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Fabian Gans

Geoscientific programmer
room: C1.014 (tower)
phone: +49 3641 576289
fax: +49 3641 577200
email: fgans(at)

Research Interests:

Fabian Gans studied physics in Halle and joined the Max-Planck-Institute for Biogeochemistry in 2008. He is working as a geoscientific programmer in the BGI department since 2013. His main project for the years 2015 and 2016 is the CAB-LAB ESA project.


1Flach, M., Brenning, A., Gans, F., Reichstein, M., Sippel, S., Mahecha, M. D. (2021). Vegetation modulates the impact of climate extremes on gross primary production. Biogeosciences, 18(1), 39-53. doi:10.5194/bg-18-39-2021.
2Mahecha, M. D., Gans, F., Brandt, G., Christiansen, R., Cornell, S. E., Fomferra, N., Kraemer, G., Peters, J., Bodesheim, P., Camps-Valls, G., Donges, J. F., Dorigo, W., Estupiñan-Suarez, L., Gutierrez-Velez, V. H., Gutwin, M., Jung, M., Londoño, M. C., Miralles, D. G., Papastefanou, P., Reichstein, M. (2020). Earth system data cubes unravel global multivariate dynamics. Earth System Dynamics, 11(1), 201-234. doi:10.5194/esd-11-201-2020.
3Jung, M., Schwalm, C., Migliavacca, M., Walther, S., Camps-Valls, G., Koirala, S., Anthoni, P., Besnard, S., Bodesheim, P., Carvalhais, N., Chevallier, F., Gans, F., Goll, D. S., Haverd, V., Koehler, P., Ichii, K., Jain, A. K., Liu, J., Lombardozzi, D., Nabel, J. E. M. S., Nelson, J. A., O’Sullivan, M., Pallandt, M., Papale, D., Peters, W., Pongratz, J., Rödenbeck, C., Sitch, S., Tramontana, G., Walker, A., Weber, U., Reichstein, M. (2020). Scaling carbon fluxes from eddy covariance sites to globe: synthesis and evaluation of the FLUXCOM approach. Biogeosciences, 17(5), 1343-1365. doi:10.5194/bg-17-1343-2020.
4Linscheid, N., Estupinan-Suarez, L. M., Brenning, A., Carvalhais, N., Cremer, F., Gans, F., Rammig, A., Reichstein, M., Sierra, C., Mahecha, M. D. (2020). Towards a global understanding of vegetation–climate dynamicsat multiple timescales. Biogeosciences, 17(4), 945-962. doi:10.5194/bg-17-945-2020.
5Mahecha, M. D., Guha-Sapir, D., Smits, J., Gans, F., Kraemer, G. (2019). Data challenges limit our global understanding of humanitarian disasters triggered by climate extremes. In J. Sillmann, S. Sippel, S. Russo (Eds.), Climate Extremes and Their Implications for Impact and Risk Assessment (pp. 243-256). Amsterdam: Elsevier.
6Jung, M., Koirala, S., Weber, U., Ichii, K., Gans, F., Camps-Valls, G., Papale, D., Schwalm, C., Tramontana, G., Reichstein, M. (2019). The FLUXCOM ensemble of global land-atmosphere energy fluxes. Scientific Data, 6: 74. doi:10.1038/s41597-019-0076-8.
7Bodesheim, P., Jung, M., Gans, F., Mahecha, M. D., Reichstein, M. (2018). Upscaled diurnal cycles of land-atmosphere fluxes: a new global half-hourly data product. Earth System Science Data, 10, 1327-1365. doi:10.5194/essd-10-1327-2018.
8Reichstein, M., Besnard, S., Carvalhais, N., Gans, F., Jung, M., Kraft, B., Mahecha, M. D. (2018). Modelling landsurface time-series with recurrent neural nets. In 2018 IEEE International geoscience and remote sensing symposium (IGARSS) (pp. 7640-7643). 2018: Valencia. doi:10.1109/IGARSS.2018.8518007.
9Flach, M., Sippel, S., Gans, F., Bastos, A., Brenning, A., Reichstein, M., Mahecha, M. D. (2018). Contrasting biosphere responses to hydrometeorological extremes: revisiting the 2010 western Russian Heatwave. Biogeosciences, 16, 6067-6085. doi:10.5194/bg-15-6067-2018.
10Flach, M., Gans, F., Brenning, A., Denzler, J., Reichstein, M., Rodner, E., Bathiany, S., Bodesheim, P., Guanche, Y., Sippel, S., Mahecha, M. D. (2017). Multivariate anomaly detection for Earth observations: a comparison of algorithms and feature extraction techniques. Earth System Dynamics, 8(3), 677-696. doi:10.5194/esd-8-677-2017.
11Jung, 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(7638), 516-520. doi:10.1038/nature20780.
12Mahecha, M. D., Gans, F., Sippel, S., Donges, J. F., Kaminski, T., Metzger, S., Migliavacca, M., Papale, D., Rammig, A., Zscheischler, J. (2017). Detecting impacts of extreme events with ecological in situ monitoring networks. Biogeosciences, 14(18), 4255-4277. doi:10.5194/bg-14-4255-2017.
13Zscheischler, J., Mahecha, M. D., Avitabile, V., Calle, L., Carvalhais, N., Ciais, P., Gans, F., Gruber, N., Hartmann, J., Herold, M., Ichii, K., Jung, M., Landschützer, P., Laruelle, G. G., Lauerwald, R., Papale, D., Peylin, P., Poulter, B., Ray, D., Regnier, P., Rödenbeck, C., Roman-Cuesta, R. M., Schwalm, C., Tramontana, G., Tyukavina, A. T., Valentini, R., van der Werf, G., West, T. O., Wolf, J. E., Reichstein, M. (2017). Reviews and syntheses: An empirical spatiotemporal description of the global surface–atmosphere carbon fluxes: opportunities and data limitations. Biogeosciences, 14(15), 3685-3703. doi:10.5194/bg-14-3685-2017.
14Sippel, S., Lange, H., Mahecha, M. D., Hauhs, M., Bodesheim, P., Kaminski, T., Gans, F., Rosso, O. A. (2016). Diagnosing the dynamics of observed and simulated ecosystem gross primary productivity with time causal information theory quantifiers. PLoS One, 11(10): e0164960. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0164960.
15Kleidon, A., Miller, L., Gans, F. (2016). Physical limits of solar energy conversion in the Earth system. Topics in Current Chemistry, 371, 1-22. doi:10.1007/128_2015_637.
16Miller, L. M., Brunsell, N. A., Mechem, D. B., Gans, F., Monaghan, A. J., Vautard, R., Keith, D. W., Kleidon, A. (2015). Two methods for estimating limits to large-scale wind power generation. Proc.Natl.Acad.Sci.USA, 112(36), 11169-11174. doi:10.1073/pnas.1408251112.
17Gans, F., Miller, L., Kleidon, A. (2012). Abschätzung des Windenergiepotenzials von Deutschland. In M. Beckmann, A. Hurtado (Eds.), Kraftwerkstechnik: Sichere und nachhaltige Energieversorgung, Band 4 (pp. 729-736). Neuruppin: TK Verlag, Karl Thomé-Kozmiensky,.
18Gans, F., Miller, L. M., Kleidon, A. (2012). The problem of the second wind turbine – a note on a common but flawed wind power estimation method. Earth System Dynamics, 3, 79-86. doi:10.5194/esd-3-79-2012.
19Miller, L. M., Gans, F., Kleidon, A. (2011). Estimating maximum global land surface wind power extractability and associated climatic consequences. Earth System Dynamics, 2, 1-12. doi:10.5194/esd-2-1-2011.
20Miller, L. M., Gans, F., Kleidon, A. (2011). Jet stream wind power as a renewable energy resource: little power, big impacts. Earth System Dynamics, 2(2), 201-212. doi:10.5194/esd-2-201-2011.
21Dyke, J. G., Gans, F., Kleidon, A. (2011). Towards understanding how surface life can affect interior geological processes: a non-equilibrium thermodynamics approach. Earth System Dynamics, 2, 139-160. doi:10.5194/esd-2-139-2011.
22Kleidon, A., Gans, F., Miller, L., Pavlick, R. (2011). Sonne, Wind und Wellen - Natürliche Grenzen erneuerbarer Energien im Erdsystem. In H. Beckmann (Ed.), Kraftwerkstechnik (pp. 463-470). Neuruppin: TK Verlag.
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