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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

Flach, M., Brenning, A., Gans, F., Reichstein, M., Sippel, S., Mahecha, M. D. (2021). Vegetation modulates the impact of climate extremes on gross primary production. Biogeosciences, 18(1), 39-53. doi:10.5194/bg-18-39-2021.

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.
Küçük, Ç., Koirala, S., Carvalhais, N., Miralles, D., Reichstein, M., Jung, M. (2020). Characterising the response of vegetation cover to water limitation in Africa using geostationary satellites. Earth and Space Science Open Archive (ESSOAr). doi:10.1002/essoar.10504964.1.
Pacheco-Labrador, J., El-Madany, T. S., van der Tol, C., Martin, M. P., Gonzalez-Cascon, R., Perez-Priego, O., Guan, J., Moreno, G., Carrara, A., Reichstein, M., Migliavacca, M. (2021). senSCOPE: Modeling mixed canopies combining green and brown senesced leaves. Evaluation in a Mediterranean Grassland. Remote Sensing of Environment, 257(3): 112352. doi:10.1016/j.rse.2021.112352.
Yu, L., Ahrens, B., Wutzler, T., Zaehle, S., Schrumpf, M. (2020). Modeling soil responses to nitrogen and phosphorus fertilization along a soil phosphorus stock gradient. Frontiers in Forests and Global Change, 3: 543112. doi:10.3389/ffgc.2020.543112.

News and activities

April 15st 2021
1st EEBIOMASS Workshop on BIOMASS data products & Ecology, Carbon Cycle and Earth System Science, Agenda
14:00 - 17:00 CET

April 1st 2021
Carla May and Negin Katal joined BGI this week!

March 26st 2021
Yunpeng Luo successfully defended his PhD thesis “Unexplored drivers of plant phenology: Beyond climate”!

March 1st 2021
Stella Mutai starting this week at BGI

February 18th 2021
Interview with Tarek El-Madany in the Fluxnet community blog

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