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Jakob Zscheischler

room: C1.020 (tower)
phone: +49 3641 576270
fax: +49 3641 577200
email: jzsch(at)

Research interests:

I'm working at the interface between machine learning and environmental science. My research currently focuses on the detection of extreme events in Earth observation data (such as fAPAR, NDVI, carbon fluxes). The question of how climate extremes affect ecosystems is of important for understanding climate-carbon feedbacks now and in future. In the complementary approach which we developed I either identify extremes in driver variables and estimate their impact in response variables, or I identify extremes in impact variables and trace them back to climatic drivers and external disturbances.

Peer-reviewed publications:

Zscheischler, J., Reichstein, M., v. Buttlar, J., Mu, M., Randerson, J.T., Mahecha, M.D. (2014) Carbon-cycle extremes during the 21st century in CMIP5 models: future evolution and attribution to climatic drivers. Geophysical Research Letters, doi: 10.1002/2014GL062409.

Zscheischler, J., Michalak, A.M., Schwalm, M.D., Mahecha, M.D., Huntzinger, D.N., Reichstein, M., Berthier, G., Ciais, P., Cook, R.B., El-Masri, B., Huang, M., Ito, A., Jain, A., King, A., Lei, H., Lu, C., Mao, J., Peng, S., Poulter, B., Ricciuto, D., Shi, X., Tao, B., Tian, H., Viovy, N., Wang, W., Wei, Y., Yang, J., Zeng, N. (2014) Impact of Large-Scale Climate Extremes on Biospheric Carbon Fluxes: An Intercomparison Based on MsTMIP Data. Global Biogeochemical Cycles 28, 585-600. doi: 10.1002/2014GB004826.

Zscheischler, J., Reichstein, M., Harmeling, S., Rammig, A., Tomelleri, E., Mahecha, M.D. (2014) Extreme events in gross primary production: a characterization across continents. Biogeosciences 11, 2909-2924. doi:10.5194/bg-11-2909-2014. download

Solly, E.F., Schöning, I., Boch, S., Kandeler, E., Marhan, S., Michalzik, B., Müller, J., Zscheischler, J., Trumbore, S.E., Schrumpf, M. (2014) Factors controlling decomposition rates of fine root litter in temperate forests and grasslands. Plant and Soil. doi:10.1007/s11104-014-2151-4.

Zscheischler, J., Mahecha, M.D., v. Buttlar, J., Harmeling, S., Jung, M., Rammig, A., Randerson, J.T., Schölkopf, B., Seneviratne, S.I., Tomelleri, E., Zaehle, S., Reichstein, M. (2014) 'A few extreme events dominate global interannual variability in gross primary production''. Environmental Research Letters 9, 035001. doi:10.1088/1748-9326/9/3/035001. download

von Buttlar, J., Zscheischler, J., Mahecha, M.D. (2014) An extended approach for spatiotemporal gapfilling: dealing with large and systematic gaps in geoscientific datasets. Nonlin. Processes Geophys. 21, 203-215. doi:10.5194/npg-21-203-2014. download

Reichstein, M., Bahn, M., Ciais, P., Frank, D., Mahecha, M.D., Seneviratne, S.I., Zscheischler, J., Beer, C., Buchmann, N., Frank, D.C., Papale, D., Rammig, A., Smith, P., Thonicke, K., van der Velde, M., Vicca, S., Walz, A., Wattenbach, M. (2013) Climate extremes and the carbon cycle. Nature 500, 287-295. doi:10.1038/nature12350.

Jung, M., Zscheischler, J. (2013) A Guided Hybrid Genetic Algorithm for Feature Selection with Expensive Cost Functions. Procedia Computer Science 18, 2337-2346. download

Zscheischler, J., Mahecha, M.D., Harmeling, S., Reichstein, M. (2013) Detection and attribution of large spatiotemporal extreme events in Earth observation data. Ecological Informatics 15, 66–73. doi:10.1016/j.ecoinf.2013.03.004

Zscheischler, J., Mahecha, M.D., Harmeling, S. (2012) Climate classifications: the value of unsupervised clustering. Procedia Computer Science 9, 897–906. download

Janzing, D., Mooij, J., Zhang, K., Lemeire, J., Zscheischler, J., Daniušis, P., Steudel, B., Schölkopf, B. (2012), Information-geometric approach to inferring causal directions. Artificial Intelligence 182-183, 1-31. download

Zscheischler, J., Janzing, D., Zhang, K. (2011), Testing whether linear equations are causal: A free probability theory approach. In Proceedings of the 27th Conference on Uncertainty in Artifi cial Intelligence (UAI). AUAI Press. download

Daniusis, P., Janzing, D., Mooij, J., Zscheischler, J., Steudel, B., Zhang, K., Schölkopf B., (2010) Inferring deterministic causal relations. In Proceedings of the 26th Conference on Uncertainty in Artifi cial Intelligence (UAI). AUAI Press. download

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