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The Biogeochemical Signals department is a newly formed department succeeding the former Biogeochemical Systems department headed by Prof. Dr. Martin Heimann, and the former research group on Terrestrial Biosphere Modelling. The department investigates large-scale signals of biospheric processes and their feedbacks to the climate system. We integrate bottom-up process-driven modeling with top-down constraints inferred from remote-sensing, atmospheric observations and atmospheric inversions. We aim to utilize novel data sources to develop a better predictive understanding of important land-based processes at local to global scales. Our goal is to contribute to a better understanding of recent biogeochemical patterns and trends, as well as to improve predictions of land-climate feedbacks and of the consequences of climate mitigation efforts in future decades.

Latest Key Result

Botía, S., et al. (2021). The CO2 record at the Amazon Tall Tower Observatory: A new opportunity to study processes on seasonal and inter-annual scales. Global Change Biology, 00, 1– 24.

Latest publications

Custódio, D., Borrego, C., Relvas, H. (2022). Worldwide evaluation of CAMS-EGG4 CO2 data re-analysis at the surface level. Toxics, 10(6): 331. doi:10.3390/toxics10060331.
Munassar, S., Rödenbeck, C., Koch, F.-T., Totsche, K. U., Galkowski, M., Walther, S., Gerbig, C. (2022). Net ecosystem exchange (NEE) estimates 2006–2019 over Europe from a pre-operational ensemble-inversion system. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 22(12), 7875-7892. doi:10.5194/acp-22-7875-2022.
Swolkien, J., Fix, A., Galkowski, M. (2022). Factors that influence the temporal variability of atmospheric methane emission from Upper Silesia coal mines: A case study from CoMet mission. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics Discussions. doi:10.5194/acp-2022-243.
van der Woude, A. M., de Kok, R., Smith, N., Luijkx, I. T., Botia, S., Karstens, U., Kooijmans, L. M. J., Koren, G., Meijer, H., Steeneveld, G.-J., Storm, I., Super, I., Scheeren, B. A., Vermeulen, A., Peters, W. (2022). Near real-time CO2 fluxes from CarbonTracker Europe for high resolution atmospheric modeling. Earth System Science Data Discussions. doi:10.5194/essd-2022-175.
Wang, K., Bastos, A., Ciais, P., Wang, X., Rödenbeck, C., Gentine, P., Chevallier, F., Humphrey, V. W., Huntingford, C., O'Sullivan, M., Seneviratne, S. I., Sitch, S., Piao, S. (2022). Regional and seasonal partitioning of water and temperature controls on global land carbon uptake variability. Nature Communications, 13: 3469. doi:10.1038/s41467-022-31175-w.

News and activities

1st Apr 2022
Thomas Petrogliagkis joined the ITMS project of the department as PostDoc. Welcome!

1st Mar 2022
Cheng Gong joined the TBM group of the department as PostDoc. Welcome!

1st Dec 2021
Mark Schlutow joined the IPAS group of the department as PostDoc. Welcome!

1st Oct 2021
Gabriela Sophia, Kseniia Ivanova and Nathalie Triches joined the department as PhD students. Welcome!

1st Sep 2021
Julia Nabel and Dieu Anh Tran joined the department. Welcome!

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