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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.


COVID-19 impacts on the Earth System
July 29, 2020
COVID-19 immediately affects our personal lives. But the consequences on the entire Earth System may be more far-fetching, as described by M. Reichstein as co-author in Nature Reviews. more

Soils and climate change
July 28, 2020
The fate of carbon in soils is determined by the spatial, chemical, functional and temporal complexity of the soil system. more

Despite rain: tree loss continues
July 27, 2020
Although it seems to rain more often this year, the amount of water is not sufficient to compensate for the past dry years. Many tree species continue to suffer and eventually die. more

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Recent Publications

The COVID-19 lockdowns: a window into the Earth System
Diffenbaugh, N. S., Field, C. B., Appel, E. A., Azevedo, I. L., Baldocchi, D. D., Burke, M., Burney, J. A., Ciais, P., Davis, S. J., Fiore, A. M., Fletcher, S. M., Hertel, T. W., Horton, D. E., Hsiang, S. M., Jackson, R. B., Jin, X., Levi, M., Lobell, D. B., McKinley, G. A., Moore, F. C., Montgomery, A., Nadeau, K. C., Pataki, D. E., Randerson, J. T., Reichstein, M., Schnell, J. L., Seneviratne, S. I., Singh, D., Steiner, A. L., Wong-Parodi, G. (2020) Nature Reviews Earth & Environment. 13, 529-534. doi:10.1038/s43017-020-0079-1

Persistence of soil organic carbon caused by functional complexity
Lehmann, J., Hansel, C. M., Kaiser, C., Kleber, M., Maher, K., Manzoni, S., Nunan, N., Reichstein, M., Schimel, J. P., Torn, M. S., Wieder, W. R., Kögel-Knabner, I. (2020) Nature Geoscience. 13, 529-534. doi:10.1038/s41561-020-0612-3

Robustness of process-based versus data-driven modelling in changing climatic conditions
O, S., Dutra, E., Orth, R. (in press) Journal of Hydrometeorology. doi:10.1175/JHM-D-20-0072.1

Climate-dependent propagation of precipitation uncertainty into the water cycle
Fallah, A., O, S., Orth, R. (2020) Hydrology and Earth System Sciences. 24, 3725-3735. doi:10.5194/hess-24-3725-2020

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Biogeochemical Processes (Trumbore)
Biogeochemical Integration (Reichstein)
Biogeochemical Signals (Zaehle)

Research Groups

Molecular Biogeochemistry (Gleixner)
Organic Paleobiogeochemistry (Hallmann)
Biogeochemical Systems (Heimann)
Biospheric Theory & Modeling (Kleidon)
Hydrology-Biosphere-Climate (Orth)
Carbon Balance & Ecosystems (Schulze)
Theoretical Ecosystem Ecology (Sierra)
Functional Biogeography (Wirth & Kattge)

Video and Audio

The Jena Experiment (video)
Klima - der Kohlenstoffkreislauf (video)

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Future Events

MINT-Festival - postponed to 2021
September 15 - September 17, 2020

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August 30, 2020
during school holidays:
Summer Break

September 24, 2020
2:00 pm
Claudia Kammann
Geisenheim University
The carbon sink potential of biochar

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