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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.


Human activities boosted global soil erosion already 4,000 years ago
October 28, 2019
Lake sediments show how soil erosion changed over long time periods and how human activities influenced it. more

Climate extremes call for risk-aware sustainable development – now!
October 21, 2019
At a recent conference in Hanover, international scientists and practitioners discussed how to strengthen the societal resilience towards climate extremes. more

Artificial Intelligence for Understanding and Modelling the Earth System
October 14, 2019
International Research Team wins ERC Synergy Grant. more

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Recent Publications

Arthropod decline in grasslands and forests is associated with landscape-level drivers
Seibold, S., Gossner, M. M., Simons, N. K., Blüthgen, N., Müller, J., Ambarli, D., Ammer, C., Bauhus, J., Fischer, M., Habel, J. C., Linsenmair, K. E., Nauss, T., Penone, C., Prati, D., Schall, P., Schulze, E. D., Vogt, J., Wöllauer, S., Weisser, W. W. (2019) Nature. 574, 671-674. doi:10.1038/s41586-019-1684-3.

Mesophyll conductance in land surface models: Effects on photosynthesis and transpiration
Knauer, J., Zaehle, S., De Kauwe, M. G., Haverd, V., Reichstein, M., Sun, Y. (in press) The Plant Journal. doi:10.1111/TPJ.14587.

Neighbourhood and stand structure affect stemflow generation in a heterogeneous deciduous temperate forest
Metzger, J. C., Schumacher, J., Lange, M., Hildebrandt, A. (2019) Hydrology and Earth System Sciences. 23, 4433-4452. doi:10.5194/hess-23-4433-2019.

Natural formation of chloro- and bromoacetone in salt lakes of Western Australia
Sattler, T., Sörgel, M., Wittmer, J., Bourtsoukidis, E., Krause, T., Atlas, E., Benk, S., Bleicher, S., Kamilli, K., Ofner, J., Kopetzky, R., Held, A., Palm, W.-U., Williams, J., Zetzsch, C., Schöler, H.-F. (2019) Atmosphere. 10, 663. doi:10.3390/atmos10110663.

Climatic drivers of greening trends in the Alps
Filippa, G., Cremonese, E., Galvagno, M., Isabellon, M., Bayle, A., Choler, P., Carlson, B. Z., Gabellani, S., di Cella, U. M., Migliavacca, M. (2019) Remote Sensing. 11, 2527. doi:10.3390/rs11212527.

Reassessing southern ocean air-sea CO2 flux estimates with the addition of biogeochemical float observations
Bushinsky, S. M., Landschützer, P., Rödenbeck, C., Gray, A. R., Baker, D., Mazloff, M. R., Resplandy, L., Johnson, K. S., Sarmiento, J. L. (in press) Global Biogeochemical Cycles. doi:10.1029/2019GB006176.

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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

Long Night of Sciences 2019
November 22, 2019

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November 14, 2019
Susanne Tautenhahn
(Fellow group)
On the intraspecific variability of plant functional traits in space and time

November 21, 2019
2:00 pm internal seminar
Caglar Kuecuek
(Reichstein department)
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Tonatiuh Guillermo
(Biogeochemical Systems)
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