Max Planck Gesellschaft

--- Former member ---

Gregor Schürmann


room: A3.019
phone: +49 3641 57623636
fax: +49 3641 577200

email: gschuer(at)

Research Interests:

My research interest lies in the systematic confrontation of models with observations to improve our knowledge on the global carbon cycle. Assimilating different kind of observations into a global model of the carbon-cycle requires the use of a specialised modelling framework. My main work consists of building and applying such a framework and I am particularly interested in assessing the capabilities of a Carbon Cycle Data Assimilation System (CCDAS) to constrain the global carbon cycle and to use this framework to help improve Earth System Models.

Current Projects:

  • CCDAS - Carbon Cycle Data Assimilation System
  • GEOCARBON - Toward an Operational Global Carbon Observing System

Peer-reviewed publications:

Dalmonech, D., Zaehle, S., Schürmann, G., Brovkin, V. ,Reick, C., Schnur, R. (2014). Separation of the effects of land and climate model errors on imulated contemporary land carbon cycle trends in the MPI Earth system model v1. J.Climate. doi:10.1175/JCLI-D-13-00593.1, in press.

Kaminski, T., Knorr, W., Schürmann, G., Scholze, M., Rayner, P. J., Zaehle, S., Blessing, S., Dorigo, W., Gayler, V., Giering, R., Gobron, N., Grant, J. P., Heimann, M., Hooker-Strout, A., Houweling, S., Kato, T., Kattge, J., Kelley, D., Kemp, S., Koffi, E. N., Koestler, C., Mathieu, P., Pinty, B., Reick, C. H., Rödenbeck, C., Schnur, R., Scipal, K., Sebald, C., Stacke, T., van Scheltinga, A. T., Vossbeck, M., Widmann, H., Ziehn, T. (2013). The BETHY/JSBACH Carbon Cycle Data Assimilation System: experiences and challenges. Journal of Geophysical Research-Biogeosciences, 118(4), 1414-1426. doi:10.1002/jgrg.20118.

Schürmann, G.J., Algieri, A., Hedgecock, I.M., Manna, G., Pirrone, N., Sprovieri, F. (2009). Modelling local and synoptic scale influences on ozone concentrations in a topographically complex region of Southern Italy. Atmospheric Environment, 43,4424 - 4434. doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2009.06.017.

Schürmann, G., Schäfer, K, Jahn, C., Hoffmann, H., Bauerfeind, M., Fleuti, E. Rappenglück, B. (2007). The Impact of NOx, CO and VOC Emissions on the Air Quality of the Airport Zurich , Atmospheric Environment, 41, 103 - 118. doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2006.07.030

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