Director Susan E. Trumbore

Biogeochemical Processes

Prof. Susan E. Trumbore, PhD

Coupling of biogeochemical cycles with functional processes in ecosystems

The Department of Biogeochemical Processes explores the key processes and organisms that regulate exchanges of energy, water and elements between ecosystems and their surroundings. We use observations, experiments and models to improve understanding of how human activities are altering ecosystem function, and the consequences of those changes for sustainability and regional/global climate.

Former director Martin Heimann on the institute's rooftop where a meteorological station is measuring weather data and local greenhouse gases.

Biogeochemical Systems


Impact of biogeochmical cyles on greenhouse gases in the atmosphere

Biogeochemical cycles are represented in the atmosphere by several important greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide. In the Department of Biogeochemical Systems we develop methods to measure these gases in situ and by remote sensing, we expand the measurement network to remote hot-spot regions such as Siberia and Amazonia, and we develop and apply numerical models to quantify the large-scale sources and sinks of the greenhouse gases.

Director Markus Reichstein

Biogeochemical Integration

Prof. Dr. Markus Reichstein

New modelling and model-data integration approaches for explaining global change processes

The Department of Biogeochemical Integration aims to better represent global climate-soil-vegetation interactions, to recognize the current state of the global terrestrial biosphere as well as predict the Ecosystems’ behavior under different past and future environmental conditions by developing new modelling and model-data integration approaches.

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