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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.


Functioning of terrestrial ecosystems is governed by three main factors
September 22, 2021
Extensive research at more than 200 research sites around the world reveals that three universal key indicators provide information about ecosystem health. more

Compact information on climate research – 10 pages only (DKK)
August 31, 2021
It’s real. It’s us. Experts agree. It’s bad. There’s hope. (Leiserowitz, Yale University) more

Tropical rainforests differ in their vulnerability to threats imposed by land use and climate change
August 25, 2021
New vulnerability index (TFVI) uncovers different sensitivities between humid tropical rainforests across the globe and provides early warning signals for regions undergoing critical transitions. more

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Recent Publications

The three major axes of terrestrial ecosystem function
Migliavacca, M., Musavi, T., Mahecha, M. D., Nelson, J. A., Knauer, J., Baldocchi, D. D., Perez-Priego, O., Christiansen, R., Peters, J., Anderson, K., Bahn, M., Black, T. A., Blanken, P. D., Bonal, D., Buchmann, N., Caldararu, S., Carrara, A., Carvalhais, N., Cescatti, A., Chen, J., Cleverly, J., Cremonese, E., Desai, A. R., El-Madany, T. S., Farella, M. M., Fernández-Martínez, M., Filippa, G., Forkel, M., Galvagno, M., Gomarasca, U., Gough, C. M., Göckede, M., Ibrom, A., Ikawa, H., Janssens, I. A., Jung, M., Kattge, J., Keenan, T. F., Knohl, A., Kobayashi, H., Kraemer, G., Law, B. E., Liddell, M. J., Ma, X., Mammarella, I., Martini, D., Macfarlane, C., Matteucci, G., Montagnani, L., Pabon-Moreno, D. E., Panigada, C., Papale, D., Pendall, E., Penuelas, J., Phillips, R. P., Reich, P. B., Rossini, M., Rotenberg, E., Scott, R. L., Stahl, C., Weber, U., Wohlfahrt, G., Wolf, S., Wright, I. J., Yakir, D., Zaehle, S., Reichstein, M. (2021) Nature. doi:10.1038/s41586-021-03939-9

Sensitivity of estimated total canopy SIF emission to remotely sensed LAI and BRDF products
Zhang, Z., Zhang, Y., Chen, J. M., Ju, W., Migliavacca, M., El-Madany, T. S. (2021) Journal of Remote Sensing. 9795837. doi:10.34133/2021/9795837

Terrestrial ecosystems buffer inputs through storage and recycling of elements
Spohn, M., Aburto, F., Ehlers, T. A., Farwig, N., Frings, P. J., Hartmann, H., Hoffmann, T., Larsen, A., Oelmann, Y. (2021) Biogeochemistry. doi:10.1007/s10533-021-00848-x

Analysis of microbial populations in plastic-soil systems after exposure to high poly(butylene succinate-co-adipate) load using high-resolution molecular technique
Tanunchai, B., Juncheed, K., Wahdan, S. F. M., Guliyev, V., Udovenko, M., Lehnert, A.-S., Alves, E. G., Glaser, B., Noll, M., Buscot, F., Blagodatskaya, E., Purahong, W. (2021) Environmental sciences Europe. 33, 105. doi:10.1186/s12302-021-00528-5

Slowdown of the greening trend in natural vegetation with further rise in atmospheric CO2
Winkler, A., Myneni, R. B., Hannart, A., Sitch, S., Haverd, V., Lombardozzi, D., Arora, V. K., Pongratz, J., Nabel, J. E. M. S., Goll, D. S., Kato, E., Tian, H., Arneth, A., Friedlingstein, P., Jain, A. K., Zaehle, S., Brovkin, V. (2021) Biogeosciences. 18, 4985-5010. doi:10.5194/bg-18-4985-2021

Performance of singular spectrum analysis in separating seasonal and fast physiological dynamics of solar-induced chlorophyll fluorescence and PRI optical signals
Biriukova, K., Pacheco-Labrador, J., Migliavacca, M., Mahecha, M. D., Gonzalez-Cascon, R., Martín, M. P., Rossini, M. (2021) Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences. 126, e2020JG006158. doi:10.1029/2020JG006158

Global sensitivities of forest carbon changes to environmental conditions
Besnard, S., Santoro, M., Cartus, O., Fan, N., Linscheid, N., Nair, R., Weber, U., Koirala, S., Carvalhais, N. (2021) Global Change Biology. doi:10.1111/gcb.15877

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Departments (quick links)

Biogeochemical Processes (Trumbore)
Biogeochemical Integration (Reichstein)
Biogeochemical Signals (Zaehle)

Research Groups (quick links)

Molecular Biogeochemistry (Gleixner)
Organic Paleobiogeochemistry (Hallmann)
Biogeochemical Systems (Heimann)
Biospheric Theory & Modeling (Kleidon)
Hydrology-Biosphere-Climate (Orth)
Carbon Balance & Ecosystems (Schulze)
Theoretical Ecosystem Ecology (Sierra)
Functional Biogeography (Wirth & Kattge)
Extreme Events (Groucutt)

Video and Audio

The Flora Incognita Project (youtube video)
The Jena Experiment (video)
Klima - der Kohlenstoffkreislauf (video)

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Future Events

Radiocabon Short Course 2021 Ecosystems
September 14 - September 30, 2021

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Seminars and Colloquia

September 30, 2021
2:00 pm internal seminar
Ulisse Gomarasca
(department Reichstein)
Leaf economic and global spectrum of plant forms and functions at the ecosystem level: Are optimality principles scale-emergent

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