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Soil & Vegetation Functioning

Climate, vegetation, and soil interact in manifold ways at different temporal and spatial scales reacting to and exerting feedbacks on ongoing environmental change. We combine experiments and in-situ long-term observation with Earth observations gathered by aircraft and satellites to analyse with data-driven machine learning and theory-driven mechanistic modelling.

Talks, videos & interviews

The Patient Earth - Interactions between Climate and Ecosystems

(German video), lecture by Markus Reichstein, Berlin Oct.12th 2018

Climate ‐ how the Earth breathes (English video)
Klima - der Atem der Erde (German video)

about the Earth Metabolism and the role played by vegetation and soils in series "MaxPlanckCinema”

Activities & collaborations

New partitioning methods

…understanding the widespread inhibition of daytime ecosystem respiration…

Keenan, T. F. et al. (2019) doi:10.1038/s41559-019-0809-2

Key publications

Ahrens, B., Reichstein, M. (2017). Soil carbon: Depth of understanding. doi:10.1038/nclimate3426

El-Madany, T. S. et al. (2018). Drivers of spatio-temporal variability of carbon dioxide and energy fluxes in a mediterranean savanna ecosystem. doi:10.1016/j.agrformet.2018.07.010

Jung, M. et al. (2017) Compensatory water effects link yearly global land CO2 sink changes to temperature. doi:10.1038/nature20780

Pacheco-Labrador, J. et al. (2019). Multiple-constraint inversion of SCOPE. Evaluating the potential of GPP and SIF for the retrieval of plant functional traits. doi:10.1016/j.rse.2019.111362

Jung, 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

Soils

the role of belowground processes for biogeo-chemical cycles in the Earth System

Ahrens, B. et al. (2015). Contribution of sorption, DOC transport and microbial interactions to the 14C age of a soil organic carbon profile. doi:10.1016/j.soilbio.2015.06.008

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