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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.


ATTO at Berlin Science Week
October 22, 2021
The ATTO project will be highlighted for the public at the Berlin Science Week, with several of our scientists presenting ATTO research in various formats at the Brazilian embassy. more

Susan Trumbore elected member of Academia Europaea
October 21, 2021
Susan Trumbore was inaugurated as new member of the academy on the recent annual conference, where she presented a Balzan Prize keynote lecture “The Amazon and Global Change”. more

ICOS: High quality data on climate change brings faster and more reliable results
October 18, 2021
The european ICOS network supports science and policy making - a first comprehensive article describing ICOS was recently published. more

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Recent Publications

Vulnerability of European ecosystems to two compound dry and hot summers in 2018 and 2019
Bastos, A., Orth, R., Reichstein, M., Ciais, P., Viovy, N., Zaehle, S., Anthoni, P., Arneth, A., Gentine, P., Joetzjer, E., Lienert, S., Loughran, T., McGuire, P. C., O, S., Pongratz, J., Sitch, S. (2021) Earth System Dynamics. 12, 1015-1035. doi:10.5194/esd-12-1015-2021

Long-term leaf C:N ratio change under elevated CO2 and nitrogen deposition in China: Evidence from observations and process-based modeling
Sheng, M., Tang, J., Yang, D., Fisher, J. B., Wang, H., Kattge, J. (2021) Science of the Total Environment. 800, 149591. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.149591

Long-term ecosystem nitrogen limitation from foliar delta15N data and a land surface model
Caldararu, S., Thum, T., Yu, L., Kern, M., Nair, R., Zaehle, S. (in press) Global Change Biology. doi:10.1111/gcb.15933

Seasonal variation of leaf wax n-alkane delta2H values: Differences between Quercus aquifolioides (an evergreen tree) and Stipa bungeana (a perennial grass) from the southeastern Tibetan Plateau
Zhang, X., Xu, B., Günther, F., Gleixner, G. (2021) Global and Planetary Change. 207, 103674. doi:10.1016/j.gloplacha.2021.103674

Impacts of drying and rewetting on the radiocarbon signature of respired CO2 and implications for incubating archived soils
Beem-Miller, J., Schrumpf, M., Hoyt, A. M., Guggenberger, G., Trumbore, S. E. (2021) Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences. 126, e2020JG006119. doi:10.1029/2020JG006119

Machine-learning-based evidence and attribution mapping of 100,000 climate impact studies
Callaghan, M., Schleussner, C.-F., Nath, S., Lejeune, Q., Knutson, T. R., Reichstein, M., Hansen, G., Theokritoff, E., Andrijevic, M., Brecha, R. J., Hegarty, M., Jones, C., Lee, K., Lucas, A., van Maanen, N., Menke, I., Pfleiderer, P., Yesil, B., Minx, J. C. (2021) Nature Climate Change. doi:10.1038/s41558-021-01168-6

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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

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Seminars and Colloquia

November 04, 2021
2:00 pm internal seminar
Jasper Denissen
(group Orth)

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