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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.


Project on Arctic observation kicked-off
February 20, 2017
More than one hundred polar scientists gathered in Bergen to launch the new project 'Integrated Arctic Observing System (INTAROS)' aiming at monitoring the changes of the Arctic region. more

Fluxnet interview with Martin Jung
February 08, 2017
Marin Jung, group leader in the department Biogeochemical Integration and Fluxnet scientist gives insight into his research and more...check out his interview! more

15 years of Jena Experiment
February 07, 2017
With a scientific symposium the FSU Jena and iDiv want to celebrate 15 Years of the Jena Experiment. more

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Recent Publications

Tree mortality across biomes is promoted by drought intensity, lower wood density and higher specific leaf area.
Greenwood, S., Ruiz-Benito, P., Martinez-Vilalta, J., Lloret, F., Kitzberger, T., Allen, C. D., Fensham, R., Laughlin, D. C., Kattge, J., Bönisch, G., Kraft, N. J. B., Jump, A. S. (2017) Ecology Letters. doi:10.1111/ele.12748.

Interactions among temperature, moisture, and oxygen concentrations in controlling decomposition rates.
Sierra, C., Malghani, S., Loescher, H. W. (2017) Biogeosciences. 14, 703-710. doi:10.5194/bg-14-703-2017.

Evaluation of climate-related carbon turnover processes in global vegetation models for boreal and temperate forests.
Thurner, M., Beer, C., Ciais, P., Friend, A. D., Ito, A., Kleidon, A., Lomas, M. R., Quegan, S., Rademacher, T. T., Schaphoff, S., Tum, M., Wiltshire, A., Carvalhais, N. (in press) Global Change Biology. doi:10.1111/gcb.13660.

Increasing carbon availability stimulates growth and secondary metabolites via modulation of phytohormones in winter wheat.
Huang, J., Reichelt, M., Chowdhury, S., Hammerbacher, A., Hartmann, H. (2017) Journal of Experimental Botany. doi:10.1093/jxb/erx008.

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BGC Processes (Trumbore)
BGC Systems (Heimann)
BGC Integration (Reichstein)

Research Groups

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

Video and Audio

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

IMPRS workshop Grant Proposal Writing 2017
March 01 - March 02, 2017

Treibhausgase und Aerosole: Das Tauziehen ums Klima
April 06, 2017

BGC scientists (co-)organize EGU 2017 sessions
April 23 - April 28, 2017

Events archive


March 02 ,2017
2:00 pm internal seminar
Nuno Carvalhais
(Reichstein department)
Reducing a multi-model ensemble spread in carbon flux estimates through multiple constraints approaches

Axel Kleidon
(Kleidon group)
Update on (1) wind energy and (2) surface-atmosphere interactions

March 09 ,2017
2:00 pm
Tanja Sanders
Thuenen Institut fuer Waldoekosysteme
Detecting inter- and intra-species specific climate responses of European tree species

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