Main Focus

  1. Vegetation dynamics and its hydro-meteorological controls
  2. Vegetation structure and functions
  3. Water-carbon trajectories related to extreme events
  4. Data-driven Earth sustainability monitoring and diagnosis
  • Peer-Reviewed Publication

    Li, W., Pacheco-Labrador, J., Migliavacca, M., Miralles, D., Heok van Dijke, A., Reichstein, M., Forkel, M., Zhang, W., Frankenberg, C., Panwar, A., Zhang, Q., Weber, U., Gentine, P. & Orth, R. (2023). Widespread and complex drought effects on vegetation physiology inferred from space. Nature Communications, 14(4640). https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-023-40226-9

    Li, W., Reichstein, M., O, S., May, C., Destouni, G., Migliavacca, M., Kraft, B., Weber, U. & Orth, R. (2023). Contrasting drought propagation into the terrestrial water cycle between dry and wet regions. Earth's Future, 11, e2022EF003441. https://doi.org/10.1029/2022EF003441

    Li, W., Migliavacca, M., Forkel, M., Denissen, J., Reichstein, M., Yang, H., Duveiller, G., Weber, U. & Orth, R. (2022). Widespread increasing vegetation sensitivity to soil moisture. Nature Communications, 13, 3959. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-022-31667-9

    Denissen, J., Teuling, A.J., Pitman, A.J, Koirala, S., Migliavacca, M., Li, W., Reichstein, M., Winkler, A.J., Zhan, C. & Orth, R. (2022). Widespread shift from ecosystem energy to water limitation with climate change, Nature Climate Change, 12, 677–684. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41558-022-01403-8

    O, S., Bastos, A., Reichstein, M., Li, W., Denissen, J., Graefen, H. & Orth, R. (2022). The role of climate and vegetation in regulating drought-heat extremes, Journal of Climate, 1(aop), 1–21. https://doi.org/10.1175/JCLI-D-21-0675.1

    Kroll, J.*, Denissen, J.*, Migliavacca, M., Li, W., Hildebrandt, A. & Orth, R. (2022). Spatially varying relevance of hydrometeorological hazards for vegetation productivity extremes, Biogeosciences, 19, 477-489. https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-2021-206

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

    Li, W., Du J., Li S., et al (2019). The variation of vegetation productivity and its relationship to temperature and precipitation based on the GLASS-LAI of different African ecosystems from 1982 to 2013. International journal of biometeorology, 2019, 63: 847-860.


    Academic and Educational Background

    02/2023 - Present: Postdoctoral researcher at MPI-BGC, Jena

    11/2019 - 06/2023: PhD candidate at MPI-BGC, Jena

    09/2016 - 07/2019: MSc at Nanjing University

    09/2017 - 08/2018: Exchange student at Free University of Berlin

    09/2012 - 07/2016: BSc at Anhui University

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