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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.


Water as the underlying driver of the Earth’s carbon cycle
January 16, 2017
A new study led by scientists from MPI-BGC reveals how the land carbon sink is regulated and when water availability and temperature make the difference in the Earth's carbon cycle. more

Quantifying ecosystem CO2 exchange: intercomparison of methods
December 19, 2016
A new study evaluates the two main methods used for measuring the carbon dioxide exchange between the atmosphere and terrestrial ecosystems. more

More than 100 publications using the TRY database
December 17, 2016
In December 2016, TRY reached the milestone of more than 100 scientific publications that use plant trait data of the open TRY database. more

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Recent Publications

Plant species identification using computer vision: A systematic literature review.
Wäldchen, J., Mäder, P. (2017) Archives of computational methods in engineering. doi:10.1007/s11831-016-9206-z.

Compensatory water effects link yearly global land CO2 sink changes to temperature.
Jung, M., Reichstein, M., Schwalm, C. R., Huntingford, C., Sitch, S., Ahlström, A., Arneth, A., Camps-Valls, G., Ciais, P., Friedlingstein, P., Gans, F., Ichii, K., Jain, A. K., Kato, E., Papale, D., Poulter, B., Raduly, B., Rödenbeck, C., Tramontana, G., Viovy, N., Wang, Y.-P., Weber, U., Zaehle, S., Zeng, N. (2017) Nature. doi:10.1038/nature20780.

Global inverse modeling of CH4 sources and sinks: An overview of methods.
Houweling, S., Bergamaschi, P., Chevallier, F., Heimann, M., Kaminski, T., Krol, M., Michalak, A. M., Patra, P. (2017) Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics. 17, 235-256. doi:10.5194/acp-17-235-2017.

Effects of biodiversity strengthen over time as ecosystem functioning declines at low and increases at high biodiversity.
Meyer, S. T., Ebeling, A., Eisenhauer, N., Hertzog, L., Hillebrand, H., Milcu, A., Pompe, S., Abbas, M., Bessler, H., Buchmann, N., De Luca, E., Engels, C., Fischer, M., Gleixner, G., Hudewenz, A., Klein, A.-M., de Kroon, H., Leimer, S., Loranger, H., Mommer, L., Oelmann, Y., Ravenek, J. M., Roscher, C., Rottstock, T., Scherber, C., Scherer-Lorenzen, M., Scheu, S., Schmid, B., Schulze, E. D., Staudler, A., Strecker, T., Temperton, V., Tscharntke, T., Vogel, A., Voigt, W., Weigelt, A., Wilcke, W., Weisser, W. W. (2016) Ecosphere. 7, e01619 . doi:10.1002/ecs2.1619.

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BGC Processes (Trumbore)
BGC Systems (Heimann)
BGC Integration (Reichstein)

Research Groups

Molecular Biogeochemistry (Gleixner)
Organic Paleobiogeochemistry (Hallmann)
Functional Biogeography (Kattge & Wirth)
Biospheric Theory & Modeling (Kleidon)
Carbon Balance & Ecosystems (Schulze)
Theoretical Ecosystem Ecology (Sierra)
Terrestrial Biosphere Modelling (Zaehle)

Video and Audio

Klima - der Atem der Erde (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

Events archive


January 26 ,2017
2:00 pm
Juerg Luterbacher
Universitaet Giessen
New insights in European summer temperature variations, trends and extremes since Roman times

February 02 ,2017
2:00 pm internal seminar
Yunpeng Luo
(Reichstein department)
t. b. a.

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