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Sönke Zaehle appointed lead author of the Sixth IPCC Assessment Report
April 18, 2018
The IPCC recently anounced the scientific experts for the Sixth Assessment Report, among them Sönke Zaehle of MPI-BGC. more

Global Carbon Budget 2017 released, supported by MPI-BGC scientists
March 21, 2018
The annual Global Carbon Budget for 2017 was recently published. Christian Rödenbeck and Sönke Zaehle contributed their expertise in atmospheric growth and land net uptake of CO2. more

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

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Recent Publications

Carbon stocks in aboveground biomass for Colombian mangroves with associated uncertainties
Bolivar, J. M., Gutierrez-Velez, V. H., Sierra, C. A. (2018) Regional studies in marine science. 18, 145-155. doi:10.1016/j.rsma.2017.12.011.

COCAP: a carbon dioxide analyser for small unmanned aircraft systems
Kunz, M., Lavric, J. V., Gerbig, C., Tans, P., Neff, D., Hummelgård, C., Martin, H., Rödjegård, H., Wrenger, B., Heimann, M. (2018) Atmospheric Measurement Techniques. 11, 1833-1849. doi:10.5194/amt-11-1833-2018.

Belowground carbon dynamics in tropical perennial C4 grass agroecosystems
Crow, S. E., Deem, L. M., Wells, J. M., Sierra, C. (in press) Frontiers of Environmental Science & Engineering.

Inter- and intraspecific variation in leaf economic traits in wheat and maize
Martin, A. R., Hale, C. E., Cerabolini, B. E. L., Cornelissen, J. H. C., Craine, J., Gough, W. A., Kattge, J., Tirona, C. K. F. (2018) AOB PLANTS. 10, ply006. doi:10.1093/aobpla/ply006.

Soil pH and plant diversity drive co-occurrence patterns of ammonia and nitrite oxidizer in soils from forest ecosystems
Stempfhuber, B., Richter-Heitmann, T., Bienek, L., Schöning, I., Schrumpf, M., Friedrich, M., Schulz, S., Schloter, M. (2017) Biology and Fertility of Soils. 53, 691-700. doi:10.1007/s00374-017-1215-z.

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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

IMPRS-gBGC Recruitment Symposium
April 23 - April 24, 2018

Forsche Schüler Tag am MPI für Biogeochemie
April 26, 2018

New Advances in Land Carbon Cycle Modeling
May 19 - May 26, 2018

Events archive


April 19, 2018
2:00 pm internal seminar
Michael Rzanny
(Reichstein department)
Flora incognita - challenges and current achievements in semi-automatic plant determination

Melanie Kern
(Reichstein/BSY department)
A novel plant-mycorrhiza interaction model improves representation of plant responses to elevated CO2

April 25, 2018
2:00 pm
Martin Bauch
Uni Leipzig/Leibniz Institute for the History and Culture of Eastern Europe (GWZO)
Past Extreme Events-Reconstruction and Societal Impact: Approaches from Climate History

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