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The global terrestrial biosphere, i.e. the vegetation and soils, strongly reacts to variations in atmospheric conditions but also influences the atmosphere via exchange of matter and energy (e.g. trace gases, latent and sensible heat). These interactions occur on time-scales that range from seconds to millennia, and ascend from the molecular to the global spatial scale. They are mediated by the action of organisms which shape important biogeochemical and biogeophysical processes in their ecosystems, which in turn are forming landscapes, regions, and biomes. Hence we study the nature and the role of these interactions between the biosphere and the atmosphere, using a modelling approach, which integrates observations from organisms to global scale. This research should ultimately help understanding how the biosphere is reacting to and is exerting feedbacks on ongoing environmental change (e.g. changing water cycle, global warming, increasing atmospheric CO2 levels, and nitrogen deposition).

Latest key papers

Pacheco-Labrador J., El-Madany T.S., Martín P.M., Migliavacca M., Rossini M., Carrara A. and Zarco-Tejada P.J. (2017) Spatio-Temporal Relationships between Optical Information and Carbon Fluxes in a Mediterranean Tree-Grass Ecosystem. Remote Sens. 2017, 9, 608; doi:10.3390/rs9060608

Carreiras J.M.B., Quegan S., Le Toan T., Tong Minh D.H., Saatchi S.S., Carvalhais N., Reichstein M., Scipal K. (2017) Coverage of high biomass forests by the ESA BIOMASS mission under defense restrictions, Remote Sensing of Environment, 196, pp 154-162, DOI: 10.1016/j.rse.2017.05.003

Galvagno M., Wohlfahrt G., Cremonese E., Filippa G., Migliavacca M., Mora di Cella U., van Gorsel E. (2017) Contribution of advection to nighttime ecosystem respiration at a mountain grassland in complex terrain, Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 237–238, 270-281. DOI: 10.1016/j.agrformet.2017.02.018

Jung, M., Reichstein, M., Schwalm, C.R., Huntingford, C., Sitch, S., Ahlström, A., Arneth, A., Camps-Valls, G., Ciais, P., Friedlingstein, P., Gans, F., Ichii, K., Jain, A.K., Kato, E., Papale, D., Poulter, B., Raduly, B., Rödenbeck, C., Tramontana, G., Viovy, N., Wang, Y.-P., Weber, U., Zaehle, S., Zeng, N. (2017) Compensatory water effects link yearly global land CO2 sink changes to temperature. Nature 541, 516–520. DOI: 10.1038/nature20780

Koirala, S., Jung, M., Reichstein, M., de Graaf, I. E. M., Camps-Valls, G., Ichii, K., Papale, D., Raduly, B., Schwalm, C. R., Tramontana, G., Carvalhais, N. (2017). Global distribution of groundwater-vegetation spatial covariation. Geophysical Research Letters.44, 4134–4142 DOI: 10.1002/2017GL072885.

Sippel, S., Zscheischler, J., Mahecha, M. D., Orth, R., Reichstein, M., Vogel, M., Seneviratne, S. I. (2017) Refining multi-model projections of temperature extremes by evaluation against land–atmosphere coupling diagnostics. Earth System Dynamics. 8, 387-403. doi:10.5194/esd-8-387-2017

News and activities

June 20th-24th, 2017
Trustee First Training School on Ecosystem Ecology, Vegetation Modelling and Time series Analysis

June 19th–21st,2017
Workshop on Environmental Informatic Challenges at Dornburger Castles; further information

June 15th,2017
Raphael Proulx, Universite du Quebec a Trois-Rivieres, Canada, is visiting BGI.
11:00 am Lecture Hall talk about Living in a world without BEF : No relationship between plant diversity and ecosystem functioning

June 7th–8th,2017
FLUXNET Workshop 2017, Berkeley

May 30th, 2017
2 PostDoc positions available
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