Department Biogeochemical Integration

Department Biogeochemical Integration

Prof. Dr. Markus Reichstein

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.

Latest key publications


Denissen, J. M. C., Teuling, A. J., Pitman, A. J., Koirala, S., Migliavacca, M., Li, W., Reichstein, M., Winkler, A., Zhan, C., Orth, R. (2022). Widespread shift from ecosystem energy to water limitation with climate change. Nature Climate Change. doi:10.1038/s41558-022-01403-8.
Li, W., Migliavacca, M., Forkel, M., Denissen, J. M. C., Reichstein, M., Yang, H., Duveiller, G., Weber, U., Orth, R. (2022).
Widespread increasing vegetation sensitivity to soil moisture.
Nature Communications, 13: 3959.
Katal, N., Rzanny, M., Mäder, P., Wäldchen, J. (2022).
Deep learning in plant phenological research: A systematic literature review.
Frontiers in Plant Science, 13: 805738
Krich, C., Mahecha, M. D., Migliavacca, M., Kauwe, M. D., Griebel, A., Runge, J., Miralles, D. G. (2022).
Decoupling between ecosystem photosynthesis and transpiration: a last resort against overheating.
Environmental Research Letters, 17(4): 17 044013.
Pacheco-Labrador, J., Migliavacca, M., Ma, X., Mahecha, M. D., Carvalhais, N., Weber, U., Benavides, R., Bouriaud, O., Barnoaie, I., Coomesl, D. A., Bohn, F. J., Kraemer, G., Heide, U., Huth, A., Wirth, C. (2022).
Challenging the link between functional and spectral diversity with radiative transfer modeling and data.
Remote Sensing of Environment, 280: 113170.
Luo, Y., Pacheco-Labrador, J., Richardson, A. D., Seyednasrollah, B., Perez-Priego, O., Gonzalez-Cascone, R., Martín, M. P., Moreno, G., Nair, R., Wutzler, T., Bucher, S. F., Carrara, A., Cremonese, E., El-Madany, T. S., Filippa, G., Galvagno, M., Hammer, T. W., Ma, X., Martini, D., Zhang, Q., Reichstein, M., Menzel, A., Römermann, C., Migliavacca, M. (2022).
Evergreen broadleaf greenness and its relationship with leaf flushing, aging, and water fluxes.
Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 323: 109060.
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