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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

Sippel, S., Reichstein, M., Ma, X., Mahecha, M.D., Lange, H., Flach, M., Frank, D. (2018) Drought, Heat, and the Carbon Cycle: a Review. Current Climate Change Reports (Online First Articles). DOI:10.1007/s40641-018-0103-4

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.

Castro-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.

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.

Nelson, J. A., Carvalhais, N., Migliavacca, M., Reichstein, M., Jung, M. (2018). Water-stress-induced breakdown of carbon–water relations: indicators from diurnal FLUXNET patterns. Biogeosciences, 15(8), 2433-2447. doi:10.5194/bg-15-2433-2018.

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

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

June 13th 2018
Luis Guanter, Helmholtz Centre Potsdam is visiting BGI

June 12th 2018
Markus Reichstein co-organizing the Intersectional CPTS-BMS Symposium - Heidelberg

June 5th 2018
BGI Cross cutting Ecosystem Function~Biodiversity~Traits

9am - 1pm, C1.011

May 31st - June 1st 2018
Marc Bierkens is visiting BGI


May 29th 2018
BGI Cross cutting X-Cutting: Nutrients

Start at 9:30 am in C1

May 15th 2018
BGI Cross cutting Global Signals
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