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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.


Ten years HALO: Interview with research pilot Stefan Grillenbeck
February 22, 2019
In this interview Grillenbeck talks about his first encounters with HALO, his enthusiasm for the test pilot profession. more

Artificial Intelligence to boost Earth system science
February 14, 2019
Artificial intelligence (AI) can make a significant contribution to improving climate and Earth system models and related predictions. more

Wind energy supplies almost three quarters of expected electrical energy
February 06, 2019
Is the contribution of wind energy to the electricity mix correctly estimated? Scientists from the MPI-BGC investigated the expected efficiency of wind turbines and compared it with the real values. more

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

Recent Publications

Deep learning and process understanding for data-driven Earth system science
Reichstein, M., Camps-Valls, G., Stevens, B., Jung, M., Denzler, J., Carvalhais, N., Prabhat (2019) Nature. 566, 195-204. doi:10.1038/s41586-019-0912-1.

Reply to ‘No evidence for different metabolism in domestic mammals’
Milla, R., He, T., Kattge, J., Kramer, K., Violle, C. (2019) Nature Ecology & Evolution. doi:10.1038/s41559-019-0827-0.

Correcting atmospheric CO2 and CH4 mole fractions obtained with Picarro analyzers for sensitivity of cavity pressure to water vapor
Reum, F., Gerbig, C., Lavric, J. V., Rella, C. W., Göckede, M. (2019) Atmospheric Measurement Techniques. 12, 1013-1027. doi:10.5194/amt-12-1013-2019.

Memory effects of climate and vegetation affecting net ecosystem CO2 fluxes in global forests
Besnard, S., Carvalhais, N., Arain, M. A., Black, A., Brede, B., Buchmann, N., Chen, J., Clevers, J. G. P. W., Dutrieux, L. P., Gans, F., Herold, M., Jung, M., Kosugi, Y., Knohl, A., Law, B. E., Paul-Limoges, E., Lohila, A., Merbold, L., Roupsard, O., Valentini, R., Wolf, S., Zhang, X., Reichstein, M. (2019) PLoS One. 14, e0211510. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0211510.

SMOS vegetation optical depth and ecosystem functional properties: Exploring their relationships in tropical forests
Laurin, G. V., Vittucci, C., Tramontana, G., Bodesheim, P., Ferrazzoli, P., Guerriero, L., Jung, M., Mahecha, M. D., Papale, D. (2018) In IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium 2018. 5891-5894.

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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

Earth System PhD Conference (ESPC 2019)
March 13 - March 15, 2019

Forsche Schüler am MPI für Biogeochemie
March 28, 2019

BGC scientists (co-)organize EGU 2019 sessions
April 07 - April 12, 2019

Events archive


March 07, 2019
2:00 pm internal seminar
Natalie Schroeter
(Trumbore department)
Reconstructing Holocene climatic and environmental changes in Central Asia

Juergen Knauer
(Reichstein department)
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March 21, 2019
2:00 pm internal seminar
Mathias Goeckede
(Biogeochemical Systems)
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Basil Kraft
(Reichstein department)
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