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Research group: Model-Data Integration

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The Model-Data Integration group explores strategies and develops methods to extract and transfer information from data to models, towards improving our understanding of ecosystem functioning and its representation in modeling structures. We aim at approaches which are robust enough to deal with inevitable deficiencies of data and models to represent complex systems. Within this context we test hypotheses about the dynamics of biogeochemical cycles in terrestrial ecosystems and their responses to environmental conditions. The two major challenges generally posed are the identification of plausible model structures, and the transformation of data properties ("patterns") into model properties ("parameters"). Considering "multiple-constraints" approaches and combining classical inverse parameter estimation techniques with machine learning approaches and modern time-series analysis has already proven a valuable approach for improving models.


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Name Position E-mail Phone Room
Nuno Carvalhais Group leader ncarval 6225 C3.009a
Lazaro Alonso? Postdoc lalonso ... ...
Shanning Bao PostDoc sbao 6215 C3.007
Simon Besnard Postdoc (with WUR) sbesnard ... ...
Stefanie Burkert? Project coordination sbuerkert ... ...
Naixin Fan PhD Student nfan 6278 C2.008a
Sujan Koirala Scientist (with GDM) skoirala 6214 C3.015
Caglar Kucuk PhD Student (with GDM) ckucuk 6214 C2.004
Hoontaek Lee PhD student (with GDM) hlee 6269 C2.008b
Nora Linscheid PhD Student (with EIES) nlinsch 6290 C2.008a
Jacob Nelson PhD Student (with GDM) jnelson 6207 C2.004
Siyuan Wang PhD Student swang 6248 C2.024
Hui Yang PostDoc huiyang 8980 C1.004


Catarina Moura PostDoc (FCT-UNL)

Former team members, collaborators and guests

Sven Boese PhD Student (now @ EIES)
Maarten Braakhekke PhD student, Postdoc (moved to Universiteit Utrecht)
Thomas Brockmann Master Student from Jena University
João Carreira Visiting PhD student (Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal)
Adam Erickson PostDoc
Jonas Guetter Programming, in situ databases
Matthias Forkel PhD student, Postdoc (moved to Remote Sensing research group at TU Wien)
Manos Kalomenopoulos PhD Student (@Wageningen University)
Jean-Philippe Jenny PostDoc, (moved to CARRTEL, INRA)
Marleen Pallandt PhD Student, now with TBM
Steffen Richter Scientific Programmer (now @IT)
Ying Sun Visiting PhD student (University of Texas, Austin, US)
Xiaolu Tang PostDoc
Martin Thurner PhD student (@Stockholm University)
Enrico Tomelleri PostDoc

Current projects

Completed projects

Key papers

Besnard, S., Carvalhais, N., Arain, A., Black, A., de Bruin, S., Buchmann, N., Cescatti, A., Chen, J., Clevers, J. G. P. W., Desai, A. R., Gough, C. M., Havrankova, K., Herold, M., Hörtnagl, L., Jung, M., Knohl, A., Kruijt, B., Krupkova, L., Law, B. E., Lindroth, A., Noormets, A., Roupsard, O., Steinbrecher, R., Varlagin, A., Vincke, C., Reichstein, M. (2018). Quantifying the effect of forest age in annual net forest carbon balance. Environmental Research Letters, 13: 124018. doi:10.1088/1748-9326/aaeaeb.
Nelson, J.A., Carvalhais, N., Cuntz, M., Delpierre, N., Knauer, J., Oge, J., Migliavacca, M., Reichstein, M., Jung, M. (2018). Coupling water and carbon fluxes to constrain estimates of transpiration: the TEA algorithm. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences, 123(12), 3617-3632. doi:10.1029/2018JG004727.
Koirala, S., Jung, M., Reichstein, M., de Graaf, I. E. M., Camps-Valls, G., Ichii, K., Papale, D., Raduly, B., Schwalm, C. R., Tramontana, G., Carvalhais, N. (2017). Global distribution of groundwater-vegetation spatial covariation. Geophysical Research Letters, 44(9), 4134-4142. doi:10.1002/2017GL072885.
Forkel, M., Carvalhais, N., Rödenbeck, C., Keeling, R., Heimann, M., Thonicke, K., Zaehle, S., Reichstein, M. (2016). Enhanced seasonal CO2 exchange caused by amplified plant productivity in northern ecosystems. Science. doi:10.1126/science.aac4971 [abstract, reprint, full text]
Carvalhais, N., Forkel, M., Khomik, M., Bellarby, J., Jung, M., Migliavacca, M., Μu, M., Saatchi, S., Santoro, M., Thurner, M., Weber, U., Ahrens, B., Beer, C., Cescatti, A., Randerson., J.T. & Reichstein, M., (2014) Global covariation of carbon turnover times with climate in terrestrial ecosystems. Nature, 514, 213-217 doi:10.1038/nature13731
Carvalhais, N., Reichstein, M., Ciais, P., Collatz, G.J., Mahecha, M.D., Montagnani, L., Papale, D., Rambal, S. and Seixas, J. (2010) Identification of vegetation and soil carbon pools out of equilibrium in a process model via eddy covariance and biometric constraints. Global Change Biology, 16, 2813-2829, doi:10.1111/j.1365-2486.2010.02173.x

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