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Climate-ecosystem-disturbance interactions group

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The Climate-Ecosystem-Disturbance Interactions group focuses on the links between climate variability and change, disturbance regimes and ecosystem structure and functioning, at regional to global scales. More specifically, the group’s research aims to:

(i) quantify ecosystem vulnerability and resilience to climate extremes and changes in disturbance patterns, including the role of management;
(ii) understand the effects of compound disturbances (climatic and/or biotic) on ecosystem dynamics and biogeochemical cycling;
(iii) gain insights on the drivers of inter-annual to decadal variability in the carbon cycle with a focus on ocean-atmosphere-land teleconnections.

By combining observation-based data (such as eddy-covariance, atmospheric monitoring, remote-sensing) and data-driven and process-based modeling, the group’s research aims at reducing uncertainties in key components of the earth system, particularly the feedbacks between climate and the carbon-cycle and better constrain the contribution of land ecosystems for climate change mitigation.


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Name Position E-mail Phone Room
Ana Bastos group leader ana.bastos ...6247 3.06 (IT Paradies)
José Cortés PhD student jcortes ... 3.22 (IT Paradies)
Na Li PhD student ... 3.24 (IT Paradies)
Nora Linscheid PhD student Nora.Linscheid ... 3.21 (IT Paradies)
Theertha Kariyathan PhD student theertha.kariyathan ...6270 3.28 (IT Paradies)
Annu Panwar PostDoc annu.panwar ...XXXX 3.22 (IT Paradies)
Sam Upton PhD student samuel.upton ...6207 3.25 (IT Paradies)
Chenwei Xiao PhD student chenwei.xiao ... 3.26 (IT Paradies)
Xin Yu PhD student xin.yu ...6207 3.28 (IT Paradies)

Former Team Members and Guests

Olivia Hau BSc student
Stella Mutai PhD Candidate

Our current main projects

ESA-CCI RECCAP2: The pilot project from ESA-CCI aims at supporting, in cooperation with the GCP, the scientific synthesis and assessment activities of regional carbon budgets and their drivers of the ‘REgional Carbon Cycle Assessment and Processes’, phase 2 (RECCAP-2) project by making use of regional cuts of annually updated global terrestrial and ocean carbon models, and atmospheric CO2 inversions, taking stock of new satellite-based surface monitoring products of climate and ecological variables now available within the framework of ESA-CCI.
Group members involved: Ana Bastos (PI, steering committee member)

Upcoming conferences and outreach activities

ESA Climate Detectives

April 12. 12pm CEST: A. Bastos will participate in the ESA Climate Detectives Webinar 'Ask a scientist' to talk with pupils about climate change, greenhouse gas monitoring, and global biogeochemical cycles (in portuguese).

European Geosciences Union General Meeting 2021

EGU21-1964 | vPICO presentations | BG3.10 Increased vulnerability of European ecosystems to two consecutive extreme summers Ana Bastos, René Orth, Markus Reichstein, Philippe Ciais, Nicolas Viovy, Sönke Zaehle, Peter Anthoni, Almut Arneth, Pierre Gentine, Emilie Joetzjer, Sebastian Lienert, Tammas Loughran, Patrick C. McGuire, Sungmin Oh, Julia Pongratz, and Stephen Sitch Thu, 29 Apr, 15:35–15:45

EGU21-15179 | vPICO presentations | BG2.2/AS4.15 The use of multi-tracer flask-measurements to understand changes in the land-surface processes. Theertha Kariyathan, Wouter Peters, Julia Marshall, Ana Bastos, and Markus Reichstein Tue, 27 Apr, 11:30–11:32

EGU21-9522 | vPICO presentations | SSS4.5/BG1.2 Legacy effects of drought on gross primary productivity from eddy-covariance measurements. Xin Yu, René Orth, Markus Reichstein, and Ana Bastos Mon, 26 Apr, 11:10–11:12

Recent key publications

Bastos, A., Orth, R., Reichstein, M., Ciais, P., Viovy, N., Zaehle, S., Anthoni, P., Arneth, A., Gentine, P., Joetzjer, E., Lienert, S., Loughran, T., McGuire, P. C., O, S., Pongratz, J., Sitch, S. (2021). Vulnerability of European ecosystems to two compound dry and hot summers in 2018 and 2019. Earth System Dynamics, 12(4), 1015-1035. doi:10.5194/esd-12-1015-2021.
Peters, W., Bastos, A., Ciais, P., Vermeulen, A. (2020). A historical, geographical and ecological perspective on the 2018 European summer drought. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, Series B: Biological Sciences, 375(1810): 20190505. doi:10.1098/rstb.2019.0505.
Bastos, A., Ciais, P., Friedlingstein, P., Sitch, S., Pongratz, J., Fan, L., Wigneron, J. P., Weber, U., Reichstein, M., Fu, Z., Anthoni, P., Arneth, A., Haverd, V., Jain, A. K., Joetzjer, E., Knauer, J., Lienert, S., Loughran, T., McGuire, P. C., Tian, H., Viovy, N., Zaehle, S. (2020). Direct and seasonal legacy effects of the 2018 heat wave and drought on European ecosystem productivity. Science Advances, 6(24): eaba2724. doi:10.1126/sciadv.aba2724.

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