Welcome to the Bioclimatology Group


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Andre Ringeler, Alexander Knohl, Ashehad Ali, Nicolò Camarretta, Christian Stiegler, Franziska Koebsch, Justus van Ramshorst, Christian Markwitz, Anne Klosterhalfen, Nina Tiralla, Frank Tiedemann, Jonathan Jürgensen, Yuan Yan, Rahmi Ariani, Jan Muhr, Heinrich Kreilein, Anas Emad, Ursula Buchholz, Edgar Tunsch, Marek Peksa and Dietmar Fellert

Research and Teaching

Terrestrial ecosystems and particular forests are important components of the global climate system as sinks or sources of water vapor and trace gases such as carbon dioxide or methane. Furthermore, terrestrial ecosystems provide essential services to society by producing food, wood, improving water quality and by shaping local and regional climate.

The Department of Bioclimatology focuses - in research and teaching - on the interaction of ecosystems and atmopshere. We aim to understand the ecophysiology and biogeochemical cycles of terrestrial ecosystems and to investigate how they respond to a changing environment and to land-use management using field and laboratory measurements and models.

As key tools we use (a) micrometeorological approaches such as the eddy covariance technique for measuring the exchange of water vapor, energy and carbon dioxide, (b) stable isotopes in carbon dioxide (13C and 18O) and water vapor (2H and 18O) using laser spectroscopy, (c) ecosystem models such as CANVEG and regional climate models such as CLM for the analysis of feedbacks between land and atmopshere.

The Department of Bioclimatolgy operates research sites (eddy covariance flux towers and meteorological stations) in Germany (Hainich, Leinefelde, Reinshof, Göttinger Wald) and in Indonesia.