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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.


Ambarchik video: Permafrost research at the Siberian arctic coast
January 25, 2018
In a new video, climate research of MPI-BGC scientists Friedemann Reum and Mathias Goeckede at the remote Siberian arctic coast is portrayed. more

Rare climate sequence leads to extraordinary plant growth in Spain
January 23, 2018
How do short-term climate extremes affect ecosystems? With the results from field stations in Spain, the consequences of extreme weather conditions for plant growth can be demonstrated. more

New formulas for exploring the age structure of non-linear dynamical systems
January 22, 2018
Scientists from MPI-BGC developed a new mathematical theory with formulas and algorithms as well as a computer program to investigate non-linear dynamical sytems. more

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Recent Publications

Living on next to nothing: tree seedlings can survive weeks with very low carbohydrate concentrations.
Weber, R., Schwendener, A., Schmid, S., Lambert, S., Wiley, E., Landhäusser, S. M., Hartmann, H., Hoch, G. (2018) New Phytologist. doi:10.1111/nph.14987.

Hierarchical integration of individual tree and area-based approaches for savanna biomass uncertainty estimation from airborne LiDAR.
Goldbergs, G., Levick, S. R., Lawes, M., Edwards, A. (2018) Remote Sensing of Environment. 205, 141-150. doi:10.1016/j.rse.2017.11.010.

Traits and climate are associated with first flowering day in herbaceous species along elevational gradients.
Bucher, S. F., König, P., Menzel, A., Migliavacca, M., Ewald, J., Römermann, C. (2018) Ecology and Evolution. 8, 1147-1158. doi:10.1002/ece3.3720.

Inverse modelling of European CH4 emissions during 2006–2012 using different inverse models and reassessed atmospheric observations.
Bergamaschi, P., Karstens, U., Manning, A. J., Saunois, M., Tsuruta, A., Berchet, A., Vermeulen, A. T., Arnold, T., Janssens-Maenhout, G., Hammer, S., Levin, I., ?Schmidt, M., Ramonet, M., Lopez, M., Lavric, J. V., Aalto, T., Chen, H., Feist, D. G., Gerbig, C., Haszpra, L., Hermansen, O., Manca, G., Moncrieff, J., Meinhardt, F., Necki, J., Galkowski, M., O'Doherty, S., Paramonova, N., Scheeren, H. A., Steinbacher, M., Dlugokencky, E. (2018) Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics. 18, 901-920. doi:10.5194/acp-18-901-2018.

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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)
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

IMPRS-gBGC Retreat 2018
February 20 - February 21, 2018

IMPRS-gBGC Recruitment Symposium
April 23 - April 24, 2018

Forsche Schüler Tag am MPI für Biogeochemie
April 26, 2018

Events archive


February 19, 2018
1:00 pm
Ulla Weber
Strategies for gender equality at the Max Planck society

February 22, 2018
2:00 pm internal seminar
Martijn Pallandt
(BSY department)
Evaluation of the pan-Arctic ecosystem scale greenhouse gas measurement network

Paul Bodesheim
(Reichstein department)
t. b. a.

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