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Exploring the Earth System

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.


Slug shuttle-service for mites
July 05, 2018
Soil biodiversity is key to numerous ecosystem functions. Markus Lange of MPI-BGC was involved in a study on soil fauna, more precisely the dispersal strategy of mites. more

Soil weathering: A key player in carbon cycling
July 02, 2018
With the help of a 3-million-year old terrace sequence in the Californian central valley scientists showed how soil weathering substantially influences terrestrial C cycling. more

Discovery of hidden CFC emissions
June 28, 2018
In an editorial with our partner DKK, Martin Heimann describes how forbidden CFC emissions have been detected by researchers, an what we can learn from that. more

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Recent Publications

On the dynamic nature of hydrological similarity
Loritz, R., Gupta, H., Jackisch, C., Westhoff, M., Kleidon, A., Ehret, U., Zehe, E. (2018) Hydrology and Earth System Sciences. 22, 3663-3684. doi:10.5194/hess-22-3663-2018.

Links among warming, carbon and microbial dynamics mediated by soil mineral weathering
Doetterl, S., Berhe, A. A., Arnold, C., Bodé, S., Fiener, P., Finke, P., Fuchslueger, L., Griepentrog, M., Harden, J. W., Nadeu, E., Schnecker, J., Six, J., Trumbore, S. E., Oost, K. V., Vogel, C., Boeckx, P. (2018) Nature Geoscience. doi:10.1038/s41561-018-0168-7.

Beyond the fast-slow continuum: demographic dimensions structuring a tropical tree community
Rüger, N., Comita, L. S., Condit, R., Purves, D., Rosenbaum, B., Visser, M. D., Wright, S. J., Wirth, C. (2018) Ecology Letters. 21, 1075-1084. doi:10.1111/ele.12974.

How long do elements cycle in terrestrial ecosystems?
Spohn, M., Sierra, C. A. (2018) Biogeochemistry. 139, 69-83. doi:10.1007/s10533-018-0452-z.

Strong sesquiterpene emissions from Amazonian soils
Bourtsoukidis, E., Behrendt, T., Yanez-Serrano, A. M., Hellen, H., Diamantopoulos, E., Catao, E., Ashworth, K., Pozzer, A., Quesada, C. A., Martins, D. L., Sa, M., Araujo, A., Brito, J., Artaxo, P., Kesselmeier, J., Lelieveld, J., Williams, J. (2018) Nature Communications. 9, 2226. doi:10.1038/s41467-018-04658-y.

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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

September 12, 2018

Max Planck Day - Pub Quiz
September 14, 2018

10th International Conference on Ecological Informatics
September 24 - September 28, 2018

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July 18, 2018
Jeffrey Hawkes
Uppsala University, Sweden

August 12, 2018
July 2nd - August 12th

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