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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

Biriukova, K., Pacheco-Labrador, J., Migliavacca, M., Mahecha, M. D., Gonzalez-Cascon, R., Martín, M. P., Rossini, M. (2021). Performance of singular spectrum analysis in separating seasonal and fast physiological dynamics of solar-induced chlorophyll fluorescence and PRI optical signals. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences, 126(9): e2020JG006158. doi:10.1029/2020JG006158.

Besnard, S., Santoro, M., Cartus, O., Fan, N., Linscheid, N., Nair, R., Weber, U., Koirala, S., Carvalhais, N. (in press). Global sensitivities of forest carbon changes to environmental conditions. Global Change Biology. doi:10.1111/gcb.15877.
Estupinan-Suarez, L. M., Gans, F., Brenning, A., Gutierrez-Velez, V. H., Londono, M. C., Pabon-Moreno, D. E., Poveda, G., Reichstein, M., Reu, B., Sierra, C., Weber, U., Mahecha, M. D. (2021). A regional earth system data lab for understanding ecosystem dynamics: An example from tropical South America. Frontiers in Earth Science, 9: 613395. doi:10.3389/feart.2021.613395.
Gampe, D., Zscheischler, J., Reichstein, M., O’Sullivan, M., Smith, W. K., Sitch, S., Buermann, W. (2021). Increasing impact of warm droughts on northern ecosystem productivity over recent decades. Nature Climate Change, 11, 772-779. doi:10.1038/s41558-021-01112-8.
O, S., Orth, R. (2021). Global soil moisture data derived through machine learning trained with in-situ measurements. Scientific Data, 8: 170. doi:10.1038/s41597-021-00964-1.

News and activities

September 23rd 2021
Markus Reichstein will hold a talk for the Environmental and Sustainabilty interest group of the Alan Turing Institute at the University of Exter
1:00 - 2PM GMT+1 over zoom

September 1st 2021
Ranit De, Ladislav Hodac, Dushyant Kumar and Chenwei Xiao join BGI today!

August 23rd 2021
Olivia Hau joins BGI today!

August 17th 2021
HR alle wetter interviewed Markus Reichstein on how to support weather forecasting with AI in the future to predict extreme weather events. His part starts at 07:40 min

August 2nd 2021
Christian Reimers and José Cortés Reséndiz join BGI today!

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