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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.


Artificial Intelligence to boost Earth system science
February 14, 2019
Artificial intelligence (AI) can make a significant contribution to improving climate and Earth system models and related predictions. more

Wind energy supplies almost three quarters of expected electrical energy
February 06, 2019
Is the contribution of wind energy to the electricity mix correctly estimated? Scientists from the MPI-BGC investigated the expected efficiency of wind turbines and compared it with the real values. more

How predatory plankton created modern ecosystems after ‘Snowball Earth’
January 29, 2019
Tiny amounts of ancient molecules provide clues as to how living creatures on our planet formed after 50 million years of ice cover. more

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Recent Publications

Global soil nitrous oxide emissions since the preindustrial era estimated by an ensemble of terrestrial biosphere models: Magnitude, attribution, and uncertainty
Tian, H., Yang, J., Xu, R., Lu, C., Canadell, J. G., Davidson, E. A., Jackson, R. B., Arneth, A., Chang, J., Ciais, P., Gerber, S., Ito, A., Joos, F., Lienert, S., Messina, P., Olin, S., Pan, S., Peng, C., Saikawa, E., Thompson, R. L., Vuichard, N., Winiwarter, W., Zaehle, S., Zhang, B. (2019) Global Change Biology. 25, 640-659. doi:10.1111/gcb.14514.

Flood hazard assessment of the Rhône river revisited with reconstructed discharges from lake sediments
Evin, G., Wilhelm, B., Jenny, J.-P. (2019) Global and Planetary Change. 172, 114-123. doi:10.1016/j.gloplacha.2018.09.010.

Have wind turbines in Germany generated electricity as would be expected from the prevailing wind conditions in 2000-2014?
Germer, S., Kleidon, A. (2019) PLoS One. 14, e0211028. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0211028.

Extreme anomaly event detection in biosphere using linear regression and a spatiotemporal MRF model
García, Y. G., Shadaydeh, M., Mahecha, M. D., Denzler, J. (2018) Natural Hazards. doi:10.1007/s11069-018-3415-8.

An image transform based on temporal decomposition
Cremer, F., Urbazaev, M., Berger, C., Mahecha, M. D., Schmullius, C., Thiel, C. (2018) IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters. 15, 537-541. doi:10.1109/LGRS.2018.2791658.

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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)
Hydrology-Biosphere-Climate (Orth)
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

Earth System PhD Conference (ESPC 2019)
March 13 - March 15, 2019

Forsche Schüler am MPI für Biogeochemie
March 28, 2019

BGC scientists (co-)organize EGU 2019 sessions
April 07 - April 12, 2019

Events archive


February 21, 2019
2:00 pm internal seminar
Muye Du
(Kleidon group)
t. b. a.

Simon Benk
(Trumbore department)
Chasing Surface Inputs of 14C-young Dissolved Organic Matter Through a Karstic Aquifer System

March 28, 2019
2:00 pm Alumni talk
Franziska Guenther
University Duisburg-Essen
Insights into science management

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