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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.


Exploring the Earth System with Digital Data
January 08, 2019
On 15 January 2019 Markus Reichstein will give a lecture on "Understanding the System Earth with Digital Data" within the Collegium Europaeum Jenense. more

AquaDiva science movie
December 20, 2018
Explore the Collaborative Research Centre 1076 AquaDiva in our new science movie. more

Global Carbon Budget 2018 just published
December 06, 2018
Sönke Zaehle and Christian Rödenbeck from MPI for Biogeochemistry have contributed to the yearly assessment of the global carbon budget. more

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Recent Publications

Satellite and in situ observations for advancing global earth surface modelling: a review
Balsamo, G., Agustì-Parareda, A., Albergel, C., Arduini, G., Beljaars, A., Bidlot, J., Bousserez, N., Boussetta, S., Brown, A., Buizza, R., Buontempo, C., Chevallier, F., Choulga, M., Cloke, H., Cronin, M. F., Dahoui, M., Rosnay, P. D., Dirmeyer, P. A., Drusch, M., Dutra, E., Ek, M. B., Gentine, P., Hewitt, H., Keeley, S. P. E., Kerr, Y., Kumar, S., Lupu, C., Mahfouf, J.-F., McNorton, J., Mecklenburg, S., Mogensen, K., Muñoz-Sabater, J., Orth, R., Rabier, F., Reichle, R., Ruston, B., Pappenberger, F., Sandu, I., Seneviratne, S. I., Tietsche, S., Trigo, I. F., Uijlenhoet, R., Wedi, N., Woolway, R. I., Zeng, X. (2018) Remote Sensing. 10, 2038. doi:10.3390/rs10122038.

Direct effect of aerosols on solar radiation and gross primary production in boreal and hemiboreal forests
Ezhova, E., Ylivinkka, I., Kuusk, J., Komsaare, K., Vana, M., Krasnova, A., Noe, S., Arshinov, M., Belan, B., Park, S.-B., Lavric, J. V., Heimann, M., Petäjä, T., Vesala, T., Mammarella, I., Kolari, P., Bäck, J., Rannik, U., Kerminen, V.-M., Kulmala, M. (2018) Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics. 18, 17863-17881. doi:10.5194/acp-18-17863-2018.

Global photosynthetic capacity is optimized to the environment
Smith, N. G., Keenan, T. F., Prentice, I. C., Wang, H., Wright, I. J., Niinemets, Ü., Crous, K. Y., Domingues, T. F., Guerrieri, R., Ishida, F. Y., Kattge, J., Kruger, E. L., Maire, V., Rogers, A., Serbin, S. P., Tarvainen, L., Togashi, H. F., Townsend, P. A., Wang, M., Weerasinghe, L. K., Zhou, S. (2019) Ecology Letters. doi:10.1111/ele.13210.

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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

Earth System PhD Conference (ESPC 2019)
March 13 - March 15, 2019

Forsche Schüler am MPI für Biogeochemie
March 28, 2019

BGC scientists (co-)organize EGU 2019 sessions
April 07 - April 12, 2019

Events archive


January 24, 2019

Somak Chowdhury
(Trumbore department)
Effects of an experimental plant diversity gradient on bacterial and fungal diversity

Tea Thum
(Reichstein department)
Introducing a new terrestrial biosphere model QUINCY

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