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Workshop on ecological monitoring in Colombia
November 21, 2016
International workshop on the design of an ecological observatory system for Colombia

During the 5-day workshop in Medellín, Colombia, project participants will meet to identify data streams, computer models, and other resources necessary for the implementation of an ecological observatory system that facilitates scientific research. One key objective would be to quantify essential climate variables ECVs and essential biodiversity variables EBVs. In addition, other components of ecosystem functioning such as land-atmosphere interactions will be addressed within the context of the observatory network. At the end of the workshop we expect to have not only the list of the main data and computation resources, but also a long-term planning for funding and implementation of the observaroty system.

The EOS project, funded by the German Ministry for Education and Research, has the aim of designing a potential monitoring system for Colombian ecosystems.

Carlos Sierra

Webseite zum Workshop

Workshop: Modeling Soil Organic Matter Dynamics Using Radiocarbon and SoilR
October 10, 2016
During this 5-day workshop, participants will learn about using R Package SoilR to implement soil organic matter dynamic models using different sets of observations. This workshop will focus particularly on the use of radiocarbon to parameterize models.

Participants must bring their own datasets and have a clear research question they want to answer. At the end of the workshop, participants are expected to have implemented their own model parameterized with their own data, addressing the initial question.

Types of datasets that are expected include, but are not limited to,
1) carbon stocks and respiration fluxes for specific sites,
2) soil organic matter fractions with radiocarbon values,
3) time series of soil respiration from incubation experiments that include isotopic values,
4) depth-profile radiocarbon values, among others.

For questions and participation requests, please send an email to Carlos A. Sierra (


Tutorial on Deep Learning
October 6, 2016
The Michael Stifel Center Jena, cooperation partner of the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, offers a one-day intensive course on deep learning.
Group leaders, PostDocs, PhDs, and students are invited to participate and to learn about applications, software, hands-on tutorial, and more!

Michael Stifel Center Jena

Autumn school on “Dynamics of natural (eco)systems: theory and applications”
September 26, 2016
The program features a unique combination of theoretical courses, practical hands-on sessions, and social events. Participants will learn how to model and discover patterns in real-world data obtained from ecological and biological systems, how to assess the system’s stability, and how to reason about unusual events.

Webseite Michael Stifel Center Jena


Radiocarbon in Ecology and Earth System Science
July 24, 2016
In collaboration with the Max-Planck-Institute for Biogeochemistry and the Center for Ecosystem Science and Society, Northern Arizona University, the University of California, Irvine, will give a radiocarbon short course.
Participant will learn about the use of radiocarbon in ecology and Earth system science.

Hands-on activities will focus on creating a tracer-free lab environment and avoiding contamination in the field and lab, collecting samples in the field, choosing standards and blanks, processing and analyzing samples in the laboratory, and analyzing and interpreting radiocarbon data.

Webseite Radiocarbon Short Course


BACI Progress and review meeting
June 7, 2016
BACI is an EU H2020 project entitled "Detecting Changes in Essential Ecosystem and Biodiversity Properties - towards a Biosphere Atmosphere Change Index"

Project participants, advisory board members, and reviewers will join to analyse and evaluate the results of the first project year.

BACI Webseite

Meeting Agenda

Meeting Earth System Research Partnership (ESRP)
May 31, 2016
This years ESRP meeting which will take place in Schloss Waldthausen near Mainz from May 31 until June 2, 2016.

Webseite Partnerschaft Erdsystemforschung

BGC scientists (co-)organize EGU 2016 sessions
April 17, 2016
Programme Group BG1 – General Biogeosciences

BG1.2 Application of stable isotopes in Biogeosciences (Gerd Gleixner)

BG1.6 Climate extremes, ecosystems and biogeochemical cycles (Markus Reichstein, Nuno Carvalhais, Dorothea Frank)

BG1.9 New advances in model development of biospheric processes (Carlos Sierra)

Programme Group BG2 – Terrestrial Biogeosciences

BG2.16 Plant traits and biogeochemical cycles (Jens Kattge, Markus Reichstein, Sönke Zaehle)

BG2.2 Carbon allocation in plants and ecosystems: mechanisms, responses and biogeochemical implication (Henrik Hartmann )

BG2.8 Developments in terrestrial biogeochemical models using model-data integration (Nuno Carvalhais, Thomas Wutzler)

Programme Group BG4 – Earth System Biogeosciences

BG4.1 Earth observation for monitoring and modeling the global energy, water and carbon cycles over land using model-data integration (Nuno Carvalhais)

Programme Group AS3 - Atmospheric Chemistry and Aerosols

AS3.11 Remote-Sensing of Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide and Methane (Dietrich Feist)

Programme Group OS3 – Ocean Biogeochemistry, Biology, Biodiversity and Physical Coupling

OS3.1/BG3.8 Ocean biogeochemistry: novel approaches and synthesis (Jošt Valentin Lavric)

Programme Group IE4 – Interplay of Arctic climate and ice

IE4.5 Linking terrestrial, aquatic and oceanic carbon cycle processes in a changing Arctic climate (Mathias Goeckede)

EGU2016 Webseite

Extreme Events and Environments (E3S)
February 14, 2016
Cross community workshop on Extreme Events and Environments from Climate to Society (E3S)

The topic Extreme Events and Environments ( has been identified as one of nine important cross-cutting initiatives within Future Earth. The goal of this cross-community/co-design workshop is to identify and elaborate the scientific questions and associated research agendas which are scientifically challenging and of high societal relevance, in line with the goals of Future Earth.

Venue: Harnack-Haus Tagungsstätte der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Berlin, Germany
Dates: February 14th to 16th 2016
Organizers: Markus Reichstein, Dorothea Frank

workshop webpage

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