Current projects

Duration: October 2021 - September 2027
Group members involved: Mathias Göckede, Mark Schlutow, Abdullah Bolek, Judith Vogt, Nathalie Triches, Kseniia Ivanova

The ERC-Synergy project Q-Arctic (2021-2027) aims at establishing a next generation coupled land-surface model that explicitly resolves highest resolution landscape features and disturbance processes in the Arctic. Model development will be informed by novel remote sensing methodologies linking landscape characteristics and change potential at an exceptional level of detail. The contributions of our group at MPI-BGC will focus on interdisciplinary observations at multiple spatiotemporal scales, intended to deliver novel insight into permafrost carbon cycle processes. All components are essential for our objective to generate an unprecedented process-based projection of permafrost sustainability under future scenarios with a focus on abrupt changes. more
Duration: Juli 2022 - June 2026
Group members involved: Mathias Göckede, Judith Vogt

The overall objective of GreenFeedBack is to enhance our understanding of key processes of the terrestrial biosphere - freshwater - ocean continuum in surface-atmosphere GHG exchange, the connection between them, and the impacts from human pressures. The project will primarily focus on enhancing our understanding of the GHG exchange processes, biogeochemical cycles and feedback mechanisms in high latitude terrestrial and freshwater systems, marine shelves and ocean areas and thereby advance the process-based representation of ecosystems in Earth System Models (ESM), allowing for more certain climate change projections from which climate mitigation and adaptation strategies can be evaluated.  more
Duration: May 2022 - April 2024
Group members involved: Mathias Göckede

The Arctic Methane and Permafrost Challenge (AMPAC) is a transatlantic initiative by NASA and ESA. The project strives to address key questions related to the Arctic methane cycle in the context of climate change. Activities include synergistic assimilation of measurements, improvement of satellite retrievals with a clear focus on high latitudes, and promoting new dedicated satellite sensors as well as improving validation of existing and upcoming satellite missions. AMPAC-net is a networking activity bringing together experts in remote sensing (terrestrial and atmosphere), in situ measurements in permafrost environments and geospatial data dissemination in order to facilitate activities encompassing gap analyses, data collection, benchmarking and Bottom-up Top-down synthesis. more
Permafrost Pathways
Duration: April 2022 - March 2028
Group members involved: Mathias Göckede, Martijn Pallandt

Permafrost Pathways was launched in 2022 with funding through the TED Audacious Project — a collaborative funding initiative catalyzing big, bold solutions to the world’s most urgent challenges. Through a joint effort between Woodwell Climate Research Center, the Arctic Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School, and the Alaska Institute for Justice, Permafrost Pathways brings together leading experts in climate science, policy action, and environmental justice to inform and develop adaptation and mitigation strategies to address permafrost thaw. more
Duration: November 2022 - October 2025
Group members involved: Mathias Göckede, Luana Basso

The BMBF-funded project MOMENT will address important gaps in process understanding of the high-latitude methane cycle. The project will combine laboratory studies and multi-scale methane field observations based with various modeling approaches. Through an innovative model-data integration framework, novel datasets will allow us to develop and evaluate land surface schemes across terrestrial and aquatic systems and multiple scales. The overarching objective is to reduce uncertainties related to Arctic methane budgets in future greenhouse gas projections.

Completed Projects

Duration: November 2017 - October 2023
Group members involved: Mathias Göckede, Sandra Raab

The EU-funded Nunataryuk project (2017-2023) will determine the impacts of thawing coastal and subsea permafrost on the global climate, and will develop targeted and co-designed adaptation and mitigation strategies for the Arctic coastal population. Our group will contribute to efforts to connect research between the terrestrial, aquatic and coastal spheres, with a specific focus on the lateral export of carbon from a waterlogged permafrost ecosystem. more


Duration: Dezember 2018 - November 2021
Group members involved: Mathias Göckede, Fabrice Lacroix

The overarching aim of the DFG-funded CaSPer project is to constrain the net effect of competing processes linked to the availability of Silicon (Si) and Calcium (Ca) and their effect on Phosphoros (P) availability on the mineralization of natural organic matter in degrading permafrost soils, and quantify potential feedbacks with climate change. Our group will assimilate the new datasets provided by project partners into biogeochemical process models with the objective to improve the representation of (micro-)nutrient effects on permafrost carbon cycling under future climate scenarios


Duration: June 2017 - May 2020
Group members involved: Mathias Göckede

The BMBF-funded KoPf project improves - based on observations and numerical simulations - the knowledge on the impact of climate and environmental change on permafrost carbon fluxes and the underlying processes. The terrestrial permafrost research is conducted in a multi-institutional cooperation with a focus on Siberia. Our group primarily works on the Siberian methane cycle, with a particular focus on atmospheric inversions to validate fluxes simulated with the process model JSBACH at regional scales.
INTAROS: An Integrated Arctic Observing System
Duration: December 2016 - November 2021
Group members involved: Mathias Göckede, Martijn Pallandt

The EU-funded INTAROS project (2016-2022) aimed at developing an efficient integrated Arctic Observation System by extending, improving and unifying existing and evolving systems in the different regions of the Arctic. Our group contributed by assessing terrestrial greenhouse gas monitoring systems in the Arctic, adding new greenhouse gas observation infrastructure to fill critical gaps, and demonstrating the use of an integrated database through multi-disciplinary data assimilation to constrain Arctic carbon budgets at regional scales. more
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