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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

Nair, R. K. F., Morris, K. A., Migliavacca, M., Moreno, G., Schrumpf, M. (2020). Plant-available N:P alters root litter N recycling in a Mediterranean tree–grass ecosystem. Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science. doi:10.1002/jpln.202000097.



Bastos, A., Ciais, P., Friedlingstein, P., Sitch, S., Pongratz, J., Fan, L., Wigneron, J. P., Weber, U., Reichstein, M., Fu, Z., Anthoni, P., Arneth, A., Haverd, V., Jain, A. K., Joetzjer, E., Knauer, J., Lienert, S., Loughran, T., McGuire, P. C., Tian, H., Viovy, N., Zaehle, S. (2020). Direct and seasonal legacy effects of the 2018 heat wave and drought on European ecosystem productivity. Science Advances, 6(24): eaba2724. doi:10.1126/sciadv.aba2724.
Kraemer, G., Reichstein, M., Camps-Valls, G., Smits, J., Mahecha, M. D. (2020). The low dimensionality of development. Social Indicators Research. doi:10.1007/s11205-020-02349-0.
Orth, R., Destouni, G., Jung, M., Reichstein, M. (2020). Large-scale biospheric drought response intensifies linearly with drought duration in arid regions. Biogeosciences, 17(9), 2647-2656. doi:10.5194/bg-17-2647-2020.
Tramontana, G., Migliavacca, M., Jung, M., Reichstein, M., Keenan, T. F., Camps-Valls, G., Ogee, J., Verrelst, J., Papale, D. (in press). Partitioning net carbon dioxide fluxes into photosynthesis and respiration using neural networks. Global Change Biology. doi:10.1111/gcb.15203.

News and activities

June 4th 2020
How Can Artificial Intelligence Enhance Our Understanding of the Earth System? Latest Thinking video with Markus Reichstein


May 20th 2020
What soil moisture can teach us about heatwaves editorial by Jasper Denissen in German Climate Consortium DKK


May 17th 2020
Markus Reichstein in mdr Thüringen Journal about Corona-Pandemie und das Klima


May 14th 2020
Plant identification app "Flora Incognita" honored with Thuringian Research Prize
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April 15th 2020
Ana Bastos new BGI group leader starting this week
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