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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.


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

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

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Recent Publications

A second horizon scan of biogeography: Golden Ages, Midas touches, and the Red Queen.
Dawson, M. N., Axmacher, J. C., Beierkuhnlein, C., Blois, J. L., Bradley, B. A., Cord, A. F., Dengler, J., He, K. S., Heaney, L. S., Jansson, R., Mahecha, M. D., Myers, C., Nogués-Bravo, D., Papadoupoulou, A., Reu, B., Rodríguez-Sánchez, F., Steinbauer, M. J., Stigall, A. (2016) Frontiers of biogeography. 8, e29770. doi:10.21425/F58429770.

Methane fluxes in the high northern latitudes for 2005–2013 estimated using a Bayesian atmospheric inversion.
Thompson, R. L., Sasakawa, M., Machida, T., Aalto, T., Worthy, D., Lavric, J. V., Lund Myhre, C., Stohl, A. (2017) Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics. 17, 3553-3572. doi:10.5194/acp-17-3553-2017.

Flux calculation of short turbulent events – comparison of three methods.
Schaller, C., Göckede, M., Foken, T. (2017) Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics. 10, 869-880. doi:10.5194/amt-10-869-2017.

A revised hydrological model for the Central Amazon: The importance of emergent canopy trees in the forest water budget.
Kunert, N., Aparecido, L. M. T., Wolff, S., Higuchi, N., Santos, J. d., de Araujo, A. C., Trumbore, S. E. (2017) Agricultural and Forest Meteorology. 239, 47-57. doi:10.1016/j.agrformet.2017.03.002.

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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

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

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

Forsche Schüler am MPI für Biogeochemie
April 27, 2017

Events archive


March 28 ,2017
2:00 pm BSY Seminar
Chirag Dhara
(Kleidon group)
First order controls on surface climate and climate change

March 30 ,2017
2:00 pm internal seminar
Juergen Knauer
(Reichstein department)
Continental-scale implications of increasing water-use efficiency

Julia Joswig
(Fellow goup)
A comprehensive analysis on the environmental signal in plant traits.

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