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We contribute to the understanding of how living organisms – including humans - exchange fundamental resources like water, carbon, nitrogen and energy with their environment, and how this affects and responds to global climate and environmental change.


BGC is part of new excellence cluster granted to FSU Jena
September 28, 2018
In yesterdays decision of the international commission in Bonn, the project "Balance of the Microverse" from FSU Jena, with participation of MPI-BGC, was granted status as excellence cluster. more

New plants on the block: Taller species are taking over in a warming Arctic
September 26, 2018
In the tundra, increasingly higher-growing plant communities are spreading, a development attributed to climate change. more

558 million-year-old fat reveals earliest known animal
September 20, 2018
Fat molecules identify Dickinsonia as the oldest known fossil belonging to the animal kingdom. more

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Recent Publications

Controls of terrestrial ecosystem nitrogen loss on simulated productivity responses to elevated CO2
Meyerholt, J., Zaehle, S. (2018) Biogeosciences. 15, 5677-5698. doi:10.5194/bg-15-5677-2018.

Following the turnover of soil bioavailable phosphate in mediterranean savanna by oxygen stable isotopes
Weiner, T., Gross, A., Moreno, G., Migliavacca, M., Schrumpf, M., Reichstein, M., Hilman, B., Carrara, A., Angert, A. (2018) Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences. 123, 1850-1862. doi:10.1029/2017JG004086.

dimRed and coRanking—unifying dimensionality reduction in R
Kraemer, G., Reichstein, M., Mahecha, M. D. (2018) R Journal. 10, 342-358.

Potential of multi-temporal ALOS-2 PALSAR-2 ScanSAR data for vegetation height estimation in tropical forests of Mexico
Urbazaev, M., Cremer, F., Migliavacca, M., Reichstein, M., Schmullius, C., Thiel, C. (2018) Remote Sensing. 10, 1277. doi:10.3390/rs10081277.

Error budget of the MEthane Remote LIdar missioN (MERLIN) and its impact on the uncertainties of the global methane budget
Bousquet, P., Pierangelo, C., Bacour, C., Marshall, J., Peylin, P., Ayar, P. V., Ehret, G., Bréon, F.-M., Chevallier, F., Crevoisier, C., Gibert, F., Rairoux, P., Kiemle, C., Armante, R., Bès, C., Cassé, V., Chinaud, J., Chomette, O., Delahaye, T., Edouart, D., Estève, F., Fix, A., Friker, A., Klonecki, A., Wirth, M., Alpers, M., Millet, B. (in press) Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres. doi:10.1029/2018JD028907.

Ancient steroids establish the Ediacaran fossil Dickinsonia as one of the earliest animals
Bobrovskiy, I., Hope, J. M., Ivantsov, A., Nettersheim, B. J., Hallmann, C., Brocks, J. J. (2018) Science. 361, 1246-1249. doi:10.1126/science.aat7228.

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Biogeochemical Processes (Trumbore)
Biogeochemical Integration (Reichstein)
Biogeochemical Systems (N.N.)

Research Groups

Molecular Biogeochemistry (Gleixner)
Organic Paleobiogeochemistry (Hallmann)
Biospheric Theory & Modeling (Kleidon)
Hydrology-Biosphere-Climate (Orth)
Carbon Balance & Ecosystems (Schulze)
Theoretical Ecosystem Ecology (Sierra)
Functional Biogeography (Wirth & Kattge)
Terrestrial Biosphere Modelling (Zaehle)

Video and Audio

The Jena Experiment (video)
Klima - der Kohlenstoffkreislauf (video)
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Future Events

Noble Talks: "From the discovery of an unknown to successful antiviral therapy."
October 25, 2018

SIRS Project Meeting
December 05 - December 06, 2018

Events archive


October 25, 2018
2:00 pm internal seminar
Christian Hallmann
(Hallmann group)
The Ediacara biota and the geological record of early animals

Thomas Wutzler
(Reichstein department)
t. b. a.

November 01, 2018
2:00 pm
Christy Goodale
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

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