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Overview

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

von Buttlar, J., Zscheischler, J., Rammig, A., Sippel, S., Reichstein, M., Knohl, A., Jung, M., Menzer, O., Arain, M. A., Buchmann, N., Cescatti, A., Gianelle, D., Kieley, G., Law, B. E., Magliulo, V., Margolis, H., McCaughey, H., Merbold, L., Migliavacca, M., Montagnani, L., Oechel, W., Pavelka, M., Peichl, M., Rambal, S., Raschi, A., Scott, R. L., Vaccari, F. P., van Gorsel, E., Varlagin, A., Wohlfahrt, G., Mahecha, M. D. (2018). Impacts of droughts and extreme-temperature events on gross primary production and ecosystem respiration: a systematic assessment across ecosystems and climate zones. Biogeosciences, 15(5), 1293-1318. Doi:10.5194/bg-15-1293-2018.



Baldocchi, D., Chu, H., Reichstein, M. (2018). Inter-annual variability of net and gross ecosystem carbon fluxes: A review. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 249, 520-533. doi:10.1016/j.agrformet.2017.05.015.

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

Wäldchen J., Rzanny M., Seeland M., Mäder P. (2018) Automated plant species identification—Trends and future directions. PLoS Comput Biol 14(4): e1005993. DOI:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1005993.



News and activities

April 20th 2018
BGI Cross cutting XTremes (follow up)
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April 17th 2018
BGI Cross cutting Deep Learning

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April 11th 2018
Sönke Zaehle nominated outstanding editor of the year for Biogeosciences

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April 8th - 13th 2018
Numerous sessions at EGU General Assembly 2018 (co-)organized by BGI members

March 20th 2018
BGI Cross cutting Xtremes

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