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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).

For any questions regarding third-party grants please contact our BGC Grants Team

Completed Projects

Current Projects

Radiocarbon constraints for models of C cycling in terrestrial ecosystems: from process understanding to global benchmarking
12/2016 - 11/2020 (EU-H2020)

Contact: Susan Trumbore

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

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


5/2017 - 4/2020 (BMBF )

Contact: Susan Trumbore

Detecting changes in essential ecosystem and biodiversity properties – towards a Biosphere Atmosphere Change Index: BACI
4/2015 - 3/2019 (EU-FP8)
project webpage
Contact: Miguel Mahecha, Markus Reichstein

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

Biodiversity Exploratories
Biodiversity Exploratories Core-Projects, Coordination
5/2014 - 4/2020 (DFG)
project webpage
Contact: Marion Schrumpf

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

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

Coordinated Research in Earth Systems and Climate: Experiments, Knowledge, Dissemination and Outreach
11/2015 - 10/2020 (EU, Horizon 2020)
project webpage
Contact: Sönke Zaehle

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

Metrology for Stable Isotope Reference Standards
12/2016 - 11/2019 (EU)
project webpage
Contact: Heiko Moossen

Flora Incognita
Flora Incognita – Interactive plant species identification with mobile devices
8/2014 - 7/2019 (BMBF)
project webpage
Contact: Jana Wäldchen, Michael Rzanny

Gap Analysis for Integrated Atmospheric ECV CLImate Monitoring
3/2015 - 2/2018 (EU-FP8 H2020-EO-2014 )
project webpage
Contact: Julia Marshall

German Federation for the Curation of Biological Data
11/2013 - 9/2018 (DFG)

Contact: Jens Kattge

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

Longterm observations of atmospheric composition, aerosol and cloud particles on a global scale from commercial aircraft of internationally operating airlines
5/2014 - 3/2018 (BMBF)
project webpage
Contact: Christoph Gerbig

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

Modelling Responses of Dehesas with Hyperspectral Remote Sensing
1/2017 - 12/2019 (BMBF, DLR)
project webpage
Contact: Mirco Migliavacca

Nonlinearities and Alternative States of Biogeochemical Cycling in Terrestrial Ecosystems
1/2015 - 12/2019 (DFG, Emmy-Noether)
project webpage
Contact: Carlos Sierra

Quantifying the effects of interacting nutrient cycles on terrestrial biosphere dynamics and their climate feedbacks
9/2015 - 9/2020 (EU, ERC consolidator grant)
project webpage
Contact: Sönke Zaehle

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

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

Training on Remote sensing for Ecosystem modElling
10/2016 - 9/2020 (EU-H2020)
project webpage
Contact: Mirco Migliavacca

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