive decadal carbon balance shifts in Southeast Asia. Nature Communications, 9: 1154. doi:10.1038/s41467-018-03374-x.
5Kunz, M., Lavric, J. V., Gerbig, C., Tans, P., Neff, D., Hummelgård, C., Martin, H., Rödjegård, H., Wrenger, B., Heimann, M. (2018). COCAP: a carbon dioxide analyser for small unmanned aircraft systems. Atmospheric Measurement Techniques, 11(3), 1833-1849. doi:10.5194/amt-11-1833-2018.

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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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