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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.


Kick-off meeting with partner group in Bhopal, India
March 15, 2018
MPI-BGC scientist were visiting the Max Planck Partner Group at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research in Bhopal. more

The Max Planck Society celebrates its 70th anniversary
February 26, 2018
The Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science was founded 70 years ago. more

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

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Recent Publications

Regional environmental conditions shape microbial community structure stronger than local forest management intensity.
Richter, A., Schöning, I., Kahl, T., Bauhus, J., Ruess, L. (2018) Forest Ecology and Management. 409, 250-259. doi:10.1016/j.foreco.2017.11.027.

Global Carbon Budget 2017.
Le Quéré, C., Andrew, R. M., Friedlingstein, P., Sitch, S., Pongratz, J., Manning, A. C., Korsbakken, J. I., Peters, G. P., Canadell, J. G., Jackson, R. B., Boden, T. A., Tans, P. P., Andrews, O. D., Arora, V. K., Bakker, D. C. E., Barbero, L., Becker, M., Betts, R. A., Bopp, L., Chevallier, F., Chini, L. P., Ciais, P., Cosca, C. E., Cross, J., Currie, K., Gasser, T., Harris, I., Hauck, J., Haverd, V., Houghton, R. A., Hunt, C. W., Hurtt, G., Ilyina, T., Jain, A. K., Kato, E., Kautz, M., Keeling, R. F., Goldewijk, K. K., Körtzinger, A., Landschützer, P., Lefèvre, N., Lenton, A., Lienert, S., Lima, I., Lombardozzi, D., Metzl, N., Millero, F., Monteiro, P. M. S., Munro, D. R., Nabel, J. E. M. S., Nakaoka, S.-i., Nojiri, Y., Padín, X. A., Peregon, A., Pfeil, B., Pierrot, D., Poulter, B., Rehder, G., Reimer, J., Rödenbeck, C., Schwinger, J., Séférian, R., Skjelvan, I., Stocker, B. D., Tian, H., Tilbrook, B., van der Laan-Luijkx, I. T., van der Werf, G. R., van Heuven, S., Viovy, N., Vuichard, N., Walker, A. P., Watson, A. J., Wiltshire, A. J., Zaehle, S., Zhu, D. (in press) Earth System Science Data. 10, 405-448. doi:10.5194/essd-10-405-2018.

Environmental effects over the first 21/2 rotation periods of a fertilised poplar short rotation coppice.
Kern, J., Germer, S., Ammon, C., Balasus, A., Bischoff, W.-A., Schwarz, A., Forstreuter, M., Kaupenjohann, M. (2018) BioEnergy Research. 11, 152-265. doi:10.1007/s12155-017-9885-9.

Beyond clay: towards an improved set of variables for predicting soil organic matter content.
Rasmussen, C., Heckman, K., Wieder, W. R., Keiluweit, M., Lawrence, C. R., Berhe, A. A., Blankinship, J. C., Crow, S. E., Druhan, J. L., Pries, C. E. H., Marin-Spiotta, E., Plante, A. F., Schadel, C., Schimel, J. P., Sierra, C., Thompson, A., Wagai, R. (2018) Biogeochemistry. 137, 297-306. doi:10.1007/s10533-018-0424-3.

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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

Health Day
March 21, 2018

BGC scientists (co-)organize EGU 2018 sessions
April 08 - April 13, 2018

March for Science 2018
April 12, 2018

Events archive


March 22, 2018
11:00 am BGP seminar
Jan Muhr
(Trumbore department)
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March 22, 2018
2:00 pm internal seminar
Rene Orth
(Emmy Noether group)
Introducing the Hydrology-Biosphere-Climate Interactions Group

Sven Boese
(Reichstein department)
t. b. a.

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