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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.


Prolongation of our graduate school
January 18, 2021
The graduate school jointly operated by the MPI-BGC and the FSU is again successfully extended. more

Corona pandemic leads to record decline in global CO2 emissions
December 11, 2020
Worldwide, CO2 emissions have fallen sharply as a result of the Corona crisis. MPI-BGC scientists are involved in balancing the global carbon budget. more

Drought damages trees and forest soils
December 10, 2020
Persistent drought not only damages forest trees but also changes substantially the biological activity in the forest soil. more

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Recent Publications

Patterns of richness across forest beetle communities—A methodological comparison of observed and estimated species numbers
Haack, N., Grimm-Seyfarth, A., Schlegel, M., Wirth, C., Bernhard, D., Brunk, I., Henle, K. (2020) Ecology and Evolution. doi:10.1002/ece3.7093

A model for estimating transpiration from remotely sensed solar-induced chlorophyll fluorescence
Shan, N., Zhang, Y., Chen, J. M., Jua, W., Migliavacca, M., Peñuelas, J., Yang, X., Zhang, Z., Nelson, J. A., Goulas, Y. (2021) Remote Sensing of Environment. 252, 112134. doi:10.1016/j.rse.2020.112134

Shallow soils are warmer under trees and tall shrubs across Arctic and Boreal ecosystems
Kropp, H., Loranty, M. M., Natali, S. M., Kholodov, A. L., Rocha, A. V., Myers-Smith, I., Abbot, B. W., Abermann, J., Blanc-Betes, E., Blok, D., Blume-Werry, G., Boike, J., Breen, A. L., Cahoon, S. M. P., Christiansen, C. T., Douglas, T. A., Epstein, H. E., Frost, G. V., Göckede, M., Høye, T. T., Mamet, S. D., O’Donnell, J. A., Olefeldt, D., Phoenix, G. K., Salmon, V. G., Sannel, A. B. K., Smith, S. L., Sonnentag, O., Vaughn, L. S., Williams, M., Elberling, B., Gough, L., Hjort, J., Lafleur, P. M., Euskirchen, E. S., Monique, Heijmans, M., Humphreys, E. R., Iwata, H., Jones, B. M., Jorgenson, M. T., Grünberg, I., Kim, Y., Laundre, J., Mauritz, M., Michelsen, A., Schaepman-Strub, G., Tape, K. D., Ueyama, M., Lee, B.-Y., Langley, K., Lund, M. (2020) Environmental Research Letters. 16, 015001. doi:10.1088/1748-9326/abc994

Vegetation modulates the impact of climate extremes on gross primary production
Flach, M., Brenning, A., Gans, F., Reichstein, M., Sippel, S., Mahecha, M. D. (2021) Biogeosciences. 18, 39-53. doi:10.5194/bg-18-39-2021

Detecting tree species effects on forest canopy temperatures with thermal remote sensing: The role of spatial resolution
Richter, R., Hutengs, C., Wirth, C., Bannehr, L., Vohland, M. (2021) Remote Sensing. 13, 135. doi:10.3390/rs13010135

Advances in hyperspectral remote sensing of vegetation traits and functions
Zhangab, Y., Migliavacca, M., Penuelase, J., Ju, W. (2021) Remote Sensing of Environment. 252, doi:10.1016/j.rse.2020.112121

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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

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January 28, 2021
11:00 am BGP seminar
Lehnert, Ann-Sophie
(department Trumbore)
t. b. a.

January 28, 2021
2:00 pm internal seminar
Jinxuan Chen
(department Zaehle)
Linking airborne in-situ and column GHG measurements using an atmospheric transport model

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