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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

Knauer, J., Zaehle, S., Medlyn, B. E., Reichstein, M., Williams, C. A., Migliavacca, M., Kauwe, M. G. D., Werner, C., Keitel, C., Kolari, P., Limousin, J.-M., Linderson, M.-L. (2018) Towards physiologically meaningful water-use efficiency estimates from eddy covariance data. Global Change Biology. doi:10.1111/gcb.13893.

Erb, K.-H., Kastner, T., Plutzar, C., Bais, A. L. S., Carvalhais, N., Fetzel, T., Gingrich, S., Haberl, H., Lauk, C., Niedertscheider, M., Pongratz, J., Thurner, M., Luyssaert, S. (2018). Unexpectedly large impact of forest management and grazing on global vegetation biomass. Nature, 553(7686), 73-76. doi:10.1038/nature25138.

Jung, M., Reichstein, M., Schwalm, C.R., Huntingford, C., Sitch, S., Ahlström, A., Arneth, A., Camps-Valls, G., Ciais, P., Friedlingstein, P., Gans, F., Ichii, K., Jain, A.K., Kato, E., Papale, D., Poulter, B., Raduly, B., Rödenbeck, C., Tramontana, G., Viovy, N., Wang, Y.-P., Weber, U., Zaehle, S., Zeng, N. (2017) Compensatory water effects link yearly global land CO2 sink changes to temperature. Nature 541, 516–520. DOI: 10.1038/nature20780

Pacheco-Labrador J., El-Madany T.S., Martín P.M., Migliavacca M., Rossini M., Carrara A. and Zarco-Tejada P.J. (2017) Spatio-Temporal Relationships between Optical Information and Carbon Fluxes in a Mediterranean Tree-Grass Ecosystem. Remote Sens. 2017, 9, 608; doi:10.3390/rs9060608

Sippel, S., Forkel, M., Rammig, A., Thonicke, K., Flach, M., Heimann, M., Otto, F. E. L., Reichstein, M., and Mahecha, M. D. (2017) Contrasting and interacting changes in spring and summer carbon cycle extremes in European ecosystems. Environmental Research Letters, 12(7), 075006. doi:10.1088/1748-9326/aa7398

Wutzler, T., Zaehle, S., Schrumpf, M., Ahrens, B., Reichstein, M. (2017) Adaptation of microbial resource allocation affects modelled long term soil organic matter and nutrient cycling. Soil Biology and Biochemistry. 115, 322-336. doi:10.1016/j.soilbio.2017.08.031.

News and activities

February 27th 2018
BGI Cross cutting on Biogeochemical Effects of Water Cycle
Start at 9:30 AM

February 13th - 14th 2018
Markus Reichstein and Martin Jung at VERIFY meeting (H2020 project Observation-based system for monitoring and verification of greenhouse gases) in Brussels

February 8th - 9th 2018
Markus Reichstein and Dorothea Frank at 3rd German Future Earth Summit organizing Roundtable Societal resilience and climate extremes

February 1st 2018
René Orth starting with his DFG Emmy Noether Group in BGI today

PhD student Jasper Denissen starting today

January 11th 2018
Markus Reichstein, Dorothea Frank and Miguel Mahecha at 1st DKN-Future Earth Working Group meeting Societal resilience and climate extremes, WissenschaftsForum, Berlin
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