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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

El-Madany, T., Reichstein, M., Perez-Priego, O., Carrara, A., Moreno, G., Martín, M.P., Pacheco-Labrador, J., Wohlfahrt, G., Nieto, H., Weber, U., Kolle, O., Luo, Y.-P., Carvalhais, N., Migliavacca, M. (2018) Drivers of spatio-temporal variability of carbon dioxide and energy fluxes in a Mediterranean savanna ecosystem. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 262, 258-278. DOI: 10.1016/j.agrformet.2018.07.010

Bodesheim, P., Jung, M., Gans, F., Mahecha, M. D., and Reichstein, M.: Upscaled diurnal cycles of land–atmosphere fluxes: a new global half-hourly data product, Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 10, 1327-1365, DOI: 10.5194/essd-10-1327-2018.

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.

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

Trautmann, T., Koirala, S., Carvalhais, N., Eicker, A., Fink, M., Niemann, C., Jung, M. (2018). Understanding terrestrial water storage variations in northern latitudes across scales. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 22(7), 4061-4082. doi:10.5194/hess-22-4061-2018.

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

August 15th 2018
Prof. Junzhi Liu is visiting BGI
giving a talk at 10 am in C1

August 13th 2018
Rune Christiansen visiting PhD student at BGI

August 10th 2018
News @ Workshop on Examining Transpiration from Ecosystem to Global Scales
(September 5th- 7th)

August 9th 2018
Javier Pacheco-Labrador received the Premio Extraordinario de Doctorado (Award for extraordinary PhD) of the University of Alcalá

August 6th& 7th 2018

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