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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

Denissen, J. M. C., Teuling, A. J., Pitman, A. J., Koirala, S., Migliavacca, M., Li, W., Reichstein, M., Winkler, A., Zhan, C., Orth, R. (2022). Widespread shift from ecosystem energy to water limitation with climate change. Nature Climate Change, 12, 677-684. doi:10.1038/s41558-022-01403-8.



Katal, N., Rzanny, M., Mäder, P., Wäldchen, J. (2022). Deep learning in plant phenological research: A systematic literature review. Frontiers in Plant Science, 13: 805738. doi:10.3389/fpls.2022.805738.
Krich, C., Mahecha, M. D., Migliavacca, M., Kauwe, M. D., Griebel, A., Runge, J., Miralles, D. G. (2022). Decoupling between ecosystem photosynthesis and transpiration: a last resort against overheating. Environmental Research Letters, 17(4): 17 044013. doi:10.1088/1748-9326/ac583e.
Li, W., Migliavacca, M., Forkel, M., Denissen, J. M. C., Reichstein, M., Yang, H., Duveiller, G., Weber, U., Orth, R. (2022). Widespread increasing vegetation sensitivity to soil moisture. Nature Communications, 13: 3959. doi:10.1038/s41467-022-31667-9.
O, S., Bastos, A., Reichstein, M., Li, W., Denissen, J. M. C., Graefen, H., Orth, R. (2022). The role of climate and vegetation in regulating drought-heat extremes. Journal of Climate, 35(17), 5677-5658. doi:10.1175/JCLI-D-21-0675.1.

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