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Biogeochemical Processes

Prof. Susan E. Trumbore, Ph.D.
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Biogeochemical Integration

Prof. Dr. Markus Reichstein

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Biogeochemical Signals

Dr. Sönke Zaehle

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Former Departments

Biogeochemical Systems (2003 - 2017)
Former Director Prof. Dr. Martin Heimann

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Founding Directors

Biogeochemical Processes (1997 - 2009)

Prof. Dr. Dr.h.c. Ernst-Detlef Schulze
Carbon Balance and Ecosystem Research

Prof. Dr. Colin Prentice (1997-2003)

Prof. Dr. David Schimel (1997-2001)

Experimental burn in the southern Amazon in an ecosystem that forms the transition between cerrado and high stature Amazon wet forest to study the effects of fire, nutrient additions, and herbivores on the growth and diversity of regenerating plants (Photo: Tara Massad) Observatório Atmosferico de Cabo Verde: Humberto Duarte Fonseca; 30 m tower on the Island São Vicente, Cape Verde, since 2006 the institute is measuring trace gases close to the seashore (Photo: René Schwalbe) Permafrost soil in Cherskii, Northern Siberia (Photo: Martin Heimann) Lake Tangra Yumco in Tibet. (Photo: Roman Witt) Agriculture in Tibet (Photo: Roman Witt) Soil core: a large nmber of soil samples is needed to determine changes in soil carbon stocks. (Photo: Sven Doering) View on the Siberian Taiga. Can you spot the tower? (Photo: Jörg Reith)
Hainich National Park, spring canopy (Photo: webcam) IMECC flight campaign to measure trace gases in the atmosphere (Photo: Martin Hertel) ICOS field site, Poland. ICOS is a long-­term European initiative with the aim to quantify the greenhaouse gas balance of Europe and adjacent regions. (Photo: Martin Hertel) High Tatra, Slovakia: windthrow area from November 2004 storm causing substantial damage of the forest (Photo: Ernst-Detlef Schulze) Eddy Flux Tower in Zotino, Central Siberia (Photo: Judith Laufer) ZOTTO tower, Zotino Siberia (Photo: Steffen Schmidt) Yenissei river at sunset. With 3,440 miles the Yenissei is the largest river system running to the Artic Ocean (Photo: Michael Hielscher)
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