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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

Meyerholt, J. and Zaehle, S. (2018) Controls of terrestrial ecosystem nitrogen loss on simulated productivity responses to elevated CO2, Biogeosciences, 15, 5677-5698, doi:10.5194/bg-15-5677-2018

Luo, Y., El-Madany, T.S., Filippa, G., Ma, X., Ahrens, B. , Carrara, A., Gonzalez-Cascon, R., Cremonese, E., Galvagno, M., Hammer, T. W., Pacheco-Labrador, J. , Martín, P.M., Moreno, G., Perez-Priego, O., Reichstein, M., Richardson, A.D., Römermann, C.,Migliavacca M. (2018) Using Near-Infrared-Enabled Digital Repeat Photography to Track Structural and Physiological Phenology in Mediterranean Tree–Grass Ecosystems. Remote Sens. 2018, 10, 1293; doi:10.3390/rs10081293

Orth, R., Destouni, G. (2018) Drought reduces blue-water fluxes more strongly than green-water fluxes in EuropeNature Communications. 9, 3602. doi: 10.1038/s41467-018-06013-7

Perez-Priego, O., Katul, G., Reichstein, M., El-Madany, T. S., Ahrens, B., Carrara, A., Scanlon, T. M., Migliavacca, M. (in press) Partitioning eddy covariance water flux components using physiological and micrometeorological approaches. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences. doi:10.1029/2018JG004637

Sippel, S., Reichstein, M., Ma, X., Mahecha, M.D., Lange, H., Flach, M., Frank, D. (2018) Drought, Heat, and the Carbon Cycle: a Review. Current Climate Change Reports (Online First Articles). DOI:10.1007/s40641-018-0103-4

Wäldchen, J., Mäder, P. (2018) Machine learning for image based species identification. Methods Ecol Evol. 2018;1–10.DOI: 10.1111/2041-210X.13075

Wutzler, T., Lucas-Moffat, A., Migliavacca, M., Knauer, J., Sickel, K., Šigut, L., Menzer, O., Reichstein, M. (2018). Basic and extensible post-processing of eddy covariance flux data with REddyProc. Biogeosciences, 15, 5015–5030, 2018., 2018.

News and activities

October 18th& 19th 2018
Kerstin Stahl (University of Freiburg) is visiting BGI

October 16th 2018
XCutting Activity on Machine Learning Methods with emphasis in Deep Learning (XC-ML)
09:30 to 12:00

October 2nd 2018
Egor Prieznak visiting PhD student at BGI

September 5th-7th 2018
Workshop Examining Transpiration from Ecosystem to Global Scales

August 27th 2018

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