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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

Kraft, B., Jung, M., Körner, M., Koirala, S., Reichstein, M. (2022). Towards hybrid modeling of the global hydrological cycle. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 26(6), 1579-1614. doi:10.5194/hess-26-1579-2022.

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.
O, S., Bastos, A., Reichstein, M., Li, W., Denissen, J. M. C., Graefen, H., Orth, R. (in press). The role of climate and vegetation in regulating drought-heat extremes. Journal of Climate. doi:10.1175/JCLI-D-21-0675.1.
Pabon-Moreno, D. E., Migliavacca, M., Reichstein, M., Mahecha, M. D. (2022). On the potential of Sentinel-2 for estimating Gross Primary Production. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 60: 4409412. doi:10.1109/TGRS.2022.3152272.
Walther, S., Besnard, S., Nelson, J. A., El-Madany, T. S., Migliavacca, M., Weber, U., Carvalhais, N., Ermida, S. L., Brümmer, C., Schrader, F., Prokushkin, A. S., Panov, A. V., Jung, M. (2022). Technical note: A view from space on global flux towers by MODIS and Landsat: The FluxnetEO dataset. Biogeosciences, 19(11), 2805-2840. doi:10.5194/bg-19-2805-2022.

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June 1st 2022
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