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Overview

How do ecosystems respond to changing weather patterns, rising temperatures and increasing carbon dioxide concentrations? Is the effect of precipitation more important than that of temperature? Or are ecosystem dynamics more strongly affected by nutrient availability? What is the role of extreme events in shaping biogeochemical cycles? To find out the answers we need to understand the interactions among three complex systems: climate, vegetation, and soil. Thus, we combine experiments and in-situ long-term observation with Earth observations gathered by aircraft and satellites across a range of spatial scales, and embrace data-driven machine learning and theory-driven mechanistic modelling. With our research, we try to understand how the terrestrial biosphere reacts to and exerts feedbacks on ongoing environmental change and variation in atmospheric conditions.

Latest key papers

Flach, M., Brenning, A., Gans, F., Reichstein, M., Sippel, S., Mahecha, M. D. (2021). Vegetation modulates the impact of climate extremes on gross primary production. Biogeosciences, 18(1), 39-53. doi:10.5194/bg-18-39-2021.
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Fan, N., Koirala, S., Reichstein, M., Thurner, M., Avitabile, V., Santoro, M., Ahrens, B., Weber, U., Carvalhais, N. (2020). Apparent ecosystem carbon turnover time: uncertainties and robust features. Earth System Science Data, 12(4), 2517-2536. doi:10.5194/essd-12-2517-2020.
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Küçük, Ç., Koirala, S., Carvalhais, N., Miralles, D., Reichstein, M., Jung, M. (in press). Characterising the response of vegetation cover to water limitation in Africa using geostationary satellites. Earth and Space Science Open Archive (ESSOAr). doi:10.1002/essoar.10504964.1.
Tramontana, G., Migliavacca, M., Jung, M., Reichstein, M., Keenan, T. F., Camps-Valls, G., Ogee, J., Verrelst, J., Papale, D. (2020). Partitioning net carbon dioxide fluxes into photosynthesis and respiration using neural networks. Global Change Biology, 26(9), 5235-5253. doi:10.1111/gcb.15203.
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Yu, L., Ahrens, B., Wutzler, T., Zaehle, S., Schrumpf, M. (2020). Modeling soil responses to nitrogen and phosphorus fertilization along a soil phosphorus stock gradient. Frontiers in Forests and Global Change, 3: 543112. doi:10.3389/ffgc.2020.543112.
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News and activities

January 18th 2021
online-presentation „Global Change in the Earth System - More Than Just Global Warming!” by Markus Reichstein
5pm


January 15th 2021
Markus Reichstein is visiting as guest professor University Innsbrucks Institute of Ecology

January 11th and 12th 2021
BGI retreat

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December 9th 2020
Hui Yang starting this week at BGI

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November 30th 2020
Alexander Chuvstvin starting this week at BGI
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November 26th 2020
Today Kerstin Sickel says farewell to the institute and will take her well-deserved retirement

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