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Exploring the Earth System

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.


Plant identification app "Flora Incognita" honored with Thuringian Research Prize
May 14, 2020
The interactive and automatic plant identification with the smartphone provides valuable data sets for biodiversity research. more

Towards a new generation of vegetation models
May 11, 2020
In a recent study improved criteria for next-generation dynamic vegetation models (DVM) were developed. The study, co-authored by S. Zaehle, appeared in Nature Plants. more

Detecting how COVID-19 reduces anthropogenic CO2 emissions in the atmosphere
May 04, 2020
ICOS scientists explain the challenge to detect the reduction of anthropogenic fossil fuel emissions, caused by the Corona crisis, by the European ICOS network of GHG measurement stations. more

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Recent Publications

Stronger global warming on nonrainy days in observations from China
Du, M., Kleidon, A., Sun, F., Renner, M., Liu, W. (2020) Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres. 125, e2019JD031792. doi:10.1029/2019JD031792.

Causes of slowing-down seasonal CO2 amplitude at Mauna Loa
Wang, K., Wang, Y., Wang, X., He, Y., Li, X., Keeling, R. F., Ciais, P., Heimann, M., Peng, S., Chevallier, F., Friedlingstein, P., Sitch, S., Buermann, W., Arora, V. K., Haverd, V., Jain, A. K., Kato, E., Lienert, S., Lombardozzi, D., Nabel, J. E. M. S., Poulter, B., Vuichard, N., Wiltshire, A., Zeng, N., Zhu, D., Piao, S. (in press) Global Change Biology. doi:10.1111/gcb.15162.

Large-scale biospheric drought response intensifies linearly with drought duration in arid regions
Orth, R., Destouni, G., Jung, M., Reichstein, M. (2020) Biogeosciences. 17, 2647-2656. doi:10.5194/bg-17-2647-2020.

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

Soil cos exchange: A comparison of three European ecosystems
Kitz, F., Spielmann, F. M., Hammerle, A., Kolle, O., Migliavacca, M., Moreno, G., Ibrom, A., Krasnov, D., Noe, S. M., Wohlfahrt, G. (2020) Global Biogeochemical Cycles. 34, e2019GB006202. doi:10.1029/2019GB006202.

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

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)

Video and Audio

The Jena Experiment (video)
Klima - der Kohlenstoffkreislauf (video)

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Future Events

MINT-Festival - postponed
September 15 - September 17, 2020

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May 28, 2020
2:00 pm internal seminar
Christian Hallmann
(Hallmann group)
New insights on the early evolution of marine algae

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