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Climate researcher Ana Bastos receives Beutenberg Campus award 2022

Dr. Ana Bastos, group leader at Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry in Jena, was awarded the Beutenberg Campus science award in the category „outstanding junior research scientist”. more

No sign of a decline in global CO<sub>2</sub> emissions

The Global Carbon Project presents its new report on global greenhouse gas budget trends. For the current year, CO2 emissions are projected to be slightly higher than before the pandemic, only slightly below the 2019 peak. If emissions remain at this high level, stabilization of the climate and achievement of the Paris climate targets is questionable. more

Jänschwalde lignite-fired power plant in Niederlausitz, Brandenburg

Tracking greenhouse gases

October 20, 2022

The sources and sinks of greenhouse gases in Germany are to be better monitored in future. This is the goal of the Integrated Greenhouse Gas Monitoring System (ITMS) for Germany, which was officially launched with a three-day meeting from 18 to 20 October 2022 at the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry in Jena. The ITMS is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and aims to provide the German government and the public with reliable information on the state and development of greenhouse gas fluxes. more

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. more

Fog rises from a tropical rainforest. The still dark sky shows the imminent sunrise with single pink stripes.

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. more

Ecosystems get increasingly thirsty due to climate change

A new study shows that future ecosystem functioning will increasingly depend on water availability. Using recent simulations from climate models, an international team of scientists found several “hot spot regions” where increasing water limitation strongly affects ecosystems. These include Central Europe, the Amazon, and western Russia. more

Two scientists squat in a field, surrounded by their measuring instruments. In front of them is a box with bottles of sample water.

Microorganisms in aquifers deep below the earth’s surface produce similar amounts of biomass as those in some marine waters. Applying a unique, ultra-sensitive measurement method using radioactive carbon, researchers were able to demonstrate for the first time that these biotic communities in absolute darkness do not depend on sunlight. more

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