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Federal Minister Anja Karliczek visiting Beutenberg institutes
June 15, 2018
Anja Karliczek, the Federal Minister of Education and Research, visited the MPI-BGC and the Leibnitz-IPHT with a delegation of the BMBF. more

Annual Meeting of the Partnership Earth System Research
June 13, 2018
Earth system researchers from four Max Planck Institutes met at the beginning of june for a lively exchange on their findings and perspectives. more

Honorary doctorate for Prof. Dr. Ernst-Detlef Schulze
June 12, 2018
Prof. Dr. Ernst-Detlef Schulze was awarded an honorary doctorate as Doctor forestalium honoris causa of the Faculty of Forest Sciences and Forest Ecology of the Georg-August University Göttingen. more

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Recent Publications

Interannual variability of atmospheric CO2 concentrations over central Siberia from ZOTTO data for 2009–2015
Timokhina, A. V., Prokushkin, A. S., Panov, A. V., Kolosov, R. A., Sidenko, N. V., Lavric, J. V., Heimann, M. (2018) Russian Meteorology and Hydrology. 43, 288-294. doi:10.3103/S1068373918050023.

The sweet side of global change–dynamic responses of non-structural carbohydrates to drought, elevated CO2 and nitrogen fertilization in tree species
Li, W., Hartmann, H., Adams, H. D., Zhang, H., Jin, C., Zhao, C., Guan, D., Wang, A., Yuan, F., Wu, J. (2018) Tree Physiology. doi:10.1093/treephys/tpy059.

Revision of global carbon fluxes based on a reassessment of oceanic and riverine carbon transport
Resplandy, L., Keeling, R. F., Rödenbeck, C., Stephens, B. B., Khatiwala, S., Rodgers, K. B., Long, M. C., Bopp, L., Tans, P. P. (2018) Nature Geoscience. doi:10.1038/s41561-018-0151-3.

Origin context of trait data matters for predictions of community performance in a grassland biodiversity experiment
Roscher, C., Schumacher, J., Gubsch, M., Lipowsky, A., Weigelt, A., Buchmann, N., Schmid, B., Schulze, E. D. (2018) Ecology. 99, 1214-1226. doi:10.1002/ecy.2216.

The Anthropocene generalized: evolution of exo-civilizations and their planetary feedback
Frank, A., Carroll-Nellenback, J., Alberti, M., Kleidon, A. (2018) Astrobiology. 18, 503-518. doi:10.1089/ast.2017.1671.

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Biogeochemical Processes (Trumbore)
Biogeochemical Integration (Reichstein)
Biogeochemical Systems (N.N.)

Research Groups

Molecular Biogeochemistry (Gleixner)
Organic Paleobiogeochemistry (Hallmann)
Biospheric Theory & Modeling (Kleidon)
Hydrology-Biosphere-Climate (Orth)
Carbon Balance & Ecosystems (Schulze)
Theoretical Ecosystem Ecology (Sierra)
Functional Biogeography (Wirth & Kattge)
Terrestrial Biosphere Modelling (Zaehle)

Video and Audio

The Jena Experiment (video)
Klima - der Kohlenstoffkreislauf (video)
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Future Events

10th International Conference on Ecological Informatics
September 24 - September 28, 2018

Events archive


June 28, 2018
2:00 pm internal seminar
Bernhard Ahrens
(Reichstein department)
The capacity of soils to stabilize organic carbon by binding with mineral surfaces

Daniel Pabon-Moreno
(Reichstein department)
t. b. a.

June 29, 2018
1:00 pm
Michael White
Nature Publishing Group, San Francisco Bay Area, USA
Publishing with Nature: a climate science perspective

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