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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.


Hidden Soil Moisture Effects Drive Land Carbon Uptake
March 31, 2021
Interannual variability of carbon uptake by land ecosystems is dominantly affected by soil moisture variations, through indirect effects on air humidity. more

Mitigating climate change through alternative control strategies
March 11, 2021
Closed-loop feedback control, a concept from control theory, might help to better control the global carbon-climate system. more

Climate change threatens European Forests
February 23, 2021
Windthrow, insect attacks, fire - forests are increasingly exposed to these hazards. A new study examines the vulnerability of Europe's forests in relation to climate change. more

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Recent Publications

More floods, fires and cyclones — plan for domino effects on sustainability goals
Reichstein, M., Riede, F., Frank, D. (2021) Nature. 592, 347-349. doi:10.1038/d41586-021-00927-x

How nitrogen and phosphorus availability change water use efficiency in a Mediterranean savanna ecosystem
El-Madany, T. S., Reichstein, M., Carrara, A., Martín, M. P., Moreno, G., Gonzalez-Cascon, R., Peñuelas, J., Ellsworth, D. S., Burchard-Levine, V., Hammer, T. W., Knauer, J., Kolle, O., Luo, Y., Pacheco-Labrador, J., Nelson, J. A., Perez-Priego, O., Rolo, V., Wutzler, T., Migliavacca, M. (in press) Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences. doi:10.1029/2020JG006005

The Flora Incognita app – interactive plant species identfication
Mäder, P., Boho, D., Rzanny, M., Seeland, M., Wittich, H. C., Deggelmann, A., Wäldchen, J. (in press) Methods in Ecology and Evolution.

A reassessment of the impact of temperature change on European conflict during the second millennium CE using a bespoke Bayesian time-series model
Carleton, W. C., Campbell, D., Collard, M. (2021) Climatic Change. 165, 4. doi:10.1007/s10584-021-03022-2

Continuity of the Middle Stone Age into the Holocene
Scerri, E. M. L., Niang, K., Candy, I., Blinkhorn, J., Mills, W., Cerasoni, J. N., Bateman, M. D., Crowther, A., Groucutt, H. S. (2021) Scientific Reports. 11, 70. doi:10.1038/s41598-020-79418-4

Using TROPOspheric Monitoring Instrument (TROPOMI) measurements and Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) CO modelling to understand the contribution of meteorology and emissions to an extreme air pollution event in India
Vellalassery, A., Pillai, D., Marshall, J., Gerbig, C., Buchwitz, M., Schneising, O., Ravi, A. (2021) Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics. 21, 5393-5414. doi:10.5194/acp-21-5393-2021

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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

vEGU21: Gather Online
April 19 - April 30, 2021

Events for school students postponed
March 22 - August 31, 2021

MINT Festival Jena
September 14 - September 16, 2021

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April 22, 2021
2:00 pm internal seminar
Shanning Bao
(department Reichstein)

April 29, 2021
2:00 pm internal seminar
Annika Blohm
(department Trumbore)
Direct measurement of nitrogen rates in tropical soil samples

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