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Arrival of the FTIR container at Ascencion Island (Photo: Dietrich Feist) Tree in the Amazon forest equiped with measurement devices (Photo: Jan Muhr) Octocopter - a flight roboter prepared to take air samples for vertical profiles (Photo: Martin Kunz) Moskitos and horseflys are abundant in the siberian summer. (Photo: Jörg Reith ) Radiation diffuse with bird defense (Photo: Martin Hertel) Earthworm droppings (Photo: ) Dried plant material (Photo: Sven Doering) Radiation diffuse covered with ice (Photo: Olaf Kolle)


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Information about the Institute

Reports in the Max Planck Research magazine (MPR)

Articles in the Yearbook of the Max Planck Society

The articles are written in German with a short English summary.

  • Climate extremes: from detection to prediction ( M. Mahecha, M. Reichstein, 2019) Link
  • Water, ice and snow: Driving forces of climate change in the Arctic (M. Goeckede, 2018) Link
  • Coordinated experiments and modelling studies for a better understanding of the nutrient limitation of the terrestrial biosphere (S. Zaehle, 2017) Link
  • To spend or not to spend, that is the question (H. Hartmann, 2016) Link
  • The carbon cycle from a different perspective (J. Marshall, 2015) (pdf)
  • From bacteria to humans: the reconstruction of the early evolution with fossil bio-markers (C. Hallmann, 2014) pdf; 403 KB)
  • Global plant traits - a biodiversity database for Earth system sciences (C. Wirth, J. Kattge, 2013) (pdf; 529 KB)
  • Climate extreme events - do they affect the global carbon cycle? (M. Mahecha, 2013) (pdf; 454 KB )
  • The Earth as a power plant: The natural generation of renewable energy within the Earth system and limits to its use (A. Kleidon, 2012) (pdf; 300 KB)
  • Soil Carbon Storage: How the thin skin of the Earth influences global biogeochemical cycles and climate (M. Schrumpf, S. Trumbore, 2011) (pdf; 1,7 MB)
  • Quantification of the global carbon cycle (C. Rödenbeck, 2010) (pdf; 1,7 MB)
  • Experimental biodiversity research – The "Jena Experiment" (C. Roscher, G. Gleixner, E.-D. Schulze, 2009) (pdf; 1,7 MB)
  • Functional biodiversity research at the global scale (C. Wirth, J. Kattge, 2008) (pdf; 63 KB) ,
  • Global observation and modelling of vegetation and biogeochemical cycle (M. Reichstein, 2007) (pdf; 1,6 MB)
  • Quantifizierung optimaler Funktion der Landbiosphäre und deren Auswirkung auf das Erdsystem (A. Kleidon, 2006) (pdf; 1,8 MB)
  • Flugzeugkampagnen und Modellierung zur Bestimmung des Kohlendioxid-Budgete auf regionaler Skala (C. Gerbig, R. Ahmadov, S. Körner, 2005) (pdf; 1,7 MB)
  • Neue Wege zum Paläoklima (G. Gleixner, 2004) (pdf; 690 KB)
  • Dynamische Modellierung der marinen Biogeochemie (C. Le Quéré, 2003) (pdf; 1 MB)
  • Stoffkreisläufe und Biodiversität in terrestrischen Ökosystemen (N. Buchmann, 2003) (pdf; 400 KB)

Topic-related brochures

  • ATTO Flyer Link to pdf
  • The Zotino Tall Tower Observatory - ZOTTO, 2006 (pdf; 3.5 MB)
  • Thuringian Wood Species - An Introduction to the Wood Exhibition at the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry Jena (pdf; 8.46 MB)

Earth System Research Partnership (ESRP)

School-related knowledge and activities

Links to Partnerships

Earth and Solar System Research Partnership
Within the Earth and Solar System Research Partnership (ESRP) of the Max Planck Society the MPI’s for Meteorology in Hamburg, for Chemistry in Mainz, for Solar System Research in Goettingen and for Biogeochemistry in Jena cooperate to investigate the core questions of Earth system research.

Deutsches Klima Konsortium
The Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry is member of the German Climate Consortium (DKK), a network of renowned German climate research institutions with the mandate to inform society, politicians and the media about current results of climate research and to foster dialogue between these representatives. The DKK was founded in 2008 and is based in Berlin.

Climate Service Center: Klimanavigator
Our Institute is a partner of the Klimanavigator of the Climate Service Center Germany (CSC), a facility of the Helmholtz Center Geesthacht based in Hamburg. The task of this web portal is to meet the increasing need of society for information and advice regarding climate related issues.

Text (Photo: Valérie Schwab) Drought stress experiment, chamber to measure photosynthetic activity (Photo: Susanne Héjja) LiDAR picture of a terrain in the Kruger National Park, South Africa (Photo: Shaun Levick ) Plant sampling in Tibet (Photo: Franziska Guenther)  Transport of equipment through the Cameroon forest (Photo: Valérie Schwab) Licor measurement in the forest of the Hainich National Park (Photo: ) Two-dimensional LiDAR section of the forest vegetation in the Hainich National Park (Photo: ) Weighing of dried soil samples (Photo: Sven Doering )
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