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PAGES Agadir 2021 6th Open Science Meeting & 4th Young Scientists Meeting "Learning from the past for a sustainable future"

Venue: Agadir, Morocco
Dates: May 18th to 22nd 2021
Co-Organizers: Markus Reichstein
Societal risk arising from global change: Past, present, future



Present and future global vegetation dynamics and carbon stocks from observations and models

(Co-)Convener:Ana Bastos
The terrestrial vegetation carbon balance is controlled not just by photosynthesis, but by respiration, carbon allocation, turnover (comprising litterfall, background mortality and disturbances) and wider vegetation dynamics. Observed, and likely future, changes in vegetation structure and functioning are the result of interactions of these processes with atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration, climate and human activities. The quantification and assessment of such changes has proven extremely challenging because of a lack of observations at large scales and over the long time periods required to evaluate trends.
We welcome contributions that make use of observational approaches, vegetation models, or model-data integration techniques to advance understanding of the effects of environmental change on vegetation dynamics, tree mortality and carbon stocks and fluxes at local, regional or global scales and/or at long time scales.


Climate extremes, biosphere and society: impacts, cascades, feedbacks, and resilience

(Co-)Convener: Markus Reichstein; Dorothea Frank
Extreme climate and weather events, associated disasters and emergent risks are becoming increasingly critical in the context of global environmental change and interact with other stressors. They are a potential major threat to reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and one of the most pressing challenges for future human well-being.
This session explores the linkages between extreme climate and weather events, associated disasters, societal dynamics and resilience.
Emphasis is laid on 1) Which impacts are caused by extreme climate events (including risks emerging from compound events) and cascades of impacts on various aspects of ecosystems and societies? 2) Which feedbacks across ecosystems, infrastructures and societies exist? 3) What are key obstacles towards societal resilience and reaching the SDGs, while facing climate extremes? 4) What can we learn from past experiences? 5) What local to global governance arrangements best support equitable and sustainable risk reduction?
We welcome empirical, theoretical and modelling studies from local to global scale from the fields of natural sciences, social sciences, humanities and related disciplines.


BG3 Vegetation function responses to global change: across observations, experiments, and models

(Co-)Convener: Richard Nair
The need to predict ecosystem responses to anthropogenic change, including but not limited to changes in climate and increased atmospheric CO2 concentrations, is more pressing than ever. Global change is inherently multi-factorial and as the terrestrial biosphere moves into states without a present climate analogue, mechanistic understanding of ecosystem processes and their linkages with vegetation diversity and ecosystem function is vital to enable predictive capacity in our forecast tools.
This session aims to bring together scientists interested in advancing our fundamental understanding of vegetation and whole-ecosystem processes. We are interested in contributions focused on advancing process- and hypothesis-driven understanding of plant ecophysiology, biodiversity and ecosystem function. We welcome studies on a range of scales from greenhouse and mesocosm experiments to large field manipulative experiments, remote sensing studies and process-based modelling. We encourage contributions of novel ideas and hypotheses in particular those from early stage researchers and hope the session can create an environment where such ideas can be discussed freely.

Emerging constraints of photosynthesis (including chlorophyll fluorescence), respiration, and transpiration at ecosystem to global scales

(Co-)Convener: Mirco Migliavacca, Markus Reichstein
During the last decade, technological developments in field spectroscopy, including remote and proximal sensing of sun-induced fluorescence, as well as in isotope flux measurements and quantum cascade lasers have enabled alternative approaches for constraining ecosystem-scale photosynthesis, respiration and transpiration. On the other hand a variety of approaches have been developed to directly assess the gross fluxes of CO2 and transpiration by using both process based and empirical models, and machine learning techniques.
In this session, we aim at reviewing recent progress made with novel approaches of constraining ecosystem gross photosynthesis, respiration and transpiration and at discussing their weaknesses and future steps required to reduce the uncertainty of present-day estimates. To this end we are seeking contributions that use emerging constrains to improve the ability to quantify respiration and photosynthesis processes, transpiration and water use efficiency, at scales from leaf to ecosystem and global. Particularly welcome are studies reporting advancements and new developments in CO2 and evapotranspiration flux partitioning from eddy covariance data, the use of carbonyl sulfide, stable isotopes approaches, and sun-induced fluorescence.


Climate change in the Mediterranean region: understanding the processes, assessing the impacts and designing adaptation

(Co-)Convener:Ana Bastos
Adapting to climate change in the Mediterranean region represents a critical socio-economic and environmental challenge. Different levels of exposure and vulnerability as well as different projected changes characterize the Mediterranean region. Understanding the past, characterizing the present and modelling the future are therefore essential steps to estimate the risks, assess the impacts of climate change, and identify potential adaptation and mitigation strategies. This multidisciplinary MedCLIVAR session encourages contributions from a broad range of disciplines and topics, e.g. dealing with: dynamics and processes of the climate system; sectorial impacts of climate change; climate change adaptation and mitigation; innovative methods and approaches in climate science. The session focuses on all time scales from paleoclimate to future model projections as well as on all relevant socio-economic sectors.


BG Global Earth observation for improved understanding of terrestrial ecosystem dynamics

(Co-)Convener:Nuno Carvalhais
Monitoring and modeling of vegetation and ecosystem dynamics is fundamental in diagnosing and forecasting Earth system states and feedbacks. However, the underlying ecosystem processes are still relatively poorly described by Earth system models. Confronting terrestrial biogeochemical models at multiple temporal and spatial scales with an ever-increasing amount and diversity of Earth observation data is therefore needed.
To this end, the rapidly growing amount of satellite data has fostered the development of novel global Earth observation products of vegetation and ecosystem properties (such as new high-resolution products, multi-sensor climate data records, sun-induced fluorescence SIF, microwave vegetation optical depth VOD, biomass, spectral plant traits, fuel moisture content), which complement more traditional products like NDVI, LAI or fAPAR.

Data Challenges in Machine Learning for Hydrometeorological Modeling

(Co-)Convener:Sungmin O, Rene Orth
This session seeks contributions which highlight and address current challenges related to training datasets, both in terms of quantity and quality, to facilitate the use of machine learning in hydrometeorology. We welcome contributions including, but not limited to, the following topics:
1) New and existing publicly-available datasets that enable modeling, including unconventional sources such as crowd-sourcing or social media data.
2) Best practices for collecting, pre-processing/gap-filling, labeling, and structuring data.
3) Input variable (feature) selection and importance.
4) The role of training data quality, quantity, and diversity in data-driven modeling.
5) Adequate handling of data and their uncertainty for data-driven modeling; quantifying or reducing data uncertainties or confounding factors.
6) Other issues & limitations related to training data in hydrometeorological data-driven applications.



B045 - Advances in understanding water-carbon interactions

(Co-)Convener:Ana Bastos, Markus Reichstein
Venue: AGU Fall Meeting online
Date: 1-17 December 2020

A wide range of processes influence the response of terrestrial carbon fluxes (NEE, GPP, TER, fires, lateral export) to changes in land and atmospheric moisture availability. Of equal importance is the role of the vegetation and soils in regulating land-atmosphere moisture fluxes (precipitation, ET), which in turn feeds back to the water cycle and the climate system.
This session encourages contributions exploring carbon-water interactions at various spatial and temporal scales, covering all types of biomes (boreal, temperate and tropical forests, grasslands, wetlands). Contributions might include for example 1) investigating the effect of nonlinearities in the response of ecosystems to weather and climate, 2) disentangling the impact of co-varying, drought-driven changes in soil moisture, vapour pressure deficit, or temperature, 3) using in-situ or satellite observations to evaluate or improve models, 4) developing new representations of plant and ecosystem response to stress (e.g. through plant hydraulics, optimality approaches, etc.).




Past events



ITS3.2/NH10.7 Climate Extremes, Tipping Dynamics, and Earth Resilience in the Anthropocene

Venue: session is scheduled for a live chat on Wed, 06 May, 14:00–18:00; for details of the session programme please see: https://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU2020/session/35741
Date: Wed, 06 May2020 14:00–18:00 hrs
Convener: Markus Reichstein ; Co-convener: Dorothea Frank
Extreme climate and weather events, associated disasters and emergent risks are becoming increasingly critical in the context of global environmental change. They are a potential major threat to reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and one of the most pressing challenges for future human well-being. Climate change is projected to result in an increase in extreme climate and weather events, which pose a growing threat to human well-being and the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Further warming is also projected to reduce the efficacy of carbon sinks acting as negative feedbacks on warming and increase the risk of crossing tipping points and triggering cascading changes in the climate and ecosystems. These processes may reduce the Earth system’s resilience, which has the potential to further amplify climate change and extremes and worsen societal impacts.
Maintaining Earth in the Holocene-like conditions that have enabled the development of the world’s societies will require better understanding of feedbacks and tipping dynamics in both the human world and the biophysical Earth. Societies will need to embark on rapid socio-economic and governance transformations in order to both reduce the risk of triggering tipping points and to improve societal resilience to increasingly likely extreme events. Earth resilience brings the complex dynamics and perturbations associated with human activities into Earth system analysis, and increasingly captures socio-economic as well as biophysical dynamics.
In this session we welcome transdisciplinary and cross-scale contributions relating to climate extremes, tipping dynamics, and Earth resilience, covering topics ranging from the cascading impacts of extreme events, key feedbacks and tipping points in both biophysical and human systems, enhancing societal resilience to extreme events, and the potential for rapid social transformations to global sustainability.


BG3.33 Emerging constraints of photosynthesis (including chlorophyll fluorescence), respiration, and transpiration at ecosystem to global scales

Venue: Vienna, Austria
Date: May 3rd to 8 th 2020
Convener: Mirco Migliavacca; Co-convener: Markus Reichstein
Gross photosynthetic CO2 uptake is the single largest component of the global carbon cycle and a crucial variable for monitoring and understanding global biogeochemical cycles and fundamental ecosystem services. Nowadays routine measurements of the net biosphere-atmosphere CO2 exchange are conducted at the ecosystem scale in a large variety of ecosystem types across the globe. Gross photosynthetic and ecosystem respiratory fluxes are then typically inferred from the net CO2 exchange and used for benchmarking of terrestrial biosphere models or as backbones for upscaling exercises. Uncertainty in the responses of photosynthesis and respiration to the climate and environmental conditions is a major source of uncertainty in predictions of ecosystem-atmosphere feedbacks under climate change. On the other hand transpiration estimates both at ecosystem to global scales are highly uncertain with estimates ranging from 20 to 90 % of total evapotranspiration. The most important bottleneck to narrow down the uncertainty in transpiration estimates is the fact that direct measurements of transpiration are uncertain and techniques like eddy covariance measure only the total evapotranspiration.
In this session we aim at reviewing recent progress made with novel approaches of constraining ecosystem gross photosynthesis, respiration and transpiration and at discussing their weaknesses and future steps required to reduce the uncertainty of present-day estimates. To this end we are seeking contributions that use emerging constrains to improve the ability to quantify respiration and photosynthesis processes, transpiration and water use efficiency, at scales from leaf to ecosystem and global. Particularly welcome are studies reporting advancements and new developments in CO2 and evapotranspiration flux partitioning from eddy covariance data, the use of carbonyl sulfide, stable isotopes approaches, and sun-induced fluorescence.



EGU Splinter-Meeting (SMI10) Emergent Risks and Extreme Events (Risk KAN)

Venue: (SMI10) Room 0.51, EGU Vienna, Austria
Date: May 8th 2020, 8:30-10:15, 10:45-12:30
Cancelled due to cancellation of physical EGU 2020 meeting
Convener: Markus Reichstein; Co-convener: Dorothea Frank
This splinter meeting is organized by and contributing to the Knowledge Action Network Emergent Risks and Extreme Events (Risk KAN) . The goal is to find links between the Risk KAN and related activities of organizations and individuals. To this end we plan on targeted contributions and follow up discussions on joint activities, in particular also in the context of the Working Groups in the Risk KAN.
The Risk KAN provides an open platform for scientific communities from across science disciplines and engineering working on extreme events, disaster risk reduction and governance to exchange information, knowledge and data and engage in collaborative research activities, as a joint initiative of the Future Earth, IRDR and WCRP programs.
Agenda (to be refined):
8:30-10:15 Presentations of activities including envisioned links to Risk-KAN
10:45-12:30 Informal topical group discussions (funding, publications, events, projects)
19.00 - Dinner



TH53A - Future Earth Knowledge-Action-Network on Extreme Events and Emergent Risks: Risk-KAN

Venue: AGU Fall Meeting, San Fransisco, USA
Date: December 13 th 2019
Co-convener:Markus Reichstein
The Town Hall aims to start the Global initiatives to seek collaboration and participation at large for building The Knowledge Action Network on Emergent Risks and Extreme Events, problem identifications in management of risks and extreme events in coastal,marine and Estuarine disasters, Sea level changes, tsunami risk and rehabilitation, Ocean and Marine governance, early warning etc. to investigate problems related to social-economic and ecological risks, management issues resulting from the marine and Coastal disasters, tsunami and Geo- disaster, recent Hurricanes and cyclones, to aid mitigation planning in affected areas and to educate scientists and local populations to form a basis for sustainable solutions. It aims to assess the potential risk and hazard, social, economic and technical issues, problems and damage arising from coastal and estuarine disasters in the different part of the globe in agriculture, aquaculture, irrigation, drinking water, coastal infrastructure, coastal ecosystems and coastal economic systems using disaster mapping ,GIS and GPS applications.


Extreme Events: Building Climate Resilient Societies

Venue: Herrenhausen Palace, Hanover, Germany
Date: October 9thto 11th 2019
Co-convener:Markus Reichstein
Extreme climate events, such as heatwaves, drought and storms, have been identified as a top threat to human well-being by the United Nations and independent bodies, such as the World Economic Forum. At the same time, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have been globally agreed on as a key target with a timeline until 2030 (Agenda 2030).
Development and transformation for achieving the SDGs can be severely threatened by catastrophic events triggered by climate extremes. Yet, at the same time development towards reaching the SDGs may enhance societal resilience against such extremes. There is an urgent need to discuss strategies to reach the Sustainable Development Goals and societal resilience, specifically considering changes of climate extremes which are likely to happen according to repeated reports by the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
Thus, the overall objective of the conference is to elucidate the relations between climate extremes, societal resilience, and sustainable development goals. In particular, with a global perspective, we will identify the major obstacles for building climate resilience across regions and sectors, and identify priorities and means to address these obstacles. We aim to develop both strategic agendas for research and for best-practice design and implementation.
Researchers and professionals from business and administration with a link to climate extremes from all fields (e.g. history, climate science, data science, economics, ecology, health, mathematics, psychology, sociology, risk assessment, political sciences) are welcome to attend the conference. Correspondingly, we have confirmed attendance from international players as key note speakers and session chairs, covering a broad range from academic sociology to insurance industry.



Working Group Societal resilience and climate extremes 3rd Working Group meeting

Venue: MPI-BGC Jena, Germany
Dates: June 13th and 14th 2019
Organizers: Markus Reichstein, Dorothea Frank
Climate extremes are one of the major future threats to society, as recognized by several international bodies. Yet, it is difficult to conceive the question: “Which instabilities, tipping points and risk cascades are most likely emerging from the interaction of future climate extremes with ecological and societal systems?”.


BG2.15 Terrestrial ecosystem responses to global change: integrating experiments and models to understand carbon, nutrient, and water cycling

Venue: European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2019 | Vienna | 7–12 April 2019
Co-conveners: Sönke Zaehle
Human activities are altering a range of environmental conditions, including atmospheric CO2 concentration, climate, and nutrient inputs. However, understanding and predicting their combined effect on ecosystem structure and functioning and biogeochemical cycles is challenging. Divergent future projections of terrestrial ecosystem models reflect open questions about fundamental processes and missing observational constraints. Models are routinely tested and calibrated against data from ecosystem flux measurements, remote sensing, atmospheric inversions and ecosystem inventories. While these constrain the current mean state of the terrestrial biosphere, they provide limited information on the sensitivity of ecophysiological, biogeochemical, and hydrological processes to environmental changes. Observational and ecosystem manipulation studies (e.g., Free-Air Carbon Dioxide Enrichment (FACE), nutrient addition or warming experiments) can provide unique insights and inform model development and evaluation.
This session focuses on how ecosystem processes respond to changes in CO2 concentration, atmospheric conditions, water and nutrient availability. It aims at fostering the interaction between experimental and modelling communities by advancing the use of observational and experimental data for model evaluation and calibration. We encourage contributions from syntheses of multiple experiments, model intercomparisons and evaluations against ecosystem manipulation experiments, pre-experimental modelling, or the use of observations from "natural experiments". Contributions may span a range of scales and scopes, including plant ecophysiology, soil organic matter dynamics, soil microbial activity, nutrient cycling, plant-soil interactions, or ecosystem dynamics.

BG2.48 Global Earth observation for improved understanding of terrestrial ecosystem dynamics

Venue: European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2019 | Vienna | 7–12 April 2019
Co-conveners: Nuno Carvalhais
Monitoring and modeling of vegetation and ecosystem dynamics is fundamental in diagnosing and forecasting Earth system states and feedbacks. However, the underlying ecosystem processes are still relatively poorly described by Earth system models. Confronting terrestrial biogeochemical models at multiple temporal and spatial scales with an ever-increasing amount and diversity of Earth observation data is therefore needed.
To this end, the rapidly growing amount of satellite data has fostered the development of novel global satellite products of vegetation and ecosystem properties (such as fluorescence, microwave vegetation optical depth, biomass, multi-sensor climate data records, new high resolution products), which complement more traditional products, like NDVI, LAI or fAPAR. In this session, we present the most recent advances in:
(1) the production of global land surface biophysical and biochemical variables from satellite observations;
(2) assessment of plausibility, validation and intercomparisons of these products;
(3) their use in studying global ecosystem dynamics related to, e.g., climate variability and change;
(4) benchmarking and improvement of global vegetation models through statistical analysis and model-data integration techniques.
The latter may consider methodological foci or include applications related to the monitoring and modeling of terrestrial vegetation and ecosystem dynamics for timescales from days to decades, also including multiple data streams.

BG2.9/HS11.46 Forest carbon and water dynamics, and its feedbacks to climate under global environmental change (co-organized)

Venue: European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2019 | Vienna | 7–12 April 2019
Co-conveners: Yunpeng Luo, Catarina Moura, René Orth
Forests play a major role in regulating global carbon and water cycling, and land-atmosphere interactions. Global environmental change such as CO2 fertilization, drought, warming, precipitation variability, nitrogen deposition, and disturbances can have a large influence on forest vegetation and soils and thus on energy and carbon and water fluxes across spatial and temporal scales. As global change is expected to accelerate in the future, vegetation is likely to be affected by large-scale tree mortality, vegetation phenology, changes in forest cover and shifts in species composition. In addition, changes in soil stoichiometry and further changes in metabolic activity of influenced microbial community would possibly exert strong feedback on forest vegetation. This session focuses on novel insights on patterns, drivers and mechanisms governing forest carbon and water dynamics. We welcome submissions on dynamics of forest vegetation and soil microbial activities, and their impact on carbon and water fluxes, which conducted through observational, experimental and modeling approaches at local, regional or global spatial scales.

BG2.12 Constraining present and future global vegetation dynamics and carbon stocks

Venue: European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2019 | Vienna | 7–12 April 2019
Co-conveners: Yunpeng Luo, Catarina Moura, René Orth
The terrestrial vegetation carbon balance is controlled not just by photosynthesis, but by respiration, carbon allocation, turnover (comprising litterfall, background mortality and disturbances) and wider vegetation dynamics. However, these processes have proved extremely challenging to observe and quantify at large scales and over long time periods. Existing large-scale empirical products of vegetation carbon fluxes and stocks have large uncertainties and/or data gaps. Furthermore, the observed changes in vegetation properties are often the result of a number of interacting processes and can be driven by changes in CO2, climate, natural disturbances or human activities. Thus, our current understanding of the environmental controls on vegetation dynamics and properties, and in turn their impact on carbon stocks in biomass and soils, is limited and the behaviour of large-scale vegetation models remains underconstrained. This gives rise to high uncertainty as to whether terrestrial vegetation will continue to act as a carbon sink under future environmental changes, or whether increases in autotrophic respiration or carbon turnover, e.g. through accelerated background tree mortality or by more frequent and more severe disturbance events (e.g. drought, fire, insect epidemics), will counteract this negative feedback to climate change. We welcome contributions that make use of observational approaches, vegetation models, or model-data integration techniques to advance understanding of the effects of environmental change on vegetation dynamics and carbon stocks and fluxes at local, regional or global scales and/or at long time scales.
Keynote: Prof Shaun Quegan, University of Sheffield.

SC1.15/BG1.72 Analysing Eddy-Covariance data using REddyProc (co-organized)

Venue: European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2019 | Vienna | 7–12 April 2019
Convener: Thomas Wutzler
Co-conveners: Mirco Migliavacca, Markus Reichstein
With the eddy covariance (EC) technique, net fluxes of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other trace gases as well as water and energy fluxes can be measured at the ecosystem level. These flux measurements are a main source for understanding biosphere-atmosphere interactions and feedbacks by cross-site analysis, model-data integration, and up-scaling. However, analysis of the the half-hourly data requires intensive post-processing. The attendees get teaching and hands-on training in standard post-processing routines of estimating the u*-threshold, gap-filling, flux-partitioning, aggregating results to days, seasons, and years, and error propagation using the open REddyProc R package with a focus on CO2 fluxes.


Final BACI science day at BGI

Venue: BGI, Jena, Germany
Date: March 27th 2019 (9 to open end)
Convener: Miguel Mahecha
Co-convener: Talie Musavi
Preliminary topics include:
•Progress on remote sensing data
•Interpreting in-situ data with information from space
•Upscaling - the art of making new data products!
•Indicators of anomalies and change
•Socioeconomic impacts on the land
•Biodiversity change assessment

Detailed Agenda


Workshop Progress on Biosphere-Atmosphere-Change indices (supported by iLEAPS and BACI) A data-driven index for tracing the interactions of biosphere-atmosphere and society

Venue: Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry (MPI-BGC), Jena, Germany
Dates: February 4th& 5th 2019
Organizer: Miguel Mahecha, Markus Reichstein, , Toby Marthews (CEH)
Researchers associated with iLEAPS and the H2020 project BACI are discussing the construction of a data-driven index for tracing the interactions and changes of biosphere, atmosphere and society. The idea is to identify indices that will allow us to show long-term system changes and/or anomalies. We intend to identify a first preliminary result on which method and which approach is suitable for the different research communities.



AGU session IN24A: Climate Informatics: Methods and Applications I

Venue: Washington D.C., USA
Dates: December 11th2018
Co-Organizers: Markus Reichstein
Over the last decades, the magnitude and complexity of climate and biogeochemical data from satellite sensors, stations, and climate models has substantially increased. This is starting to overwhelm the relatively simple tools and methods currently used to analyze the data. On the other hand, recent developments in machine learning have led to powerful new methods which promise to yield novel insights - if they properly cope with the particular challenges of such data. The new field of Climate Informatics could contribute to substantially enhance our understanding of the Earth system and confidence in future climate projections. This session invites contributions of new statistical and machine learning methodology including (but not limited to) causal discovery, deep learning, probabilistic and Bayesian inference, computer vision, and advanced model-data integration applied to Earth system models and observations.



Working Group Societal resilience and climate extremes Rundgespräch (workshop) Climate Resilience

Venue: DFG Geschäftsstelle, Berlin, Germany
Dates: November 15th and 16th 2018
Organizers: Markus Reichstein, Dorothea Frank
Climate extremes are one of the major future threats to society, as recognized by several international bodies. Yet, it is difficult to conceive the question: “Which instabilities, tipping points and risk cascades are most likely emerging from the interaction of future climate extremes with ecological and societal systems?”.
We will discuss questions such as:
• Was sind die größten Herausforderungen, die sich aufgrund von Extremereignissen für den jeweiligen Sektor bzw. Themengebiet stellen? (What are the main challenges that extreme events pose for different sectors?)
•Welches sind die Haupthindernisse für gesellschaftliche Resilienz angesichts von Extremereignissen? (What are the main obstacles to social resilience regarding extreme events?)
and further questions of high relevance in the thematic context from a sectoral perspective.



Workshop Examining Transpiration from Ecosystem to Global Scales (more info can be found here)

Venue: Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena, Germany.
Dates: September 5thto 7th 2018
Organizers: Jacob Nelson
Ecosystem transpiration has become a hot topic lately, with a surge of new methods and datasets coming out, such as data driven partitioning of eddy covariance fluxes and aggregations of site level transpiration estimates (e.g. SAPFLUXNET). New methods have their strengths and weaknesses, but have the potential to advance both the global modeling community on transpiration dynamics as well as focused studies at target ecosystems.
In order to better understand what is now available in the community, what is needed, and what sort of validation is necessary for current and future estimates of transpiration, we would like to propose a workshop which would bring together potential users and producers of transpiration datasets with a focus on high global and/or temporal coverage



Integrating CO2 Fertilization Evidence Streams and Theory: Global Terrestrial Carbon Sink

Venue: Biosphere II, Arizona, USA
Dates: September 18thto 21st 2018
Organizers:Anthony Walker, Rich Norby, Dave Moore, Martin De Kauwe, Belinda Medlyn, Sönke Zaehle, Soumaya Belmecheri, & Ralph Keeling
The meeting will bring together world experts on multiple evidence streams and theory to assess the CO2 fertilization effect on the terrestrial carbon sink. The primary goal of the meeting is to integrate the evidence streams and to resolve conflicts in the interpretation of the evidence streams into a quantitative synthesis of the state of knowledge. The synthesis will take the form of a high-quality review article. A secondary goal is to identify research opportunities and foster collaborations to take advantage of these opportunities.



IE4.5/AS5.14/BG1.22/CL5.26/EMRP4.35/ESSI2.12/GD10.7/GI1.7 Information extraction from satellite observations using data-driven methods (co-organized)

Venue: European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2018 | Vienna | 8 – 13 April 2018
Convener: Miguel Mahecha
The unprecedented volumes of satellite Earth observation data gathered today allow for thorough investigation of the Earth's climate system and its interactions with the biosphere. Several international research initiatives and scientific projects are focused on the application of mathematical and statistical methods to extract insights about the functioning of the hydrosphere, biosphere and atmosphere, from this emerging Earth information data-cube. However, this data-cube is highly dimensional, thus innovative data mining and big data tools are required, and machine-learning methods – such as neural networks, tree ensembles, random forests or Gaussian processes, among others – can offer new means to extract valuable information in a rigorous manner.
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.

IE1.1/BG1.15/NH8.7/NP9.3 Climate extremes, biosphere and society: impacts, remote sensing, and feedbacks (co-organized)

Venue: European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2018 | Vienna | 8 – 13 April 2018
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.

BG2.3 Plant traits and biogeochemical cycles, including optimality, acclimation and adaptation in land ecosystem models (co-organized)

Venue: European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2018 | Vienna | 8 – 13 April 2018
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.

BG2.4 Emerging constraints of photosynthesis and respiration at ecosystem to global scales (co-organized)

Venue: European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2018 | Vienna | 8 – 13 April 2018
Co-convener:Markus Reichstein,Mirco Migliavacca
During the last decade, technological developments in field spectroscopy, isotope flux measurements and quantum cascade lasers have enabled alternative approaches for constraining ecosystem-scale photosynthesis and respiration.
In this session we aim at reviewing recent progress made with novel approaches of constraining ecosystem gross photosynthesis and respiration and at discussing their weaknesses and future steps required to reduce the uncertainty of present-day estimates. To this end we are seeking contributions that use emerging constrains to improve the ability to quantify respiration and photosynthesis processes at scales from leaf to ecosystem and global. Particularly welcome are studies reporting advancements and new developments in CO2 flux partitioning from eddy covariance data, the use of carbonyl sulfide, sun-induced fluorescence and stable isotopes approaches. Modelling studies which enhance our fundamental understanding of ecosystem-atmosphere CO2 exchange at global scale or make use of these emerging new constraints in data assimilation schemes are also welcome.

BG2.14 Terrestrial ecosystem responses to global change: integrating carbon, nutrient, and water cycles in experiments and models(co-organized)

Venue: European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2018 | Vienna | 8 – 13 April 2018
Co-convener:Sönke Zaehle
Human activities are altering a range of environmental conditions, including atmospheric CO2 concentration, temperature, precipitation and nutrient availability. Quantifying and predicting the combined effect of these changes on biogeochemical fluxes is challenging because carbon, nutrient, and water cycles are intricately linked in terrestrial ecosystems. Terrestrial ecosystem models are used for this purpose. These are routinely tested and calibrated against data from ecosystem flux measurements, remote sensing, atmospheric inversions and ecosystem inventories. While these constrain the current mean state of the terrestrial biosphere, they provide limited information on the sensitivity of ecophysiological, biogeochemical, and hydrological processes to environmental changes.
This session focuses on how ecosystem processes respond to changes in CO2 concentration, temperature, water and nutrient availability. It aims at fostering the interaction between experimental and modeling communities by advancing the use of experimental data for model evaluation and calibration. Contributions include both experimental and observational studies, as well as modelling exercises spanning a range of scales and conditions: soil microbial activity, plant ecophysiology, nutrient cycling, and ecosystem level dynamics.


BG4.12/GI2.26 Global Earth observation and in-situ data for improved understanding of terrestrial ecosystem dynamics (co-organized)(co-organized)

Venue: European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2018 | Vienna | 8 – 13 April 2018
Co-convener:Nuno Carvalhais
Monitoring and modeling of vegetation and ecosystem dynamics is fundamental in diagnosing and forecasting Earth system states and feedbacks. However, the underlying ecosystem processes are still relatively poorly described by Earth system models. Confronting terrestrial biogeochemical models at multiple temporal and spatial scales with an ever-increasing amount and diversity of Earth observation data is therefore needed.
In this session, we present the most recent advances in:
(1) the production of global land surface biophysical and biochemical variables from satellite and in-situ observations;
(2) assessment of plausibility, validation and intercomparisons of these products;
(3) their use in studying global ecosystem dynamics related to, e.g., climate variability and change;
(4) developments of terrestrial biogeochemical models to allow for the integration of new observational datasets
(5) benchmarking and improvement of these models through statistical and model-data integration techniques.



Roundtable Societal resilience and climate extremes at 3rd German Future Earth Summit

Venue: Umweltforum Berlin, Germany
Dates: February 9th 2018
Organizers: Markus Reichstein, Dorothea Frank
The topic of extreme events and emergent risks under global environmental change is both scientifically challenging and of high societal relevance. It includes the study of measures for disaster risk reduction and for improving societal resilience. Even if globally averaged surface warming could be limited to "well below 2°C", as demanded by the Paris Agreement, the impacts of climate extremes at multiple temporal and spatial scales and in different regions will pose serious threats to human societies and ecosystems. Improving the societal resilience to enhance successful responses to extreme events will directly address SDGs 2, 3, 6, 9, 13, 14 and 15.
The aim is to identify key actors and questions to mobilize stakeholder attention and scientific interest. The following three groups of questions will serve as starting points to structure the roundtable discussion:
1) What climate extremes pose the greatest risks for social-ecological system and what metrics are most useful risk indicators across time scales?
2) Which procedures and related institutions are currently in place or envisioned in the future to cope with extreme events and existing or potential risk cascades?
3) What blind spots exist? What are missing elements in existing models for an optimized planning, and decision making for improving societal resilience under futures extreme events? Which good practice examples or success factors for improving resilience are known?



Working Group Societal resilience and climate extremes 1st Working Group meeting

Venue: WissenschaftsForum, Berlin, Germany
Dates: January 11th 2018
Organizers: Markus Reichstein, Dorothea Frank
Climate extremes are one of the major future threats to society, as recognized by several international bodies. Yet, it is difficult to conceive the question: “Which instabilities, tipping points and risk cascades are most likely emerging from the interaction of future climate extremes with ecological and societal systems?” Key goal of this working group is to envision how far the German and international scientific community may come in the next 5-10 years to answer the above question.




BACI Progress and review meeting

Venue: MPI Biogeochemistry, Jena, Germany
Dates: November 21th to 23th 2017
Organizers: Miguel Mahecha, Rocio Perez




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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