Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry (© M. Hielscher/MPI-BGC)

Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry

Our research is dedicated to the study of global biogeochemical cycles and their long-term interactions with the biosphere, atmosphere, geosphere and the overall climate system. We hope to improve understanding how living organisms – including humans - exchange fundamental resources like water, carbon, nitrogen and energy with their environment, and how this affects and responds to global climate and environmental change.

The research aims of the Institute include

  • quantifying the role of these interactions in the control of the Earth’s climate in a time of increasing anthropogenic impact
  • developing a quantitative and predictive understanding of the regulation of processes in ecosystems and their attendant biogeochemical cycles in the face of climate change
  • and investigating feedback mechanisms at the Earth’s surface that involve vegetation, atmospheric composition and climate.



Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry
Hans-Knöll-Str. 10
07745 Jena, Germany
Tel.: +49 3641 57 - 60
Fax: +49 3641 57 - 70


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