Welcome at the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry

Welcome at the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry


Focus on the Earth

We study how living organisms - including humans - exchange basic substances such as water, carbon, nitrogen as well as energy with their environment. We want to better understand how this exchange and global climate and environmental change influence each other.

Current News

What we know about climate today. The updated version of the climate change fact paper is available. 
Updated basic facts about climate change that are undisputed in the scientific community.

Research flights over Canada analyze greenhouse gases
In August and September 2022, the HALO research aircraft is on mission over Canada. Also on board is Dr. habil. Christoph Gerbig, group leader at the MPI for Biogeochemistry. Together with researchers from DLR, the University of Bremen and LMU Munich, the scientists want to find out more about the natural and anthropogenic sources and sinks of methane and carbon dioxide. The CoMet 2.0 Arctic mission will also test new instruments for measuring greenhouse gases.

Rising CO2 first impacts ecosystem productivity before hitting the water cycle
A new study reveals that surprisingly small increases in atmospheric CO2 lead to detectable effects on ecosystem functioning. Using simulations of the land surface model developed at the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, an international team of scientists finds that enhanced CO2 first affects entities of the carbon cycle such as vegetation productivity and the extension of leaf area.

Events

Scientific events

ATTO Workshop 2022

Oct 3, 2022 - Oct 6, 2022
National Institute of Amazonian Research INPA

Kick-Off Meeting of the BMBF-funded research project Integrated greenhouse gas monitoring system for Germany (ITMS)

Oct 18, 2022 09:00 AM (Local Time Germany) - Oct 20, 2022 05:30 AM
Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry

HK2023 - Climate crisis and systemic risks: Lessons Learned from COVID-19

Jun 21, 2023 - Jun 23, 2023
Herrenhausen Palace, Hanover, Germany

Public events

Long Night of Sciences Jena 2022 (LNDW 2022)

Nov 25, 2022 06:00 PM - 11:55 PM (Local Time Germany)
Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry

Seminars & colloquia

Seminar: Martin Jung

Flagging inconsistencies in FLUXNET data
Sep 29, 2022 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
Max-Planck-Institut für Biogeochemie, Room: Hörsaal (C0.001)

Seminar: Theertha Kariyathan

(Title to be announced later)
Oct 13, 2022 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
Max-Planck-Institut für Biogeochemie, Room: Hörsaal (C0.001)

Seminar: Sarosh Alam Ghausi

(Title to be announced later)
Oct 27, 2022 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
Max-Planck-Institut für Biogeochemie, Room: Hörsaal (C0.001)

Recent Publications

Liu, X.; Wang, H.; Wu, Y.; Bi, Q.-F.; Ding, K.; Lin, X.: Manure application effects on subsoils: Abundant taxa initiate the diversity reduction of rare bacteria and community functional alterations. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 174, 108816 (2022)
Orme, A. M.; Lange, M.; Benk, S.; Wicke, M.; Kolle, O.; Pohnert, G.; Gleixner, G.: Drought reduces release of plant matter into dissolved organic matter potentially restraining ecosystem recovery. Frontiers in Soil Science 2, 904259 (2022)
Akinyede, R.; Taubert, M.; Schrumpf, M.; Trumbore, S. E.; Küsel, K.: Temperature sensitivity of dark CO2 fixation in temperate forest soils. Biogeosciences 19 (17), pp. 4011 - 4028 (2022)
Zhan, C.; Orth, R.; Migliavacca, M.; Zaehle, S.; Reichstein, M.; Engel, J.; Rammig, A.; Winkler, A.: Emergence of the physiological effects of elevated CO2 on land-atmosphere exchange of carbon and water. Global Change Biology (2022)
Schulze, E. D.; Grimm, G. W.: Alles Bastarde: Die Buche, ein eurasisches Art-Mosaik. Biologie in unserer Zeit 52 (4), pp. 1 - 13 (2022)
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