Cost Actions and other networks

Coordinator: Markus Reichstein, Dorothea Frank

The Knowledge-Action Network (KAN) on Emergent Risks and Extreme Events provides an open platform for scientific communities from across science disciplines and engineering working on extreme events, disaster risk reduction and governance to exchange information, knowledge and data and engage in collaborative research activities. The Knowledge Action Network on Emergent Risks and Extreme Events, a Future Earth GRN, is a joint initiative of the Future Earth, IRDR, WCRP and WWRP programs.

Participating department members: Markus Reichstein, Dorothea Frank more
Coordinator: Markus Reichstein

FLUXNET, a "network of regional networks" coordinates regional and global analyses of eddy covariance observations from micrometeorological tower sites. Together with Dario Papale, Viterbo and Dennis Baldocchi, Berkeley, and in collaboration with regional networks and Microsoft Research and Berkeley Water Centre, we have been preparing a new generation FLUXNET dataset, for that a pre-version was discussed on the last workshop in La Thulie, Italy: 12-22 Feb 2007

Participating department members: Markus Reichstein more
iDiv - German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research
Coordinator: jointly hosted by the University of Leipzig (UL), the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU), and the Friedrich Schiller University Jena (FSU)

The central mission of the iDiv is to promote theory-driven synthesis and experiments and data-driven theory in biodiversity sciences, and provide the scientific foundation for a sustainable management of the earth’s biodiversity.
The main deliverables of the centre are (i) novel experimental and meta-analytical tests of existing theories, (ii) novel theories inspired by and testable with data, and (iii) practical solutions for improving biodiversity conservation. This will be supported by existing, as well as several new experimental and database-platforms.

Participating BGI department members (from other MPI-BGC departments):
Jens Kattge, Miguel Mahecha, Markus Reichstein, Sue Trumbore more
TRY - Quantifying and scaling global plant trait diversity
Coordinator: TRY is a network of vegetation scientists headed by DIVERSITAS, IGBP, iDiv, the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry and an international Advisory Board

To improve the empirical data basis for such projections, in 2007 the TRY project was initiated, aimed at bringing together the different plant trait databases worldwide. In this context TRY is not an acronym, rather a statement of sentiment. Since 2007 the TRY database has accomplished an unprecedented coverage. It contains 3 million trait records for 750 traits of 1 million individual plants, representing 69,000 plant species. About half of the data are geo-referenced, providing a global coverage of more than 8000 measurement sites.

Participating BGI department members (from other MPI-BGC departments):
Gerhard Boenisch, Angela Guenther, Jens Kattge, Talie Musavi, Markus Reichstein, Franziska Schrodt more
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