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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

Che w(a), R., Schlutow, M., Klein, R. (2022). Instability of the isothermal, hydrostatic equatorial atmosphere at rest under the full Coriolis acceleration. arXiv.
Melack, J. M., Basso, L. S., Fleischmann, A. S., Botia, S., Guo, M., Zhou, W., Barbosa, P. M., Amaral, J. H., MacIntyre, S. (2022). Challenges regionalizing methane emissions using aquatic environments in the Amazon Basin as examples. Frontiers of Environmental Science & Engineering, 10: 866082. doi:10.3389/fenvs.2022.866082.
Rödenbeck, C., DeVries, T., Hauck, J., Le Quéré, C., Keeling, R. F. (2022). Data-based estimates of interannual sea–air CO2flux variations 1957–2020 and their relation to environmental drivers. Biogeosciences, 19(10), 2627-2652. doi:10.5194/bg-19-2627-2022.
Yu, L., Caldararu, S., Ahrens, B., Wutzler, T., Schrumpf, M., Helfenstein, J., Pistocchi, C., Zaehle, S. (2022). Improved representation of phosphorus exchange on soil mineral surfaces reduces estimates of P limitation in temperate forest ecosystems. Biogeosciences Discussions. doi:10.5194/bg-2022-114.
Zhao, X., Chen, J., Marshall, J., Galkowski, M., Hachinger, S., Dietrich, F., Shekhar, A., Gensheimer, J., Wenzel, A., Gerbig, C. (2022). Understanding greenhouse gas (GHG) column concentrations in Munich using WRF. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics Discussions. doi:10.5194/acp-2022-281.

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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