How do ecosystems respond to changing weather patterns, rising temperatures and increasing carbon dioxide concentrations? Is the effect of precipitation more important than that of temperature? Or are ecosystem dynamics more strongly affected by nutrient availability? What is the role of extreme events in shaping biogeochemical cycles? To find out the answers we need to understand the interactions among three complex systems: climate, vegetation, and soil. Thus, we combine experiments and in-situ long-term observation with Earth Observations gathered by aircraft and satellites across a range of spatial scales, and embrace data-driven machine learning and theory-driven mechanistic modelling. With our research, we try to understand how the terrestrial biosphere reacts to and exerts feedbacks on ongoing environmental change and variation in atmospheric conditions.
Fawcett, D.; Sitch, S.; Ciais, P.; Wigneron, J. P.; Silva-Junior, C. H. L.; Heinrich, V.; Vancutsem, C.; Achard, F.; Bastos, A.; Yang, H.et al.; Li, X.; Albergel, C.; Friedlingstein, P.; Aragão, L. E. O. C.: Declining Amazon biomass due to deforestation and subsequent degradation losses exceeding gains. Global Change Biology 29 (4), pp. 1106 - 1118 (2023)
Yang, H.; Munson, S. M.; Huntingford, C.; Carvalhais, N.; Knapp, A. K.; Li, X.; Peñuelas, J.; Zscheischler, J.; Chen, A.: The detection and attribution of extreme reductions in vegetation growth across the global land surface. Global Change Biology (accepted)