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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.


Measuring species traits for biodiversity policy goals
September 18, 2018
Trait variability within species can be incorporated in Essential Biodiversity Variables, and hence enable the assessment of how organisms respond to global change. more

Better understanding of nature needed to steer us away from “Hothouse Earth”
September 07, 2018
Standardised long-term observations on how greenhouse gases circulate between land, air and sea increase our knowledge on how carbon pollution and nature’s processes influence the climate change. more

Drought hits rivers first and more strongly than agriculture
September 06, 2018
The chronological and spatial course of drought sequences shows that first the soils dry, then the river levels drop and finally the vegetation activity slows down. more

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Recent Publications

Using near-infrared-enabled digital repeat photography to track structural and physiological phenology in mediterranean tree–grass ecosystems
El-Madany, T. S., Filippa, G., Ma, X., Ahrens, B., Carrara, A., Gonzalez-Cascon, R., Cremonese, E., Galvagno, M., Hammer, T. W., Pacheco-Labrador, J., Martín, M. P., Moreno, G., Perez-Priego, O., Reichstein, M., Richardson, A. D., Römermann, C., Migliavacca, M. (2018) Remote Sensing. 10, 1293. doi:10.3390/rs10081293.

Black and brown carbon over central Amazonia: long-term aerosol measurements at the ATTO site
Saturno, J., Holanda, B. A., Pöhlker, C., Ditas, F., Wang, Q., Moran-Zuloaga, D., Brito, J., Carbone, S., Cheng, Y., Chi, X., Ditas, J., Hoffmann, T., de Angelis, I. H., Könemann, T., Lavric, J. V., Ma, N., Ming, J., Paulsen, H., Pöhlker, M. L., Rizzo, L. V., Schlag, P., Su, H., Walter, D., Wolff, S., Zhang, Y., Artaxo, P., Pöschl, U., Andreae, M. O. (2018) Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics. 18, 12817-12843. doi:10.5194/acp-18-12817-2018.

Estimation of forest aboveground biomass and uncertainties by integration of field measurements, airborne LiDAR, and SAR and optical satellite data in Mexico
Urbazaev, M., Thiel, C., Cremer, F., Dubayah, R., Migliavacca, M., Reichstein, M., Schmullius, C. (2018) Carbon Balance and Management. 13, doi:10.1186/s13021-018-0093-5.

Angle matters: bidirectional effects impact the slope of relationship between gross primary productivity and sun-induced chlorophyll fluorescence from Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 across biomes
Zhang, Z., Zhang, Y., Joiner, J., Migliavacca, M. (in press) Global Change Biology. doi:10.1111/gcb.14427.

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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

10th International Conference on Ecological Informatics
September 24 - September 28, 2018

Workshop: Career development in academia
October 15, 2018

Green Talents at MPI-BGC
October 16, 2018

Events archive


September 20, 2018
11:00 am BGP seminar
Jianbei Huang
(Trumbore department)
Trade-offs between growth, storage and defense in plants under carbon limitation

September 20, 2018
2:00 pm Alumni talk
Emily Solly
University of Zurich
Soil-plant interactions under global change

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