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.,, G.,, S.,, M.,, P.,, M.,, S., andRegulation of the global carbon and water cycles through vegetation structural and physiological dynamics. Environ. Res. Lett. 19 073008.

    Jiang, S., Sweet, L., Blougouros, G., Brenning, A., Li, W., Reichstein, M., Denzler, J., Wei, S., Guo, Y., Huang, F., Zscheischler, J. (2024). How Interpretable Machine Learning Can Benefit Process Understanding in the Geosciences. Earth's Future, 12(7), e2024EF004540.

    Khanal, P., Hoek Van Dijke, A. J., Schaffhauser, T., Li, W., Paulus, S. J., Zhan, C., and Orth, R. (2024). Relevance of near-surface soil moisture vs. terrestrial water storage for global vegetation functioning, Biogeosciences, 21, 1533–1547.

    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).

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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

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