Current third-party projects

As a member of the German Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science, our institute is jointly funded by the German government and the State of Thuringia. In addition, our researchers very successfully acquire funding from competitive grant programs.

Below, current research projects are listed that have been competitively acquired from third parties, e.g. European Commission (EU), Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and other national ministries.

4C: Climate-Carbon Interactions in the Current Century
Duration: 6/2019 - 11/2023
Funding: EU, Horizon 2020 (Grant ID: 821003)
Contact: Sönke Zaehle more
AI4Biodiv: Artificial intelligence in biodiversity research
Duration: 10/2020 - 09/2024
Collaboration: TU Ilmenau (Data-intensive Systems and Visualization Group)
Funding: Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
Contact: Dr. Jana Wäldchen more
AQUA DIVA follow-up (Gleixner)
Importance of biological drivers and the water transport for the explanation of biodiversity effects on carbon and nitrogen storage in the soil
Duration: 7/2016 - 6/2025
Funding: DFG
Contact: Gerd Gleixner more
AQUA DIVA follow-up (Trumbore)
Exploring mechanisms underlying the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning.
Duration: 8/2016 - 6/2025
Funding: DFG
Contact: Susan Trumbore more
Earth system and climate studies at the Amazon Tall Tower Observatory (ATTO)
Duration: 8/2021 - 7/2024
Funding: BMBF (Grant ID: 01LK2101A)
Contact: Susan Trumbore more
Balzan Award: Carbon and Water Cycling in a Changing Amazon

Balzan Award: Carbon and Water Cycling in a Changing Amazon

Duration: 1/2022 - 12/2024
Funding: Internat. Foundation Prize E. Balzan Fond, Zürich
Contact: Susan Trumbore
BetterWeeds: Knowledge-based site-specific analysis for environmentally sustainable weed management in integrated crop production
Duration: 5/2021 - 4/2024
Funding: Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL)
Contact: Jana Wäldchen more
Biodiversity Exploratories
Duration: 5/2014 - 12/2023
Funding: DFG
Contact: Marion Schrumpf, Susan Trumbore more
CoCO2: Prototype system for a Copernicus CO2 service
Duration: 1/2021 - 12/2023
Funding: EU, HORIZON 2020
Contact: Martin Jung more
Constraining terrestrial gross primary productivity by joint measurements of the carbonyl sulfide exchange and sun-induced fluorescence
Duration: 10/2019 - 9/2022
Funding: DFG
Contact: Tarek El-Madany more
DeepCube: Big data technologies and Artificial Intelligence for Copernicus
Duration: 1/2021 - 12/2023
Funding: EU, HORIZON 2020; SPACE-2020 (Grant ID: 101004188)
Contact: Nuno Carvalhais more
DUKE: Deep-learning-based hybrid uncertainty-aware modeling of the coupled water and carbon cycle with Earth observation data
Duration: 1/2022 - 12/2023
Funding: DLR-RM-/BMWI-Förderrichtlinie
Contact: Basil Kraft, Martin Jung, Markus Reichstein more
E-SHAPE: EuroGEOSS Showcases: Applications Powered by Europe
Duration: 5/2019 - 4/2023
Funding: EU, HORIZON 2020; Unterauftrag CMCC (Grant ID: 820852)
Contact: Markus Reichstein, Martin Jung more


Ecosystem-based Adaptation and Changemaking to Shape, Protect and Maintain the Resilience of Tomorrow’s Forests
Duration: 09/2022 - 08/2027
Funding: EU-Horizon Europe (grant ID 101059498)
Contact: Henrik Hartmann


Knowledge intregration for spatio-temporal environment modeling
Duration: 01/2023 - 12/2027
Funding: Carl-Zeiss-Stiftung
Contact: Markus Reichstein
ESM2025: Earth system models for the future
Duration: 6/2021 - 5/2025
Funding: EU, HORIZON 2020
Contact: Nuno Carvalhais, Sönke Zaehle more
Flora Incognita++
Flora Incognita – Systematic and reliable monitoring of German flora as a citizen science challenge
Duration: 8/2019 - 7/2024
Funding: BfN, TMUEN, MPI für BGC
Contact: Jana Wäldchen more


September 01, 2022
Forest vulnerability  to compound extremes and disturbances in a changing climate
Duration: 09/2022 - 08/2027
Funding: ERC starting grant (Grant ID: 10103956)
Contact: Ana Bastos more
FOR 5000
Biotic interactions, species communities and eco-evolutionary dynamics as control variables of long-term relationships between biodiversity and ecosystem functions
Duration: 1/2020 - 12/2024
Funding: DFG
Contact: Gerd Gleixner, Markus Lange more
FÖV: Early warning system for ecosystem changes
Duration: 10/2016 - 4/2023
Funding: Zwillenberg-Tietz-Stiftung
Contact: Gerd Gleixner more


Improved understanding of greenhouse gas fluxes and radiative forcers, including carbon dioxide removal technologies
Duration: 07/2022 - 06/2026
Funding: EU- Horizon Europe (grant ID 101056921)
Contact: Mathias Göckede
Herrenhausen Conference
Climate crisis and systemic risks: Lessons Learned from COVID-19
Duration: 15.06.2022 - 30.09.2023
Funding: Volkswagen Stiftung, DFG Leibniz Award
Contact: Markus Reichstein, Dorothea Frank more


Inverse modeling of GHG fluxes using the CarboScope regional inversion system
Duration: 4/2012 - 12/2025
Funding: DWD
Contact: Christoph Gerbig


Joint project ITMS Integrated Greenhouse Gas Monitoring System for Germany - Module B (demonstration phase)
Duration: 08/2022 - 07/2026
Funding: BMBF
Contact: Gregory Duveiller


Joint project ITMS Integrated Greenhouse Gas Monitoring System for Germany - Module Coordination
Duration: 08/2022 - 07/2026
Funding: BMBF
Contact: Christoph Gerbig


Integrated Greenhouse Gas Monitoring System for Germany - Modelling, Phase 1 (Demonstration Phase) - CSR-Inversion
Duration: 12/2021 - 2/2026
Funding: BMBF
Contact: Christoph Gerbig


Joint project ITMS Integrated Greenhouse Gas Monitoring System for Germany - Module QS (demonstration phase)
Duration: 08/2022 - 07/2026
Funding: BMBF
Contact: Gregory Duveiller
LCC: Land Surface Carbon Constellation Study
Duration: 10/2020 - 3/2023
Funding: ESA, Sub-Contract with Lund University
Contact: Sönke Zaehle, Tarek El-Madany more
Monitoring biodiversity from space

Monitoring biodiversity from space

Monitoring biodiversity from space: exploring the potentials of ESA’s Copernicus and German national EO missions
Duration: 1/2020 - 6/2022
Funding: BMWi
Contact: Javier Pacheco-Labrador
Multi-hazard and systemic framework for enhancing risk-informed management and decision-making in the E.U.
Duration: 9/2021 - 8/2025
Funding: U Horizon 2020 (Grant ID: 101003276)
Contact: René Orth, Markus Reichstein, Dorothea Frank more
Natura Incognita: workflow platform for KI-based species identification
Duration: 12/2020 - 11/2023
Funding: Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU)
Contact: Jana Wäldchen more
Duration: 10/2021 - 10/2026
Funding: DFG
Contact: Markus Reichstein, Fabian Gans more
Permafrost thaw and the changing arctic coast: science for socio-economic adaptation
Duration: 11/2017 - 10/2022
Funding: EU, HORIZON 2020 (Grant ID: 773421)
Contact: Mathias Göckede more
oBEF-Accross 2
The potential of Earth observation to capture patterns of biodiversity European forests and analyze their resilience
Duration: 1/2020 - 6/2022
Funding: BMWi, DLR
Contact: Javier Pacheco-Labrador more
Open Earth Monitor
Open-Earth-Monitor aims to accelerate uptake of environmental information to guide users in research, decision-making and citizens toward the most sustainable solutions.
Duration: 01.06.2022 - 31.05.2026
Funding: EU-Horizon Europe (grant ID: 101059548)
Contact: Gregory Duveiller more
PAUL: Pilot Application in Urban Landscapes - Towards integrated city observatories for greenhouse gases

PAUL: Pilot Application in Urban Landscapes - Towards integrated city observatories for greenhouse gases

Duration: 10/2021 - 9/2025
Funding: EU, HORIZON 2020 (Grant ID: 101037319)
Contact: Armin Jordan, Christoph Gerbig


Duration: 4/2022 - 3/2025
Funding: DFG (Grant ID: MI 2418/4-1)
Contact: Alexander Winkler
PrOB: Project Office BIOMASS
Duration: 7/2020 - 4/2023
Funding: DLR
Contact: Nuno Carvalhais, Markus Reichstein more
Q-ARCTIC: Quantify disturbance impacts on feedbacks between Arctic permafrost and global climate
Duration: 10/2021 - 9/2027
Funding: EU, HORIZON 2020 - ERC synergy grant (Grant ID: 951288)
Contact: Annett Bartsch, Victor Brovkin, Mathias Göckede, Martin Heimann more
RiGHGorous: Research for an integrated GreenHouse Gas monitoring system and for its use at DWD

RiGHGorous: Research for an integrated GreenHouse Gas monitoring system and for its use at DWD

Duration: 1/2020 - 1/2023
Funding: BMVI
Contact: Christoph Gerbig
Earth System Deep Learning for Seasonal Fire Forecasting in Europe
Duration: 3/2022 - 3/2023
Funding: ESA (subcontract)
Contact: Nuno Carvalhais
Sen4GPP, Sentinels4Carbon

Sen4GPP, Sentinels4Carbon

Sentinel missions for Terrestrial Carbon Production
Duration: 06/2021 - 05/2023
Funding: ESA sub-contract
Contact: Martin Jung, Gregory Duveiller
STELLAR: Stable isotope metrology to enable climate action and regulation
Duration: 9/2020 - 8/2023
Funding: EU, HORIZON 2020 und EURAMET (Grant ID: 864769)
Contact: Heiko Moossen more
TransTiP: Geoecosystems in transition on the Tibet Plateau

TransTiP: Geoecosystems in transition on the Tibet Plateau

Duration: 1/2019 - 6/2022
Funding: DFG, Weiterleitungsvertrag mit TU Braunschweig
Contact: Carlos Sierra
USMILE: Understanding and Modelling the Earth System with Machine Learning
Duration: 9/2020 - 8/2026
Funding: EU, HORIZON 2020 - ERC synergy grant (Grant ID: 855187)
Contact: Markus Reichstein more


Invigorating Hydrological Science and Teaching: merging key Legacies with new Concepts and Paradigms
Duration: 05/2022 - 04/2028
Funding: VW-Stiftung, Sub-contract KIT
Contact: Axel Kleidon
XAIDA: Extreme Events: Artificial Intellegence for Detection and Attribution
Duration: 9/2021 - 8/2025
Funding: EU Horizon 20202 (Grant ID: 101003469)
Contact: Ana Bastos, Markus Reichstein more
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