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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.


Sustainable forest management contributes more to climate protection than forest wilderness
February 07, 2020
The replacement of fossil fuels with wood from sustainably managed forests saves carbon dioxide. more

Increase in global CO2 emissions has slowed down
December 11, 2019
The annual global carbon budget was published for 2019. Sönke Zaehle and Christian Rödenbeck of MPI-BGC were involved. more

Markus Reichstein receives Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize
December 05, 2019
For his research on the interactions between climate and biosphere, Prof. Markus Reichstein was awarded by the DFG with the most highly endowed research prize in Germany. more

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Recent Publications

Spectral sizing of a coarse-spectral-resolution satellite sensor for XCO2
Wilzewski, J. S., Roiger, A., Strandgren, J., Landgraf, J., Feist, D. G., Velazco, V. A., Deutscher, N. M., Morino, I., Ohyama, H., Té, Y., Kivi, R., Warneke, T., Notholt, J., Dubey, M., Sussmann, R., Rettinger, M., Hase, F., Shiomi, K., Butz, A. (2020) Atmospheric Measurement Techniques. 13, 731-745. doi:10.5194/amt-13-731-2020.

On the importance of root traits in seedlings of tropical tree species
Boonman, C. C. F., van Langevelde, F., Oliveras, I., Couedon, J., Luijken, N., Martini, D., Veenendaal, a. E. M. (2020) New Phytologist. doi:10.1111/nph.16370.

Frost and drought: effects of extreme weather events on stem carbon dynamics in a Mediterranean beech forest
D’Andrea, E., Rezaie, N., Prislan, P., Gricar, J., Muhr, J., Collalti, A., Matteucci, G. (2020) bioRxiv. doi:10.1101/806026.

Available and missing data to model impact of climate change on European forests
Ruiz-Benito, P., Vacchiano, G., Lines, E. R., Reyer, C. P., Ratcliffe, S., Morin, X., Hartig, F., Mäkelä, A., Yousefpour, R., Chaves, J. E., Palacios-Orueta, A., Benito-Garzón, M., Morales-Molino, C., Camarero, J. J., Jump, A. S., Kattge, J., Lehtonen, A., Ibrom, A., Owen, H. J., Zavala, M. A. (2020) Ecological Modelling. 416, 108870. doi:10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2019.108870.

Tropical trees as time capsules of anthropogenic activity
Caetano-Andrade, V. L., Clement, C. R., Weigel, D., Trumbore, S. E., Boivin, N., Schöngart, J., Roberts, P. (2020) Trends in Plant Science. 1902, doi:10.1016/j.tplants.2019.12.010.

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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

Forsche Schüler am MPI-BGC
March 26, 2020

September 15 - September 17, 2020

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February 20, 2020
2:00 pm internal seminar
David Herrera
(Trumbore department)
Probability distributions of non-structural carbon ages and transit times provide insights in carbon allocation dynamics of mature trees

Susanne Tautenhahn
(Fellow group)
On the intraspecific variability of plant functional traits

March 05, 2020
2:00 pm internal seminar
Kasun Gayantha
(Trumbore department)
Southward migration of inter-tropical convergence zone during Mid-Late Holocene: New evidence from Sri Lanka

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