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Max Planck Institut for Biogeochemistry

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.


What we know about climate today
June 10, 2021
The German Climate Consortium (DKK) updated the collection of basic facts on climate change with the latest data. more

How climate defines the traits of plant roots
June 10, 2021
New study on root traits challenges the nature of ecological trade-offs more

Earth system models for the future: ESM2025
June 08, 2021
EU funds ambitious project on developing the next generation of Earth system models, carried out by 19 European institutions including MPI-BGC more

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Recent Publications

Vapor pressure deficit and sunlight explain seasonality of leaf phenology and photosynthesis across Amazonian evergreen broadleaved forest
Chen, X., Ciais, P., Maignan, F., Zhang, Y., Bastos, A., Liu, L., Bacour, C., Fan, L., Gentine, P., Goll, D., Green, J., Kim, H., Li, L., Liu, Y., Peng, S., Tang, H., Viovy, N., Wigneron, J.-P., Wu, J., Yuan, W., Zhang, H. (2021) Global Biogeochemical Cycles. 35, 6. doi:10.1029/2020GB006893

Revisiting global vegetation controls using multi-layer soil moisture
Li, W., Migliavacca, M., Forkel, M., Walther, S., Reichstein, M., Orth, R. (2021) Geophysical Research Letters. 48, e2021GL092856. doi:10.1029/2021GL092856

The size and the age of the metabolically active carbon in tree roots
Hilman, B., Muhr, J., Helm, J., Kuhlmann, I., Schulze, E. D., Trumbore, S. E. (in press) Plant, Cell and Environment. doi:10.1111/pce.14124

The fate and transit time of carbon in a tropical forest
Sierra, C. A., Estupinan-Suarez, L. M., Chanca, I. (in press) Journal of Ecology. doi:10.1111/1365-2745.13723

A typology of compound weather and climate events
Zscheischler, J., Martius, O., Westra, S., Bevacqua, E., Raymond, C., Horton, R. M., van den Hurk, B., AghaKouchak, A., Jézéquel, A., Mahecha, M. D., Maraun, D., Ramos, A. M., Ridder, N. N., Thiery, W., Vignotto, E. (2020) Nature Reviews Earth & Environment. 1, 333-347. doi:10.1038/s43017-020-0060-z

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Departments (quick links)

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

Research Groups (quick links)

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)
Extreme Events (Groucutt)

Video and Audio

The Flora Incognita Project (youtube video)
The Jena Experiment (video)
Klima - der Kohlenstoffkreislauf (video)

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Future Events

Events for school students postponed
March 22 - August 31, 2021

MINT Festival Jena
September 14 - September 16, 2021

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Seminars and Colloquia

June 17, 2021
2:00 pm internal seminar
Sophie von Fromm
(department Trumbore)
Controls on soil carbon age and content across sub-Saharan Africa

June 24, 2021
2:00 pm internal seminar
Annika Blohm
(department Trumbore)
Direct measurement of nitrogen rates in tropical soil samples

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