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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

Bao, S., Wutzler, T., Koirala, S., Cuntz, M., Ibrom, A., Besnard, S., Walther, S., Sigut, la, L., Moreno, A., Weber, U., Wohlfahrt, G., Cleverly, J., Migliavacca, M., Woodgate, W., Merbold, L., Veenendaal, E., Carvalhais, , N. (2022). Environment-sensitivity functions for gross primary productivity in light use efficiency models. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 312: 108708. doi:10.1016/j.agrformet.2021.108708.

Burchard-Levine, V., Nieto, H., Riaño, D., Kustas, W. P., Migliavacca, M., El-Madany, T. S., Nelson, J. A., Andreu, A., Carrara, A., Beringer, J., Baldocchi, D., Martín, M. P. (2022). A remote sensing-based three-source energy balance model to improve global estimations of evapotranspiration in semi-arid tree-grass ecosystems. Global Change Biology, 28(4), 1493-1515. doi:10.1111/gcb.16002.
Linscheid, N., Mahecha, M. D., Rammig, A., Carvalhais, N., Gans, F., Nelson, J. A., Walther, S., Weber, U., Reichstein, M. (2021). Time–scale dependent relations between Earth Observation based proxies of vegetation productivity. Geophysical Research Letters, 48(24): e2021GL093285. doi:10.1029/2021GL093285.
Martini, D., Sakowska, K., Wohlfahrt, G., Pacheco-Labrador, J., van der Tol, C., Porcar-Castell, A., Magney, T. S., Carrara, A., Colombo, R., El-Madany, T. S., Gonzalez-Cascon, R., Martín, M. P., Julitta, T., Moreno, G., Rascher, U., Reichstein, M., Rossini, M., Migliavacca, M. (2021). Heatwave breaks down the linearity between sun-inducedfluorescence and gross primary production. New Phytologist. doi:10.1111/nph.17920.
Orth, R., O, S., Zscheischler, J., Mahecha, M. D., Reichstein, M. (2022). Contrasting biophysical and societal impacts of hydro-meteorological extremes. Environmental Research Letters, 17(1): 014044. doi:10.1088/1748-9326/ac4139.
Walther, S., Besnard, S., Nelson, J. A., El-Madany, T. S., Migliavacca, M., Weber, U., Ermida, S. L., Brümmer, C., Schrader, F., Prokushkin, A. S., Panov, A. V., Jung, M. (2021). Technical note: A view from space on global flux towers by MODIS and Landsat: The FluxnetEO dataset. Biogeosciences Discussions. doi:10.5194/bg-2021-314.

News and activities

January 6th 2022
Kelley De Polt joins BGI today!

January 5th 2022
Register for the EEBIOMASS Summer School (May 30 - June 01, 2022)

January 3rd 2022
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December 08th 2021
Christian Requena-Mesa will hold a talk during the "Slow onset hazards: windows of opportunity for Anticipatory Action" session of the Anticipation Hub Global Dialogue Plattform. The session is hosted by Markus Reichstein
16:40 - 17:30 CET

December 07th 2021
Shanning Bao's paper was elected to be the AGMET Editors’ choice papers of November 2021. Congratulations, Shanning!

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