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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

Li, W., Migliavacca, M., Forkel, M., Walther, S., Reichstein, M., Orth, R. (2021). Revisiting global vegetation controls using multi-layer soil moisture. Geophysical Research Letters, 48(11): e2021GL092856. doi:10.1029/2021GL092856.

Bastos, A., Orth, R., Reichstein, M., Ciais, P., Viovy, N., Zaehle, S., Anthoni, P., Arneth, A., Gentine, P., Joetzjer, E., Lienert, S., Loughran, T., McGuire, P. C., O, S., Pongratz, J., Sitch, S. (2021). Increased vulnerability of European ecosystems to two compound dry and hot summers in 2018 and 2019. Earth System Dynamics Discussions. doi:10.5194/esd-2021-19.
Bogdanovich, E., Perez-Priego, O., El-Madany, T. S., Guderle, M., Pacheco-Labrador, J., Levick, S. R., Moreno, G., Carrara, A., Martín, M. P., Migliavacca, M. (2021). Using terrestrial laser scanning for characterizing tree structural parameters and their changes under different management in a Mediterranean open woodland. Forest Ecology and Management, 486: 118945. doi:10.1016/j.foreco.2021.118945.
Krich, C., Migliavacca, M., Miralles, D. G., Kraemer, G., El-Madany, T. S., Reichstein, M., Runge, J., Mahecha, M. D. (2021). Functional convergence of biosphere-atmosphere interactions in response to meteorological conditions. Biogeosciences, 18(7), 2379-2404. doi:10.5194/bg-18-2379-2021.
Orth, R. (2021). When the land surface shifts gears. AGU Advances, 2(2): e2021AV000414. doi:10.1029/2021AV000414.
Reichstein, M., Riede, F., Frank, D. (2021). More floods, fires and cyclones — plan for domino effects on sustainability goals. Nature, 592, 347-349. doi:10.1038/d41586-021-00927-x.

News and activities

June 15th 2021
2nd EEBIOMASS Workshop on BIOMASS data products & Ecology, Carbon Cycle and Earth System Science, during the DLR Symposium "Neue Perspektiven der Erdbeobachtung". You need to register for the symposium to participate in the workshop.
14:40 - 17:30 CET

June 1st 2021
Gregory Duveiller joins BGI today!

May 20st 2021
Markus Reichstein is giving a Lecture on Climate Extremes and Systemic Risks for Sustainable Development Pathways – Artificial Intelligence to the Rescue at the Center for Development Research, University of Bonn
2 PM CEST, Zoom pm

May 4st 2021
Markus Reichstein is giving a talk about "Klimawandel im Erdsystem" in the Zeiss-Colloquium

4 pm

April 15st 2021
1st EEBIOMASS Workshop on BIOMASS data products & Ecology, Carbon Cycle and Earth System Science, Agenda

14:00 - 17:00 CET

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