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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.


German ministry supports ATTO tower projects for climate research in the Amazon
May 19, 2017
Following its establishment as a German-Brazilian collaboration, ATTO receives further German funding for a network research program on the role of Amazon tropical forests in the Earth system. more

New Max Planck Partner Group investigates GHG budgets in India
May 11, 2017
Former Postdoc of the Heimann department, D. Pillai, will lead a new partner group in Bhopal, India, analysing sources and sinks of greenhouse gases over the Indian subcontinent. more

March for Science on Earth Day
April 21, 2017
On Saturday, April 22, 2017, the internationally celebrated "Earth Day", this year the "March for Science" will raise awareness of the importance of research for the society. more

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Recent Publications

Coverage of high biomass forests by the ESA BIOMASS mission under defense restrictions.
Carreiras, J. M., Quegan, S., Le Toan, T., Minh, D. H. T., Saatchi, S. S., Carvalhais, N., Reichstein, M., Scipal, K. (2017) Remote Sensing of Environment. 196, 154-162. doi:10.1016/j.rse.2017.05.003.

Impacts of ENSO on air-sea oxygen exchange: observations and mechanisms.
Eddebbar, Y. A., Long, M. C., Resplandy, L., Rödenbeck, C., Rodgers, K. B., Manizza, M., Keeling, R. F. (in press) Global Biogeochemical Cycles. doi:10.1002/2017GB005630.

Winter ecology of a subalpine grassland: Effects of snow removal on soil respiration, microbial structure and function.
Gavazov, K., Ingrisch, J., Hasibeder, R., Mills, R. T. E., Buttler, A., Gleixner, G., Pumpanen, J., Bahn, M. (2017) Science of the Total Environment. 590, 316-324. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.03.010.

Change of methane production pathway with sediment depth in a lake on the Tibetan plateau.
Liu, Y., Conrad, R., Yao, T., Gleixner, G., Claus, P. (2017) Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology. 474, 279-286. doi:10.1016/j.palaeo.2016.06.021.

Wood decay rates of 13 temperate tree species in relation to wood properties, enzyme activities and organismic diversities.
Kahl, T., Arnstadt, T., Baber, K., Baessler, C., Bauhus, J., Borken, W., Buscot, F., Floren, A., Heibl, C., Hessenmöller, D., Hofrichter, M., Hoppe, B., Kellner, H., Krueger, D., Linsenmair, K. E., Matzner, E., Otto, P., Purahong, W., Seilwinder, C., Schulze, E. D., Wende, B., Weisser, W. W., Gossner, M. M. (2017) Forest Ecology and Management. 391, 86-95. doi:10.1016/j.foreco.2017.02.012.

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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

Symposium: "The Northern Hemispheric Carbon Sink - Facts and Fiction"
May 29 - May 31, 2017

ESRP Meeting
June 01 - June 02, 2017

Subsom Mixed Models Workshop
June 13 - June 14, 2017

Events archive


June 06, 2017
5 pm Joint MPI-CE / MPI-BGC colloquium
Pierre-Jean Male
Harvard University, USA
Evolutionary ecology of ant-plant mutualisms in Amazonian rainforest

June 08, 2017
11:00 am BGP seminar
Su Ding
(Trumbore department)
Uncommon distributions of GDGTs in the aquifers from Hainich, western Thuringia, Germany

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