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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

Thum, T., Caldararu, S., Engel, J., Kern, M., Pallandt, M., Schnur, R., Yu, L., Zaehle, S. (2019). A new terrestrial biosphere model with coupled carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus cycles (QUINCY v1.0; revision 1772). Geoscientific Model Development, 12(11), 4781-4802. doi:10.5194/gmd-12-4781-2019.

Boese, S., Jung, M., Carvalhais, N., Teuling, A. J., Reichstein, M. (2019). Carbon–water flux coupling under progressive drought. Biogeosciences, 16(13), 2557-2572. doi:10.5194/bg-16-2557-2019

Ma, X., Mahecha, M. D., Migliavacca, M., van der Plas, F., Benavides, R., Ratcliffe, S., Kattge, J., Richter, R., Musavi, T., Baeten, L., Barnoaiea, I., Bohn, F. J., Bouriaud, O., Bussotti, F., Coppi, A., Domisch, T., Huth, A., Jaroszewicz, B., Joswig, J., Pabon-Moreno, D. E., Papale, D., Selvi, F., Laurin, G. V., Valladares, F., Reichstein, M., Wirth, C. (2019). Inferring plant functional diversity from space: the potential of Sentinel-2. Remote Sensing of Environment, 233: 111368. doi:10.1016/j.rse.2019.111368

Morris, K. A., Nair, R. K. F., Moreno, G., Schrumpf, M., Migliavacca, M. (2019). Fate of N additions in a multiple resource-limited Mediterranean oak savanna. Ecosphere, 10(11): e02921. doi:10.1002/ecs2.2921.

Reichstein M., Camps-Valls G., Stevens B., Jung M., Denzler J., Cavalhais N., Prabhat (2019) Deep learning and process understanding for data-driven Earth system science. Nature 566, 195–204, doi:10.1038/s41586-019-0912-1

Rzanny M., Mäder P., Deggelmann A., Chen M., Wäldchen J. (2019) Flowers, leaves or both? How to obtain suitable images for automated plant identification. Plant Methods (2019) 15:77. doi:10.1186/s13007-019-0462-4

News and activities

January 24th 2020
Ana Bastos is visiting BGI
Seminar at 10 am

December 18th 2019
Martina Franz successfully defended her PhD


December 5th 2019
Markus Reichstein receives Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize

November 13th 2019
Markus Reichstein at International Dialogue Platform on Anticipatory Humanitarian Action organized by German Red Cross

Session Modelling for Impact-based forecasting

November 1st 2019
New BGI member Wantong Li starting today


October 30th 2019

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