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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.


BGC scientists evaluate environmental developments for Earth Day
April 18, 2019
Thawing permafrost and nitrogen compounds in our environment are topics that will be discussed on Earth Day. Scientists from the MPI-BGC comment on these topics. more

The TRY plant trait database: continuously growing and now publicly available under a CC-BY license
April 10, 2019
The new release features a further increase to 12 million trait records across 280,000 plant taxa and a new licensing. more

Supporting the Fridays-for-Future demonstrations in Jena
April 08, 2019
Invitation to the public lecture on climate change on 12 April 2019 from 2 p.m. in the lecture hall of physiology at Eichplatz, FSU Jena more

Press Releases archive --- News archive --- Video and Audio

Recent Publications

Microbial community responses determine how soil-atmosphere exchange of carbonyl sulfide, carbon monoxide, and nitric oxide responds to soil moisture
Behrendt, T., Catao, E. C. P., Bunk, R., Yi, Z., Schweer, E., Kolb, S., Kesselmeier, J., Trumbore, S. E. (2019) Soil. 5, 121-135. doi:10.5194/soil-5-121-2019.

Lipid biomarkers for the reconstruction of deep-time environmental conditions
Luo, G., Yang, H., Algeo, T. J., Hallmann, C., Xie, S. (2019) Earth-Science Reviews. 189, 99-124. doi:10.1016/j.earscirev.2018.03.005.

Five decades of northern land carbon uptake revealed by the interhemispheric CO2 gradient
Ciais, P., Tan, J., Wang, X., Roedenbeck, C., Chevallier, F., Piao, S.-L., Moriarty, R., Broquet, G., Le Quéré, C., Canadell, J. G., Peng, S., Poulter, B., Liu, Z., Tans, P. (2019) Nature. 568, 221. doi:10.1038/s41586-019-1078-6.

Effects of forest management on biomass stocks in Romanian beech forests
Bouriaud, O., Don, A., Janssens, I. A., Marin, G., Schulze, E. D. (2019) Forest Ecosystems. 6, 19. doi:10.1186/s40663-019-0180-4.

Spatial micro-analysis of natural 13C/12C abundance in environmental samples using laser-ablation isotope-ratio-mass spectrometry
Rodionov, A., Lehndorff, E., Stremtan, C. C., Brand, W. A., Königshoven, H.-P., Amelung, W. (in press) Analytical Chemistry. doi:10.1021/acs.analchem.9b00892.

Advances in reference materials and measurement techniques for greenhouse gas atmospheric observations
Brewer, P. J., Kim, J. S., Lee, S., Tarasova, O. A., Viallon, J., Flores, E., Wielgosz, R. I., Shimosaka, T., Assonov, S., Allison, C. E., van der Veen, A. M. H., Hall, B., Crotwelli, A. M., Rhoderick, G. C., Hodges, J. T., Mohn, J., Zellweger, C., Moossen, H., Ebert, V., Griffith, D. W. T. (in press) Metrologia. doi:10.1088/1681-7575/ab1506.

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Biogeochemical Processes (Trumbore)
Biogeochemical Integration (Reichstein)
Biogeochemical Systems (N.N.)

Research Groups

Molecular Biogeochemistry (Gleixner)
Organic Paleobiogeochemistry (Hallmann)
Biospheric Theory & Modeling (Kleidon)
Hydrology-Biosphere-Climate (Orth)
Carbon Balance & Ecosystems (Schulze)
Theoretical Ecosystem Ecology (Sierra)
Functional Biogeography (Wirth & Kattge)
Terrestrial Biosphere Modelling (Zaehle)

Video and Audio

The Jena Experiment (video)
Klima - der Kohlenstoffkreislauf (video)
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Future Events

Noble Talks at Beutenberg Campus
May 16, 2019

ESRP Meeting
June 04 - June 06, 2019

Extreme Events - Building Climate Resilient Societies
October 09 - October 11, 2019

Events archive


May 02, 2019
2:00 pm internal seminar
Jianbei Huang
(Trumbore department)
t. b. a.

Shaun Levick
(CSIRO, Australia)
Growing and dying in three-dimensions

May 09, 2019
10:00 am
German Poveda
(National University of Colombia)
Hydrological and climatic linkages betweeen the Andes and the Amazon River basin

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