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Trustee First Training School on Ecosystem Ecology, Vegetation Modelling and Time series Analysis

Venue: University of Milano-BIcocca, Milan
Dates: June 20-24 2017





Workshop on Environmental Informatic Challenges (co-organized)

Venue: Dornburger Castles | 19th-21th June
Co-Convener:Miguel Mahecha,Markus Reichstein
Workshop Programme available here
The current availability of huge databases offers unprecedented opportunities for analyzing and understanding our environment. We are able now to answer questions of great importance for the future of our planet. However, this new possibilities come together with new challenges to solve. At this point, computer science techniques like machine learning algorithms become really valuable. The interdisciplinarity between geosciences and computer sciences needs then for a mutual understanding and comprehension. The overall aim of this workshop is to bring together and stimulate discussions among researchers from various disciplines when dealing with geosciences topics with the help of computer sciences techniques.



FLUXNET Workshop 2017, Berkeley

Venue: Brower Center, Berkeley
Dates: June 7th–8th,2017
Co-Convener:Markus Reichstein




EnMAP Core Scientific Team (ECST) workshop will be held Meeting in Potsdam at GFZ

Venue: GFZ Potsdam
Dates: May 17th-18th, 2017




FLUXCOM Workshop 2017

Venue: Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena, Germany | May 16th–18th,2017
Convener:Martin Jung
The FLUXCOM initiative (www.fluxcom.org) has produced a large ensemble of (new) FLUXNET derived global products of carbon and energy fluxes. As these data products are opening up for the scientific community, we will organize a workshop to bring together the „producers” and the potential „users“ of the data products.
The workshop will focus on the potential applications related to model evaluation, informing inversion approaches, corroborating with new remote sensing data streams, synthesizing budgets, solving puzzles, etc. In particular, the workshop will deal with four broad themes:
1.FLUXCOM - what's behind.
2.Evaluations and cross-consistency checks of the global products.
3.Applications.
4.Future avenues.




BG1.5/CL2.33 Climate extremes, biosphere and society: impacts and feedbacks (co-organized)

Venue: European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2017 | Vienna | 23–28 April 2017
Convener: Markus Reichstein
Co-convener:Dorothea Frank
This session explores the linkages between climate extremes, biosphere and societal dynamics. I.e. emphasis is laid on 1) what impacts are caused by climate extremes on various aspects of the biosphere (incl. e.g. productivity, biogeochemical cycling, biodiversity) and society (e.g. political, economic aspects), and 2) which feedbacks exist amplifying or moderating the intensity, duration or extent of climate extremes. Empirical, theoretical and modelling studies from local to global scale are all highly welcome.

BG2.21 Plant traits and biogeochemical cycles

Venue: European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2017 | Vienna | 23–28 April 2017
Co-convener: Markus Reichstein,Sönke Zaehle
Plant traits extend the range of earth observations to the level of individual organisms, providing a link to ecosystem function and modeling in the context of rapid global changes. However, overcoming the differences in temporal and spatial scales between plant trait data and biogeochemical cycles remains a challenge. This session will address the role of plant species, biodiversity and adaptation / acclimation in the biogeochemical cycles of water, carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus. We welcome conceptual, observational, experimental and modeling approaches, and studies from the local to the global scale, including e.g. remote sensing observations.

IE4.4/CL2.30 Representing climate risk to non-scientists (co-organized)

Venue: European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2017 | Vienna | 23–28 April 2017
Co-convener: Markus Reichstein
Our session aims to assess how to effectively communicate climate risks in order to successfully engage beyond national policymakers. We also strive to evaluate how other sectors successfully communicate risk relevant to user needs. Abstracts are invited from authors who address the theory and practice of risk assessment and risk management related to climate change and climate mitigation, and/or risk of natural hazards.

IE3.1/BG9.58 Information extraction from satellite Earth observations using data-driven methods (co-organized)

Venue: European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2017 | Vienna | 23–28 April 2017
Co-convener: Miguel Mahecha
As we progress through an exponential increase in satellite data availability, this session aims to bring researchers together to discuss the current state in big data and machine learning applications to Earth sciences and remote sensing. We aim to both (a) discuss current efforts, and (b) identify common challenges for the future. We encourage authors to submit presentations on: machine learning applied to geosciences and remote sensing, data-driven methods to analyse spatiotemporal dynamics and causal relationships in Earth observations, enlightening opinions about interface between mathematics and climate science.

SSS6.6/BG9.53 Carbon-nutrient cycle interactions in soil (co-organized)

Venue: European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2017 | Vienna | 23–28 April 2017
Convener:Thomas Wutzler
Co-convener: Marion Schrumpf
Elemental cycles of carbon, nitrogen, phosphorous, and other nutrients are intimately linked by soil organic matter (SOM) and the narrow stoichiometric flexibility of decomposers. Current environmental changes, such as increasing atmospheric CO2 concentrations, nitrogen (N) deposition, and land management affect elemental ratios and amount of matter inputs along with the decomposer community. Hence, in order to understand the important consequences for soil carbon (C) storage and nutrient cycling, a better understanding of C-nutrient cycle interactions in soil systems is required. The understanding of those interactions is challenged by complex relations among biological and abiotic drivers including microbial ecophysiology, resource-use efficiency, enzymatic reactions, and stoichiometric constraints, and it is also challenged by the need to integrate processes at several scales. This session welcomes presentations addressing these interactions and challenges. It welcomes insights from experimental lab and field works, as well as theoretical and applied modelling perspectives.

HS1.14/CL2.16 Hydroclimatology: joint synthesis of hydro-eco-meteorological data (co-organized)

Venue: European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2017 | Vienna | 23–28 April 2017
Co-convener:Sujan Koirala
The steadily growing observational archives with a diverse data ranging from point-scale in-situ observations to regional-to-global remote sensing products have a potential to provide an unprecedented view of the underlying physical processes at many spatial and temporal scales. The true worth of these data archives will, however, only come forth when they are meaningfully applied to test and address practical and scientific research questions.
Therefore, this session invites contributions encompassing:

  • Theory advancing hydroclimatological analysis,
  • Data-Driven Approaches,
  • Model-data integration


CAB-LAB Workshop Using the Earth System Data Cube: Status and Future

Venue: ESRIN Frascati | 12th April 2017
Convener: Miguel Mahecha
ESA STSE Coupled Atmosphere Biosphere Virtual Laboratory (CAB-LAB) Project Introducing the Earth System Data Cube and demonstrating its usage

B52D: Vegetation Canopies: Observations and Theory of Physiology, Structure, and Function

Venue: AGU FALL MEETING San Francisco
Dates: 12 - 16 December 2016
Co-Convener: Sönke Zaehle
In this session we will explore the relative roles of leaf physiology, phenology, microclimate and canopy structure in determining ecosystem states, traits and rates. We are particularly interested in studies that use novel observational and theoretical approaches to examine changes in canopy form and function, particularly those that bridge traditional boundaries with new theory, observations and models across scales. We encourage submissions of studies merging field and experimental observations, with both near-surface and remote sensing techniques.

International workshop on the design of an ecological observatory system for Colombia

Venue: Medellín, Colombia
Dates: 21–25 November 2016
Co-Convener: Miguel Mahecha
During a 5-day workshop in Medellín, Colombia, project participants will meet to identify data streams, computer models, and other resources necessary for the implementation of an ecological observatory system that facilitates scientific research. One key objective would be to quantify essential climate variables ECVs and essential biodiversity variables EBVs. In addition, other components of ecosystem functioning such as land-atmosphere interactions will be addressed within the context of the observatory network. We expect at the end of the workshop to have not only the list of the main data and computation resources, but also a long-term plan for funding and implementation of the observaroty system.

Dynamics of natural (eco)systems: theory and applications

Venue: MPI Biogeochemistry, Jena, Germany
Dates: Mon, Sep 26th to Fr, Sep 30th 2016
Organizers: organized by the Michael Center Jena for Data-Driven & Simulation Science, FSU Jena and MPI-BGC (Miguel Mahecha,Markus Reichstein, Carlos Sierra )
For further details, please download here the Flyer

Nutrient limitation on land: how accurate are our global land models

Venue: North-west Agriculture and Forest University, Yangling, Shaanxi, China
Dates: June 15th to 17th 2016
Co-organizer: Sönke Zähle

BACI Progress and review meeting

Venue: MPI Biogeochemistry, Jena, Germany
Dates: June 6th to 9th 2016
Organizers: Miguel Mahecha, Rocio Perez


BG1.6 Climate extremes, ecosystems and dynamic landscapes controlling biogeochemical cycles

Venue: Vienna, European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2016
Dates: April 18th 2016
Convener: Markus Reichstein
The response of ecosystems to climate variability and extremes is one of the great uncertainties in predicting future Earth system dynamics. Decades of research have identified many cornerstones of a complex feedback loop between climate, atmosphere and vegetation. This session will describe responses of biogeochemical cycles at ecosystem and landscape scale to climate extremes and variability, and identify related feedback mechanisms from the biosphere to the climate system. We welcome conceptual, observational, experimental and modeling approaches, and studies from the local to the global scale.

BG2.8 Developments in terrestrial biogeochemical models using model-data integration

Venue: Vienna, European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2016
Dates: April 20th 2016
Convener: Nuno Carvalhais
To understand and appropriately describe the biosphere-atmosphere exchanges of water, energy, carbon and other elements is fundamental in diagnosing and forecasting future Earth system states and dynamics. The uncertainties underlying processes are still very significant, as is demonstrated e.g. by the poor ability of Earth system models to describe terrestrial ecosystem dynamics at multiple temporal and spatial scales. With this session we aim at bringing together contributions that focus on integrating models and multiple sources of observations, ranging from in-situ to satellite measurements, to advance our understanding of terrestrial ecosystem functioning from the local to the global scale.

BG2.16 Plant traits and biogeochemical cycles

Venue: Vienna, European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2016
Dates: April 20th 2016
Co-convener: Markus Reichstein, Sönke Zähle
Plant traits extend the range of earth observations to the level of individual organisms, providing a link to ecosystem function and modeling in the context of rapid global changes. However, overcoming the differences in temporal and spatial scales between plant trait data and biogeochemical cycles remains a challenge. This session will address the role of plant species, biodiversity and adaptation / acclimation in the biogeochemical cycles of water, carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus.

BG4.9 Mapping, Monitoring & Modelling of Vegetation Characteristics using Earth Observation

Venue: Vienna, European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2016
Dates: April 22th 2016
Co-convener: Nuno Carvalhais
Remote sensing, be it in the form of satellite imagery or aerial photography from manned aircrafts or UAVs, has proven its potential as a unique tool for retrieving vegetation properties at the local, the regional and global scales. Over the last decades, a substantial amount of work has been allocated to the retrieval of vegetation characteristics. ...However, the use of remote sensing for mapping, monitoring or modelling vegetation characteristics is clearly not problem-free: quite the contrary. Within this context, we welcome studies that present novel approaches of mapping, monitoring and modelling vegetation characteristics. We endeavour this session to provide the platform for the analysis of the benefits as well as the pitfalls of using aerial photography, UAVs, LiDAR, Radar, hyperspectral or multi-spectral satellite data in this field.

Cross community workshop E3S Extreme Events and Environments from climate to Society

Venue:Harnack-Haus Tagungsstätte der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Berlin, Germany
Dates: February 14th to 16th 2016
Organizers: Markus Reichstein, Dorothea Frank
The topic Extreme Events and Environments (http://www.e3s-future-earth.eu) has been identified as one of nine important cross-cutting initiatives within Future Earth. The goal of this cross-community/co-design workshop is to identify and elaborate the scientific questions and associated research agendas which are scientifically challenging and of high societal relevance, in line with the goals of Future Earth.


3rd Carbon from Space Workshop (ESA)
Reconciling the land, ocean and atmosphere components of the Carbon Cycle

Venue: University of Exeter, UK
Dates: 26-28 January 2016
Organizer session 3: Markus Reichstein


B032: Ecosystem Experiment and Model Synthesis: Uncertainty Reduction in Understanding Terrestrial Biosphere Feedback with Atmospheric and Climatic Change

Venue: AGU FALL MEETING San Francisco
Dates: 14 - 18 December 2015
Co-Convener: Sönke Zaehle
Feedbacks between terrestrial ecosystems, atmospheric CO2, and climate remain a huge uncertainty in Earth-System modelling. This session will define a roadmap of process level understanding necessary to both improve models and define questions for experiments in order to further our predictive understanding of terrestrial biosphere feedbacks with atmospheric CO2 and climate.

GC027: Emerging perspectives on land in a changing world

Venue: AGU FALL MEETING San Francisco
Dates: 14 - 18 December 2015
Co-Convener: Markus Reichstein
Earth’s land surface embodies the dynamic interplay of the physical, social and economic processes that constitute global change. This session aims to bring together a diverse group of natural and social scientists to explore emerging perspectives on land.


Workshop: Exploring the Earth System Data Cube

Venue: Max-Planck-Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena, Germany
Dates: November 26th and 27th 2015
Organizers: Miguel Mahecha
Exploring trajectories, outliers, extreme events, and causal relations in the emerging multidimensional Earth system data cube. Across Europe (and elsewhere), many projects and scientists are working in parallel on the question of how to tap into the potential of a simultaneous exploration of multiple Earth Observations (EOs). The CAB-LAB project aims to support the exploration of multiple ESA-EOs (together with other relevant data streams) to better characterize the trajectories of land ecosystem changes. The focal topic for this workshop is co-interpreting EOs for their capacity to extract longer-term transformations and represent impacts of extreme anomalies on land ecosystems. This is a pressing scientific challenge, currently being tackled on many fronts. Participants are invited from across this diverse community to explore the issues together..

Meeting Model-Data-Integration within the Michael Stifel Center Jena for Data-Driven and Simulation Science (MSCJ)

Venue: MPI-BGC, Jena
Dates:July 16th 2015, 1pm to 3pm
Organizers: Markus Reichstein


BACI kickoff-meeting

Venue:MPI Biogeochemistry, Jena, Germany
Dates: 19.-21.May 2015
Organizers: Miguel Mahecha, Rocio Perez
Kickoff-meeting for the project "Detecting changes in essential ecosystem and biodiversity properties – towards a Biosphere Atmosphere Change Index: BACI" with a strong invovlement of the user community i.e. an open science day.

E3S Extreme Events and Environments from climate to Society first cross community meeting

Venue:Harnack-Haus Tagungsstätte der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Berlin, Germany
Dates: 17&18.March 2015
Organizers: Markus Reichstein, Dorothea Frank
The objective of this meeting is the social and natural science integration regarding the E3S thematic together with the invited stakeholders in order to make progress on the project´s co-design and stakeholder interactions, and to prepare the larger co-design workshop planned for end of 2015.

Model–data integration for the next generation of forest FACE experiments

Venue: MPI for history and the sciences, Jena, Germany
Dates: 17-19 Novembeer 2014.
Organiser: Sönke Zaehle, Rich Norby (ORNL), Belinda Medlyn (Macquarie University), David Lapola (UNESP, Brazil)
Initiate a long-term collaboration among three, new, independently funded forest FACE experiments. We will identify a set of scientifically interesting cross-site questions, ensure that key measurements needed for model parameterization will be made, and establish a common data format that will facilitate the use of the data in models over many years. The publication describing the findings of the workshop can be found here.

Data Assimilation in Biogeochemical Systems

Venue: ICTP, Trieste, Italy
Dates: 22-27 September 2014.
The Autumn School will support the training of young scientists building the next generation’s researcher in the growing field of data assimilation in biogeochemical cycle science. It will be organised as a 6-day long school with two 1.5 hours blocks of lectures in the morning and two 1.5 hours blocks of exercises in the afternoon. Topics to be covered include biogeochemical cycles in the Earth System, modelling of dynamical systems, data assimilation methods and its application in biogeochemical modelling. Students have the opportunity to present their work during a poster session. The school is mainly oriented at Early Career Scientists (i.e. experienced PhD students and young scientist within their first PostDoc) with a maximum of 40 participants.

Terrabites Training School on Land Biosphere Modeling

Venue: INRA, Avignon, France
Dates: 29-31 January 2014.
The Training Schools attempts to introduce into the overall concepts and components of several different global vegetation models (CLM, LPJ, JSBACH, JULES, ORCHIDEE) in parallel. The presentation of the models will proceed process-wise, so that similarities and dissimilarities of the different approaches and model formulations get apparent and can be discussed. Accordingly, the Training School not only addresses junior scientists in the field, but also experienced senior scientists interested in a comparative view on land biosphere modeling.

Greencycles II Training Workshop IV Nitrogen in the Earth System

Venue: MPI Biogeochemistry (Jena, Germany)
Dates: 25-28 February 2013.
The training workshop IV within the Greencycles II Marie-Curie Initial Training Network is addressed to PhD-students working on nitrogen cycle aspects (or generally in the field of biogeochemistry and climate) both from an experiments and modelling perspective.

The ESF Exploratory Workshop Towards A Global Synthesis Of Methane Fluxes From Land Ecosystems
took place 10-12 April 2012 in Hamburg (Germany)



Greencycles II Training Workshop II Benchmarking and Data Assimilation
took place in September 2011 at the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena



The workshop on NOVEL DATA MINING STRATEGIES FOR EXPLORING BIOGEOCHEMICAL CYCLES AND BIOSPHERE-ATMOSPHERE INTERACTIONS
took place in June, 2009 at the MPI Jena, Germany.



The workshop on Model Data Integration for Soil Carbon Dynamics brought together models and data, modelers and experimentalists in order to put forward new modeling approaches.
It took place in October, 2007 at Jena, Germany.



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