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News

Sustainable forest management contributes to climate protection by reducing fossil fuel consumption
September 17, 2020
Response to the press release of the Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development (HNE) of 10.8.2020 more

Balzan Prize for Susan Trumbore
September 16, 2020
Susan Trumbore, managing director at MPI-BGC, is awarded the highly endowed Balzan price of the International Balzan Foundation. more

Facts about climate change: What science knows today
September 10, 2020
Six organizations involved in climate research and science-based climate communication have summarized the current state of climate change knowledge. more

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Recent Publications

Field-based sciences must transform in response to COVID-19
Scerri, E. M. L., Kühnert, D., Blinkhorn, J., Groucutt, H. S., Roberts, P., Nicoll, K., Zerboni, A., Orijemie, E. A., Barton, H., Candy, I., Goldstein, S. T., Hawks, J., Niang, K., N’Dah, D., Petraglia, M. D., Vella, N. C. (2020) Nature Ecology & Evolution. doi:10.1038/s41559-020-01317-8

Short-term forecasting of regional biospheric CO2 fluxes in Europe using a light-use-efficiency model (VPRM, MPI-BGC version 1.2)
Chen, J., Gerbig, C., Marshall, J., Totsche, K. U. (2020) Geoscientific Model Development. 13, 4091-4106. doi:10.5194/gmd-13-4091-2020

A historical, geographical and ecological perspective on the 2018 European summer drought
Peters, W., Bastos, A., Ciais, P., Vermeulen, A. (2020) Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, Series B: Biological Sciences. 375, 20190505. doi:10.1098/rstb.2019.0505

Impacts of extreme summers on European ecosystems: a comparative analysis of 2003, 2010 and 2018
Bastos, A., Fu, Z., Ciais, P., Friedlingstein, P., Sitch, S., Pongratz, J., Weber, U., Reichstein, M., Anthoni, P., Arneth, A., Haverd, V., Jain, A., Joetzjer, E., Knauer, J., Lienert, S., Loughran, T., McGuire, P. C., Obermeier, W., Padrón, R. S., Shi, H., Tian, H., Viovy, N., Zaehle, S. (2020) Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, Series B: Biological Sciences. 375, 20190507. doi:10.1098/rstb.2019.0507

The fingerprint of the summer 2018 drought in Europe on ground-based atmospheric CO2 measurements
Ramonet, M., Ciais, P., Apadula, F., Bartyzel, J., Bastos, A., Bergamaschi, P., Blanc, P. E., Brunner, D., di Torchiarolo, L. C., Calzolari, F., Chen, H., Chmura, L., Colomb, A., Conil, S., Cristofanelli, P., Cuevas, E., Curcoll, R., Delmotte, M., Sarra, A. d., Emmenegger, L., Forster, G., Frumau, A., Gerbig, C., Gheusi, F., Hammer, S., Haszpra, L., Hatakka, J., Hazan, L., Heliasz, M., Henne, S., Hensen, A., Hermansen, O., Keronen, P., Kivi, R., Komínková, K., Kubistin, D., Laurent, O., Laurila, T., Lavric, J. V., Lehner, I., Lehtinen, K. E. J., Leskinen, A., Leuenberger, M., Levin, I., Lindauer, M., Lopez, M., Myhre, C. L., Mammarella, I., Manca, G., Manning, A., Marek, M. V., Marklund, P., Martin, D., Meinhardt, F., Mihalopoulos, N., Mölder, M., Morgui, J. A., Necki, J., O’Doherty, S., O’Dowd, C., Ottosson, M., Philippon, C., Piacentino, S., Pichon, J. M., Plass-Duelmer, C., Resovsky, A., Rivier, L., Rodó, X., Sha, M. K., Scheeren, H. A., Sferlazzo, D., Spain, T. G., Stanley, K. M., Steinbacher, M., Trisolino, P., Vermeulen, A., Vítková, G., Weyrauch, D., Xueref-Remy, I., Yala, K., Kwok, C. Y. (2020) Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, Series B: Biological Sciences. 375, 20190513. doi:10.1098/rstb.2019.0513

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Departments

Biogeochemical Processes (Trumbore)
Biogeochemical Integration (Reichstein)
Biogeochemical Signals (Zaehle)

Research Groups

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

Video and Audio

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

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Future Events


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Colloquium

October 01, 2020
11:00 am BGP seminar
Carlos Sierra
(Trumbore department)
Transit times in tropical forests

October 01, 2020
2:00 pm internal seminar
Axel Kleidon
(Kleidon group)
How much offshore wind energy can we expect to get in Germany? Results from the OffPot project.


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