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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.


March for Science on Earth Day
April 21, 2017
On Saturday, April 22, 2017, the internationally celebrated "Earth Day", this year the "March for Science" will raise awareness of the importance of research for the society. more

Greenhouse gases and aerosoles: tug-of-war about climate
April 03, 2017
Within the series of "Noble talks" Prof Meinrat O. Andreae, director at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz, will talk about "Greenhouse gases and aerosoles: tug-of-war about climate". more

Worldwide atmospheric measurements with research aircraft HALO
March 14, 2017
National symposium for environmental and climate research using the HALO research aircraft more

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Recent Publications

The impacts of data constraints on the predictive performance of a general process-based crop model (PeakN-crop v1.0).
Caldararu, S., Purves, D. W., Smith, M. J. (2017) Geoscientific Model Development. 10, 1679-1701. doi:10.5194/gmd-10-1679-2017.

Benchmarking carbon fluxes of the ISIMIP2a biome models.
Chang, J., Ciais, P., Wang, X., Piao, S., Asrar, G., Betts, R., Chevallier, F., Dury, M., François, L., Frieler, K., Ros, A. G. C., Henrot, A.-J., Hickler, T., Ito, A., Morfopoulos, C., Munhoven, G., Nishina, K., Ostberg, S., Pan, S., Peng, S., Rafique, R., Reyer, C., Rödenbeck, C., Schaphoff, S., Steinkamp, J., Tian, H., Viovy, N., Yang, J., Zeng, N., Zhao, F. (2017) Environmental Research Letters. 12, 045002. doi:10.1088/1748-9326/aa63fa.

Modelling sun-induced fluorescence and photosynthesis with a land surface model at local and regional scales in northern Europe.
Thum, T., Zaehle, S., Köhler, P., Aalto, T., Aurela, M., Guanter, L., Kolari, P., Laurila, T., Lohila, A., Magnani, F., Tol, C. V. D., Markkanen, T. (2017) Biogeosciences. 14, 1969-1987. doi:10.5194/bg-14-1969-2017.

Consistent regional fluxes of CH4 and CO2 inferred from GOSAT proxy XCH4:XCO2 retrievals, 2010–2014.
Feng, L., Palmer, P. I., Bösch, H., Parker, R. J.., Webb, A. J., Correia, C. S. C., Deutscher, N. M., Domingues, L. G., Feist, D. G., Gatti, L. V., Gloor, E., Hase, F., Kivi, R., Liu, Y., Miller, J. B., Morino, I., Sussmann, R., Strong, K., Uchino, O., Wang, J., Zahn, A. (2017) Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics. 17, 4781-4797. doi:10.5194/acp-17-4781-2017.

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

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

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

Symposium: "The Northern Hemispheric Carbon Sink - Facts and Fiction"
May 29 - May 31, 2017

ESRP Meeting
June 01 - June 02, 2017

Events archive


May 04, 2017
11:00 am BGP seminar
Anke Hildebrandt
Investigating small scale spatial patterns of precipitation and soil water distribution in a beech forest

May 04, 2017
2:00 pm internal seminar
Gerd Gleixner
(Trumbore department)
t. b. a.

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