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Third-party Projects

Scientific research projects funded through the basic Max Planck Society budget can be found on the web pages of our departments and research groups. In addition, the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry pursues collaborative research projects (listed below) that are competitively acquired from third parties, e.g. European Commission (EU), Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

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A-SCOPE
Observation Techniques and Mission Concepts for Analysis of the Global Carbon Cycle
8/2007 - 7/2008 (ESA, subcontracted through Noveltis )

Contact: Julia Marshall

Arctic Permafrost
Observations and modeling of the arctic permafrost carbon cycle
4/2013 - 3/2015 (AXA)
project webpage
Contact: Mathias Goeckede

ABBA
Advancing the Integrated Monitoring of Trace Gas Exchange between Biosphere and Atmosphere
9/2008 - 2/2013 (EU)
project webpage
Contact: Markus Reichstein

Agouron Fellowship
Using the lipid inventory of modern rhizaria as a key to understanding their likely Neoproterozoic emergence, the Ediacaran silica cycle and the advent of complex life
1/2016 - 12/2017 (Agouron Fellowship)

Contact: Benjamin Bruisten

AQUA DIVA follow-up (Gleixner)
Importance of biological drivers and the water transport for the explanation of biodiversity effects on carbon and nitrogen storage in the soil
7/2016 - 6/2018 (DFG)
project webpage
Contact: Gerd Gleixner

AQUA DIVA follow-up (Trumbore)
Exploring mechanisms underlying the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning
8/2016 - 7/2018 (DFG )
project webpage
Contact: Susan Trumbore

AquaDiva
Tracing metabolic and organic signals through the Earth's Critical Zone
12/2013 - 6/2017 (DFG)
project webpage
Contact: Gerd Gleixner, Markus Reichstein, Susan Trumbore

Automation of TCCON Data Analysis
Automation of TCCON Data Analysis
4/2017 - 2/2018 (ESA)

Contact: Dietrich Feist

BARCA
Balanco Atmosférico Regional de Carbono na Amazônia
1/2008 - 1/2010 (EU)
project webpage
Contact: Christoph Gerbig

BEAM
Towards a mechanistic understanding of biodiversity and its functional consequences - The Biodiversity Exploratory additional modeling component
1/2008 - 12/2010 (DFG)
project webpage
Contact: Christian Wirth

BEF-China
Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning in Subtropical Forests
1/2008 - 12/2010 (DFG)
project webpage
Contact: Christian Wirth

BEXIS
Biodiversity exploratories: Database platform for storage of results and for exchange of data
9/2011 - 1/2018 (DFG)
project webpage
Contact: Martin Heimann

Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning
Exploring mechanisms underlying the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning
1/2012 - 4/2015 (DFG)
project webpage
Contact: Gerd Gleixner

Biodiversity exploratories
Biodiversity and land use effects on soil processes and functions
3/2011 - 2/2014 (DFG)
project webpage
Contact: Marion Schrumpf, Susan Trumbore

BIOLOG
Influence of biodiversity on ecosystem processes in grassland communities - manipulation of insect population and water supply
1/2001 - 3/2004 (BMBF)

Contact: Nina Buchmann

CAB-LAB
Coupled Atmosphere Biosphere virtual LABoratory
2/2015 - 1/2017 (ESA)
project webpage
Contact: Miguel Mahecha, Fabian Gans

CADY
Central Asian Climate Dynamics
5/2011 - 3/2014 (BMBF)
project webpage
Contact: Gerd Gleixner

CAOS
Catchments as organised systems
9/2011 - 11/2017 (DFG)
project webpage
Contact: Axel Kleidon

Cape Verde Atmospheric Observatory Humberto Duarte Fonseca
Cape Verde Atmospheric Observatory Humberto Duarte Fonseca
10/2006 - 3/2009 (EU)
project webpage
Contact: Martin Heimann

CARBO-Extreme
The terrestrial Carbon cycle under Climate Variability and Extremes a Pan-European synthesis
6/2009 - 5/2013 (EU)
project webpage
Contact: Christian Beer, Nuno Carvalhais, Dorothea Frank, Miguel Mahecha, Markus Reichstein, Xiuchen Wu, Jakob Zscheischler

CARBOAFRICA
Quantification, understanding and prediction of carbon cycle, and other GHG gases, in Sub-Saharan Africa
10/2006 - 3/2010 (EU)
project webpage
Contact: Markus Reichstein, Werner Kutsch

CarboEurope IP
Assessment of the European Terrestrial Carbon Balance
1/2004 - 12/2008 (EU)
project webpage
Contact: Ernst-Detlef Schulze, Martin Heimann, Christoph Gerbig, Martin Jun, Miguel Mahecha, Markus Reichstein, Sönke Zaehle

Carbones
30-year re-analysis of CARBON fluxES and pools over Europe and the Globe
4/2010 - 3/2013 (EU)
project webpage
Contact: Matthias Forkel, Markus Reichstein

CarbonFlux
CarbonFlux Study
11/2012 - 10/2014 (European Space Agency, ESA)

Contact: Sönke Zaehle

CarbonMon
Earth Observation Mission
4/2010 - 3/2011 (BMBF, subcontracted through Uni Bremen )

Contact: Julia Marshall, Martin Heimann

CARBOOCEAN
Marine Carbon Sources and Sinks Assessment (ex MARCASSA)
1/2005 - 12/2009 (EU)
project webpage
Contact: Martin Heimann

CarboPerm
Carbon processes in permafrost ecosystems: generation, transformation and release
10/2013 - 9/2016 (BMBF)
project webpage
Contact: Martin Heimann, Mathias Goeckede, Markus Reichstein

CarboSchools
CarboSchools
1/2008 - 12/2010 (EU)
project webpage
Contact: Claudia Hillinger (Susanne Hejja)

CIRCE
Climate Change and Impact Research: the Mediterranean Environment
4/2007 - 3/2011 (EU)
project webpage
Contact: Markus Reichstein, Dorothea Frank, Enrico Tomelleri

CLIMAFRICA
Climate change predictions in Sub-Saharan Africa: impacts and adaptations
10/2010 - 9/2014 (EU, FP7)
project webpage
Contact: Martin Jung, Markus Reichstein, Eric Thomas, Ulrich Weber

COCO
Constraining carbon gross fluxes with oxygen isotopes
3/2005 - 2/2008 (EU)
project webpage
Contact: Martin Heimann, Matthias Cuntz

COMBINE
Comprehensive Modelling of the Earth System for Better Climate Prediction and Projection
5/2009 - 10/2013 (EU, FP7)
project webpage
Contact: Christian Beer, Martin Jung, Markus Reichstein, Sönke Zaehle

COREGAL
Combined Positoning-Relfectomerty GALileo Code Receiver for Forest Management
1/2015 - 5/2017 (EU, H2020-SC5 )
project webpage
Contact: Nuno Carvalhais

Coupled Carbon-Nitrogen Cycle Models
Systematic assessment of uncertainty in coupled carbon-nitrogen cycle models and their climate feedbacks
8/2012 - 8/2015 (Microsoft Research Ltd.)

Contact: Sönke Zaehle, Johannes Meyerholt

DEHESHyrE
Monitoring mass and energy fluxes in a manipulated Mediterranean tree-grass Dehesa (Mediterranean Savanna) ecosystem through the integration of ground and satellite data with airborne hyperspectral imagery
1/2015 - 4/2016 (EU)
project webpage
Contact: Mirco Migliavacca

DISCOVER
Biological Diversity and Ecosystem Functioning - Understand and Evaluate Key Experiments in Grasslands by Mechanistic Modelling
1/2006 - 12/2007 (Agence Nationale de la Recherche, France )

Contact: Christian Wirth

Drought stress
Linking tree water status to the carbon budget: identifying mechanisms of drought-induced tree mortality in Pinus nigra and Picea abies
9/2011 - 9/2014 (DFG)
project webpage
Contact: Henrik Hartmann

E3S
Extreme Events and Environments from climate to Society
10/2014 - 9/2016 (FutureEarth)
project webpage
Contact: Markus Reichstein, Dorothea Frank

Earliest traces of life on Earth
Reevaluating the earliest traces of life on Earth
8/2013 - 4/2018 (DFG)
project webpage
Contact: Christian Hallmann

ECLAIRE
Effects of Climate Change on Air Pollution Impacts and Response Strategies for European Ecosystems
10/2011 - 9/2015 (EU, FP7)
project webpage
Contact: Martina Franz, Sönke Zaehle

ELSIC
Ecosystem loss of soil inorganic carbon with agricultural conversion: fate, rate, mechanisms, and path ways
9/2014 - 9/2016 (EU, Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship)
project webpage
Contact: John Kim

EMBRACE
Earth system Model Bias Reduction and assessing Abrupt Climate ChangE
11/2010 - 2/2016 (EU, FP7)
project webpage
Contact: Nuno Carvalhais, Martin Jung, Markus Reichstein, Sönke Zaehle

ENIGMA
Earth System Network of Integrated Modelling and Assessmen
1/2006 - 1/2013 (MPG)
project webpage
Contact: Daniela Dalmonech, Martin Heimann, Christoph Köstler, Gregor Schürmann, Sönke Zaehle

ENVIRO-RISK (CA)
Man-induced Environmental Risks: Monitoring, Management and Remediation of Man-made Changes in Siberia
5/2009 - 5/2013 (EU)
project webpage
Contact: Martin Heimann

EOS
Ökologische Beobachtungsstrategien für Kolumbien: Ein Prototyp für das Monitoring von Biodiversitäts- und Ökosystemveränderungen
5/2016 - 4/2017 (BMBF)
project webpage
Contact: Carlos Sierra

EuNetAir
European Network on New Sensing Technologies for Air-Pollution Control and Environmental Sustainability
7/2012 - 6/2016 (EU)
project webpage
Contact: Jošt Lavric

EURO-HYDROS
European Network for Atmospheric Hydrogen observations and studies
8/2006 - 7/2009 (EU)
project webpage
Contact: Martin Heimann, Armin Jordan, Ute Karstens

EUROSPEC
Spectral Sampling Tools for Vegetation Biophysical Parameters and Flux Measurements in Europe
11/2009 - 5/2013 (EU)
project webpage
Contact: Enrico Tomelleri

FACE-MDS2
Benchmarking ecosystem models using DoE FACE experiments
7/2013 - 12/2015 (Department of Energy, DoE, USA)
project webpage
Contact: Sönke Zaehle, Kristina Luis

FIBOR database
Fire regimes in circum-boreal forests
7/2003 - 6/2010 (DFG)

Contact: Christian Wirth

FireBioDiv
Monitoring the effects of fire on savanna structural biodiversity
6/2014 - 6/2016 (BMBF)

Contact: Shaun Levick

GAIA-CLIM
Gap Analysis for Integrated Atmospheric ECV CLImate Monitoring
3/2015 - 2/2018 (EU-H2020 )
project webpage
Contact: Julia Marshall

GEMS
Global and regional Earth-system Monitoring using Satellite and in-situ data
2/2007 - 5/2009 (EU, European Centre for medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF))
project webpage
Contact: Martin Heimann, Julia Marshall, Kristina Trusilova, Thomas Koch, Stefan Körner

GEOCARBON
Toward an Operational Global Carbon Observing System
10/2011 - 9/2014 (EU, FP7)
project webpage
Contact: Nuno Carvalhais, Christoph Gerbig, Martin Heimann, Martin Jung, Christoph Köstler, Manos Kalomenopoulos, Miguel Mahecha, Markus Reichstein, Gregor Schürmann, Sönke Zaehle

GEOMON
Global Earth Observation and Monitoring
3/2008 - 1/2011 (EU)
project webpage
Contact: Martin Heimann, Michael Hielscher

GFBio
German Federation for the Curation of Biological Data
11/2013 - 9/2018 (DFG)
project webpage
Contact: Jens Kattge

GHG-CCI
The Greenhouse Gas component of ESA's Climate Change Initiative Program
3/2014 - 2/2017 (ESA )
project webpage
Contact: Julia Marshall

GHG-Europe
Greenhouse gas management in European land use systems
1/2010 - 9/2013 (EU, FP7)
project webpage
Contact: Martin Heimann, Christoph Gerbig, Jošt Valentin Lavric, Antje Moffat, Markus Reichstein, Enrico Tomelleri, Sönke Zaehle

GHG-TCPS
Green-House-Gas Total Column Performance Simulations
3/2017 - 2/2019 (ESA, Unterauftrag der Uni Bremen)

Contact: Julia Marshall

GlobBiomass
The GlobBiomass project develops and demonstrates an integrated and validated methodology using EO and in-situ data to improve regional and global biomass estimates.
1/2015 - 12/2017 (ESA)
project webpage
Contact: Nuno Carvalhais, Markus Reichstein

Graduiertenkolleg 1086/2
Die Bedeutung der Biodiversität für Stoffkreisläufe und biotische Interaktionen in temperaten Laubwäldern
4/2005 - 9/2013 (DFG)

Contact: Gerd Gleixner

Graduiertenkolleg 1257 - Research Training Group
Alteration and element mobility at the microbe-mineral interface
2/2006 - 1/2015 (DFG)
project webpage
Contact: Gerd Gleixner, Susan Trumbore

Green Talents
Stipend / research stay for A. M. Carmona Durque
11/2017 - 1/2018 (BMBF)
project webpage
Contact: Axel Kleidon

IAGOS
Integration of routine Aircraft measurements into a Global Observing System
4/2005 - 12/2009 (EU EU project (FP6), Design Study for New Infrastructures )
project webpage
Contact: Christoph Gerbig

IAGOS
In-service Aircraft for a Global Observing System - European Research Infrastructure
8/2008 - 8/2013 (EU, FP-7-Infrastructures)
project webpage
Contact: Christoph Gerbig

IAGOS-ERI
In-Service Aircraft for a Global Observing System
11/2012 - 4/2014 (EU, FP7)
project webpage
Contact: Christoph Gerbig

ICOS
Integrated Carbon Observing System
4/2008 - 3/2013 (EU project (FP7), preperatory phase of European Research Infrastructure )
project webpage
Contact: Christoph Gerbig, Markus Reichstein

ICOS-CAL
Integrated Carbon Observation System (ICOS)– Germany, Hauptphase
2/2012 - 6/2016 (BMBF)
project webpage
Contact: Armin Jordan

ICOS-INWIRE
ICOS improved sensors, network and interoperability for GMES
1/2013 - 12/2015 (EU, FP7)
project webpage
Contact: Christoph Gerbig (main BGC contact), Dietrich Feist, Jošt V. Lavric

iDiv
German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research
11/2013 - 1/2015 (DFG)
project webpage
Contact: Jens Kattge, Miguel Mahecha, Markus Reichstein, Sue Trumbore, Franziska Schrodt

IGAS
IAGOS for the GMES Atmospheric Service
1/2013 - 6/2016 (EU, FP7)
project webpage
Contact: Christoph Gerbig, Julia Marshall

IMECC
Infrastructure for Measurements of the European Cycle
4/2007 - 3/2011 (EU)
project webpage
Contact: Christoph Gerbig, Dietrich Feist, Jošt Lavric

InGOS
Integrated Non-CO2 Greenhouse gas Observing System
10/2011 - 9/2015 (EU, FP7)
project webpage
Contact: Jošt Lavric, Olaf Kolle, Armin Jordan, Willi Brand, Ute Karstens, Christoph Gerbig

INTAS
Intra-annual and seasonal variability of the anatomical structure and C13 in tree rings of coniferous and deciduous species
1/2007 - 12/2008 (MPG)

Contact: Christian Wirth

Jena Experiment
Jena Experiment
1/2002 - 7/2018 (DFG)
project webpage
Contact: Susan Trumbore, Gerd Gleixner, Ernst-Detlef Schulze

JULIA
Joining ecophysiological Understanding and global ecosystem modelling for improved simulation of Land surface Interactions with the Atmosphere
8/2008 - 7/2011 (EU (FP7) Marie Curie Re-integration Action of the EC FP7 People programme )

Contact: Sönke Zaehle

KlimaMonitor
KlimaMonitor
6/2009 - 5/2010 (Univ. Bremen )

Contact: Martin Heimann

LOGOFLUX
CarbonSat earth explorer 8 candidate mission - inverse modelling and mission performance study
3/2012 - 7/2013 (ESA, subcontracted through Noveltis)

Contact: Julia Marshall

LUCCI
Land Use and Climate Change Interactions in the Vu Gia Thu Bon River Basin, Central Vietnam
1/2012 - 5/2013 (DFG)
project webpage
Contact: Marion Schrumpf

Microbe-mineral interface
Alteration and element mobility at the microbe-mineral interface
1/2014 - 6/2015 (DFG)
project webpage
Contact: Gerd Gleixner

Microbial Turnover
Studying microbial turnover with soil phosphate oxygen isotopes
1/2013 - 12/2015 (GIF)

Contact: Markus Reichstein

OTMCAGCC
Observation Techniques and Mission Concepts for Analysis of the Global Carbon Cycle
7/2007 - 7/2009 ()
project webpage
Contact: Martin Heimann, Christoph Gerbig, Julia Marshall

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Changing Permafrost in the Arctic and its Global Effects in the 21st Century
11/2011 - 10/2015 (EU, FP7)
project webpage
Contact: Christian Beer, Mathias Goeckede, Martin Heimann , Sonja Kaiser

Planetary Evolution and Life
Helmholtz Alliance: Planetary Evolution and Life
1/2008 - 12/2013 (HGF)
project webpage
Contact: Axel Kleidon

QUASOM
Quantifying and modeling pathways of soil organic matter as affected by abiotic factors, microbial dynamics, and transport processes
9/2008 - 2/2014 (EU, FP7)
project webpage
Contact: Bernhard Ahrens, Maarten Braakhekke, Lenka Forkelova, Gerd Gleixner, Myroslava Khomik, Markus Reichstein, Marion Schrumpf, Stefany Thiessen, Enrico Weber, Thomas Wutzler

REGARDS BiodivERsA-Verbundvorhaben
Untersuchung der Resilienz von Grasländern in Grenzstandorten und Entwicklung von Entscheidungshilfen zum Biodiversitäts Management (REGARDS)
3/2013 - 8/2016 (BMBF)
project webpage
Contact: Gerd Gleixner

SAVNET
Observing vegetation status and function from the ground to the space (SAVNET)
1/2017 - 12/2018 (CSIC: Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Madrid)

Contact: Mirco Migliavacca

SIB-LAB
The Central Siberian Global Change Laboratory
8/2011 - 5/2013 (BMBF)
project webpage
Contact: Christian Beer, Martin Thurner, Sonja Kaiser

SIBAE
Stable Isotopes in Biospheric-Atmospheric-Earth System Research
5/2009 - 5/2013 (EU)
project webpage
Contact: Christian Beer

SMARTCARB
Use of Satellite Measurements of Auxiliary Reactive Trace gases for fossil fuel CARBon dioxide emission estimation
6/2017 - 8/2018 (ESA, EMPA)

Contact: Julia Marshall

SOGLO
The SOil system under GLObal change
3/2014 - 12/2017 (University Louvain, Belgien)
project webpage
Contact: Susan Trumbore

Soil carbon pools
Changes in soil carbon pools and microbial activity along land-use gradients in grassland and forest ecosystems
4/2008 - 2/2011 (DFG)

Contact: Marion Schrumpf

SOM formation
The mycorrhiza-mediated pathway for soil organic matter (SOM) formation and consequences for the SOM turnover under short rotation forestry
2/2011 - 2/2014 (DFG)
project webpage
Contact: Gerd Gleixner

SOPRAN II
Ozeanische Oberflächenprozesse im Anthropozän II; Vorhaben: Quantifizierung regionaler ozeanatmosphärer Gasaustauschflüsse von CO2, O2 und N2O im subtrop. Atlantik und in der Mauretanischen Auftriebszone
2/2010 - 1/2013 (BMBF)
project webpage
Contact: Martin Heimann, Markus Reichstein

TENATSO
Tropical Eastern North Atlantic Time-Series Observatory
9/2006 - 3/2009 (EU)
project webpage
Contact: Martin Heimann

Terrabites
The Terrestrial Biosphere in the Earth System
1/2009 - 12/2014 (EU,COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology))
project webpage
Contact: Sönke Zaehle

Tibetan Plateau: Formation-Climate-Ecosystems
Reconstruction of Asian monsoon using compound-specific isotope signals of terrestrial and aquatic biomarkers in Tibetan lake systems 'Western lakes'
12/2011 - 11/2014 (DFG)
project webpage
Contact: Gerd Gleixner

TIP
Tibetan plateau: Formation - Climate - Ecosystems
1/2014 - 6/2015 (DFG)
project webpage
Contact: Gerd Gleixner

WACMOS-II
Evapotranspiration estimates at global and regional scales
9/2012 - 5/2014 (ESA)
project webpage
Contact: Martin Jung, Markus Reichstein

WTZ Kolumbien
Ecological monitoring strategies for Colombia: a prototype for monitoring of biodiversity and ecosystem changes
5/2016 - 4/2017 (BMBF)

Contact: Carlos Sierra

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