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Research Group "Biosphere"

Group leader: Wolfgang Lucht

The biosphere group is the primary developer of a leading process-based biosphere dynamics model (LPJ), which is validated against observations from space and the ground. The model and supporting data bases are used to investigate the role of biospheric processes in the overall Earth system, particularly with respect to its stability on the decadal time-scale (cf TOPIK project BIS).

Current members of the biosphere group:

Alberte Bondeau (senior scientist)
Wolfgang Cramer (professor)
Dieter Gerten (postdoc)
Wolfgang Lucht (senior scientist, group leader)
Christoph Müller (Ph. D. student)
Tanja Rixecker (Ph. D. student)
Sibyll Schaphoff (technician)
Birgit Schröder (Ph. D. student)
Stephen Sitch (senior scientist)
Pascalle Smith (junior project scientist, French-German liaison officer)
Kirsten Thonicke (guest postdoc, Max-Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena, Germany)

TOPIK-projects the biosphere group contributes to:

BIS - Biosphere Interactions in the Earth System

CLIMBER-3 - Earth System Model of Intermediate Complexity

QUEST - QUaternary Earth-system STability

Ph.D. projects of the biosphere group



Thesis working title

supervisor (project)

supervisor (university)

Christoph Müller

Modelling global land use scenarios, incorporating the interaction between the biogeochemical processes of the vegetation and the socio-economy

Alberte Bondeau

Wolfgang Cramer

Tanja Rixecker

Functional Diversity and Carbon Cycle of the Biosphere: Natural Interactions and Human Interventions

Wolfgang Lucht

Wolfgang Cramer

Birgit Schröder

to be determined

Wolfgang Lucht

Wolfgang Cramer

Recent publication highlights from the biosphere group:

Lucht, W., Prentice, I.C., Myneni, R. B., Sitch, S., Friedlingstein, P., Cramer, W., Bousquet, P., Buermann, W. & Smith, B. 2002. Climatic control of the high-latitude vegetation greening trend and Pinatubo effect. Science 296:1687-1689

Sitch, S., Smith, B., Prentice, I.C., Arneth, A., Bondeau, A., Cramer, W., Kaplan, J.O., Levis, S., Lucht, W., Sykes, M.T., Thonicke, K. & Venevsky, S. 2003. Evaluation of ecosystem dynamics, plant geography and terrestrial carbon cycling in the LPJ Dynamic Global Vegetation Model. Global Change Biology 9:161-185

(1-3 papers to be added here...)

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Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research - Wolfgang.Cramer@pik-potsdam.de - last updated 11.7.2003