Dr. Werner von Bloh

Senior Scientist
von Bloh
 

Contact

Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
T +49 (0)331 288 2603
Werner.von.Bloh[at]pik-potsdam.de
P.O. Box 60 12 03
14412 Potsdam

ORCID

Born: 1963 in Oldenburg, Germany

Address: Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, P.O. Box 60 12 03, 14412 Potsdam, Germany

Education

Ph.D. 1999

University of Potsdam in Theoretical Physics, title "Geophysiologische Modellierung der Wechselwirkung von Klima und Biosphäre" / "Geophysiological modelling of the interaction between climate and biosphere". The thesis is published by Dissertation.de - Verlag im Internet, Berlin.

Diploma1989

University of Oldenburg in physics, title "Simulation und Analyse von irreversiblen Aggregationsprozessen mittels Parallelrechnern" / "Simulation and analysis of irreversible aggregation processes using parallel computers" (Supervisor Prof. Hans Joachim Schellnhuber).

Professional experience

2007-present

Position at the Research Domain 1, Earth System Analysis, at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) in Potsdam, Germany.

1993-2007

Position at the Data & Computation department at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) in Potsdam, Germany.

1989-1993

Postgraduated position at the University of Oldenburg/ Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment (ICBM).

Teaching experience

5-30 Sep. 2005

Lecturer at the fifth summer school of the Helmholtz Institute for Supercomputational Physics (HISP) "Complex Networks in Brain Dynamics"

Since 2004

Lectures at the university of Potsdam

9-15 Sep. 2000

Lecturer at the International School on Earth and Planetary Sciences at the university of Siena

Review activity

Memberships

Programming skills

  • Computer languages: C, C++, FORTRAN
  • Software: UNIX (AIX, Linux), MPI Message passing
  • Administration: IBM CLUSTER-1600, LoadLeveler

Further infos: personal homepage

More than 80 publications in refereed journals and books.

82. B. Sakschewski, W. von Bloh, M. Drüke, A. A. Sörensson , R. Ruscica F. Langerwisch, M. Billing, S. Bereswill, M. Hirota, R. Silva Oliveira, J. Heinke, and K. Thonicke, 2021. Variable tree rooting strategies are key for modelling the distribution, productivity and evapotranspiration of tropical evergreen forests. Biogeosciences 18, 4091-4116 (doi:10.5194/bg-18-4091-2021).

81. M. Drüke, W. von Bloh, St. Petri, B. Sakschewski, S. Schaphoff, M. Forkel, W. Huiskamp, G. Feulner and K. Thonicke, 2021. CM2Mc-LPJmL v1.0: biophysical coupling of a process-based dynamic vegetation model with managed land to a general circulation model. Geoscientific Model Development 14, 4117-4141 (doi:10.5194/gmd-14-4117-2021).

80. M. Drüke, W. von Bloh, B. Sakschewski, N. Wunderling, S. Petri, M. Cardoso, H. J. Barbosa and K. Thonicke, 2021. Climate-induced hysteresis of the tropical forest in a fire-enabled Earth system model. Eur. Phys. J. Spec. Top, doi:/10.1140/epjs/s11734-021-00157-2.

79. Y. Jans, W. von Bloh, S. Schaphoff, and C. Müller, 2021.Global cotton production under climate change – Implications for yield and water consumption. Hydrol. Earth Sci, 25, 2077-2044.

78. K. Thonicke, M. Billing, W. von Bloh, B. Sakschewski Ü. Niinemets, J. Penuela, J. . C. Cornelissen, Y. Onoda, P. van Bodegom, M. E. Schaepman, F. D. Schneider and A, Walz, 2020. Simulating functional diversity of European natural forests along climatic gradients. Journal of Biogeography, doi:10.1111/jbi.13809.

77. M. Forkel, M. Drüke, M. Thurner, W. Dorigo, S. Schaphoff, K. Thonicke, W. von Bloh, and N. Carvalhais, 2019. Constraining modelled global vegtation dynamics and carbon turnover using multiple satellite observations. Scientific Reports 9, doi:10.1038/s41598-019-55187-7.

76. M. Drüke, M. Forkel, W. von Bloh, B. Sakschewski, M. Cardoso, M. Bustamante, J. Kurths, and K. Thonicke, 2019. Improving the LPJmL4-SPITFIRE vegetation-fire model for South America using satellite data. Geoscientific Model Development 12, 5029-2054 (article).

75. H. Biemans, C. Siderius, A. F. Lutz, S. Nepa, B. Ahmad, T. Hassan, W. von Bloh, R. R. Wijngaard, P. Wester, A. B. Shrestha and W. W. Immerzeel, 2019. Importance of snow and glacier meltwater for agriculture on the Indo-Gangetic Plain. Nature Sustainability 2, 594-601 (article).

74. F. Lutz, T. Herzfeld, J. Heinke, S. Rolinski, S. Schaphoff, W. von Bloh, J. J. Stoorvogel, and C. Müller, 2019. Simulating the effect of tillage practices with the global ecosystem model LPJmL (version 5.0-tillage). Geoscientific Model Development 12, 2419-2440(article).

73. W. von Bloh, S. Schaphoff, C. Müller, S. Rolinski, K. Waha, and S. Zaehle, 2018. Implementing the nitrogen cycle into the dynamic global vegetation, hydrology, and crop growth model LPJmL (version 5.0). Geoscientific Model Development 11, 2789-2812 (article).

72. S. Schaphoff, M. Forkel, C. Müller, J. Knauer, W. von Bloh, D. Gerten, J. Jägermeyr, W. Lucht, A. Rammig, K. Thonicke, and K. Waha, 2018. LPJmL4 - a dynamic global vegetation model with managed land: Part II - Model evaluation. Geoscientific Model Development 11, 1377-1403 (article).

71. S. Schaphoff, W. von Bloh, A. Rammig, K. Thonicke, H. Biemans, M. Forkel, D. Gerten, J. Heinke, J. Jägermeyr, J. Knauer, F. Langerwisch, W. Lucht, C. Müller, S. Rolinski, and K. Waha, 2018. LPJmL4 - a dynamic global vegetation model with managed land: Part I - Model description. Geoscientific Model Development 11, 1343-1375 (article).

70. F. Langerwisch, T. Vaclavik, W. von Bloh, T. Vetter, and K. Thonicke, 2017. Combined effects of climate and land-use change on the provision of ecosystem services in rice agro-ecosystems. Environmental Research Letters 13, doi:10.1088/1748-9326/aa954d.

69. B. Sakschewski, W. von Bloh, A. Boit, L. Poorter, M. Peña-Claros, J. Heinke, J. Joshi, and K. Thonicke, 2016. Resilience of Amazon forests emerges from plant trait diversity. Nature Climate Change, doi:10.1038/nclimate3109.

68. A. Boit, B. Sakschewski, L. Boysen, A. C. Crespo, J. Clement, N. G. Alaniz, K. Kok, M. Kolb, F. Langerwisch, A. Rammig, R. Sachse, M. van Eupen, W. von Bloh, D. Zemp, and K. Thonicke, 2016. Large-scale impact of climate change versus land-use change on future biome shifts in Latin America. Global Change Biology, doi: 10.1111/gcb.13355.

67. C. Müller, E. Stehfest, J. van Minnen, B. Strengers, W. von Bloh, S. Schaphoff, A. Beusen, T. Kram, and W. Lucht, 2016. Drivers and patterns of land biosphere carbon balance reversal. Env. Res. Lett. 11, doi:10.1088/1748-9326/11/4/044002.

66. M. Fader, S. Shi, W. von Bloh, A. Bondeau, and W. Cramer, 2016. Mediterranean irrigation under climate change: more efficient irrigation needed to compensate increases in irrigation water requirements. Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci. 20, 953-973 (article).

65. M. Fader, W. von Bloh, S. Shi, A. Bondeau, and W. Cramer, 2015. Modelling Mediterranean agro-ecosystems by including agricultural trees in the LPJmL model. Geoscientific Model Development 8, 3545-3561 (article).

64. S. Rolinski, A. Rammig, A. Walz, W. von Bloh, M. van Oijen, and K. Thonicke, 2015. A probabilistic risk assessment for the vulnerability of the European carbon cycle to extreme events: the ecosystem perspective. Biogeosciences 12, 1813-1831 (article).

63. B. Sakschewski, W. von Bloh, A. Boit, A. Rammig, J. Kattge, L. Poorter, J. Penuelas, and K. Thonicke, 2015. Leaf and stem economics spectra drive diversity of functional plant traits in a dynamic global vegetation model. Global Change Biology, doi: 10.1111/gcb12870.

62. A. Rammig, M. Wiedermann, J. Donges, G. Babs, W. von Bloh, D. Frank, K. Thonicke, and M. Mahecha, 2015. Coincidences of climate extremes and anomalous vegetation responses: comparing tree-ring patterns to simulated productivity. Biogeosciences 12, 373-385 (article).

61. T. Kartschall, M. Wodinski, W. von Bloh, H. Österle, C. Rachimov, and D. Hoppmann, 2015. Changes in phenology and frost risks of Vitis Vinifera (cv Riesling) in Germany between 1901 and 2100. Meteorologische Zeitschrift 24(2), 189-200 (article).

60. M. Forkel, N. Carvalhais, S. Schaphoff, W. von Bloh, M. Migliavacca, M. Thurner, and K. Thonicke, 2014. Identifying environmental controls on vegetation greeness phenology through model-data integration. Biogeosciences 11, 7025-7050 (article).

59. L. P. Cady, A. Brack, J. E. Bueno Pinto, C. Cockell, G. Horneck, J. F. Kasting, C. H. Lineweaver, F. Raulin, J. W. Schopf, N. Sleep, W. von Bloh, F. Westall, D. Deamer, N. Lehman, and J. Perez-Mercader, 2014. Where Do We Go from Here? Astrobiology Editorial Board Opinions. Astrobiology 14(8), 629-644.

58. B. Sakschewski, W. von Bloh, V. Huber, and A. Bondeau, 2014. Feeding 10 billion people under climate change: How large is the production gap of current agricultural systems?. Ecol. Model. 288, 103-111.

57. F. Joos, R. Roth, J. S. Fuglestvedt, G. P. Peters, I. G. Enting, W. von Bloh, V. Brovkin, E. J. Burke, M. Eby, N. R. Edwards, T. Friedrich, T. L. Frölicher, P. R. Halloran, P. B. Holden, C. Jones, T. Kleinen, F. T. Mackenzie, K. Matsumoto, M. Meinshausen, G.-K. Plattner, A. Reisinger, J. Segschneider, G. Shaffer, M. Steinacher, K. Strassmann, K. Tanaka, A. Timmermann, and A. J. Weaver, 2013. Carbon dioxide and climate impulse response functions for the computation of greenhouse gas metrics: a multi-model analysis. Atmos. Chem. Phys. 13, 2793-2825 (article).

56. M. Cuntz, W. von Bloh, K.-P. Schröder, C. Bounama, and S. Franck, 2012. Habitability of Super-Earth Planets around Main-Sequence Stars including Red Giant Branch Evolution: Models based on the Integrated System Approach. Int. J. Astrobiology 11(1), 15-23 (arXiv).

55. S. Franck, W. von Bloh, C. Müller, A. Bondeau, B. Sakschewski, 2011. Harvesting the Sun: New estimations of the maximum population of planet Earth. Ecol. Mod. 222(12), 2019-2016.

54. W. von Bloh, M. Cuntz, S. Franck, and C. Bounama, 2011. Habitability of the Goldilocks planet Gliese 581g: Results from geodynamic models. Astron. & Astrophys. 528, A133.

53. H. Biemans, I. Haddeland, P. Kabat, F. Ludwig, R. W. A. Hutjes, J. Heinke, W. von Bloh, and D. Gerten, 2011. Impact of reservoirs on river discharge and irrigation water supply during the 20th century. Water Resources Research 47, W03509, doi:10.1029/2009WR008929 (article).

52. W. von Bloh, C. Bounama, and S. Franck, 2010. Photosynthesis in the Milky Way. Plant Science 178, 485-490.

51. T. Kleinen, V. Brovkin, W. von Bloh, D. Archer, and G. Munhoven, 2010. Holocene carbon cycle dynamics. Geophys. Res. Lett. 37, L02705, doi:10.1029/2009GL041391 (article).

50. W. von Bloh, S. Rost, D. Gerten, and W. Lucht, 2010. Efficient parallelization of a dynamic global vegetation model with river routing. Environmental Modelling & Software 25, 685-690.

49. W. von Bloh, K. J. Kossacki, S. Franck, and C. Bounama, 2010. Diurnal habitability of frozen worlds. Earth, Moon, and Planets 106(1), 15-26.

48. G. Churkina, V. Brovkin, W. von Bloh, K. Trusilova, M. Jung, and F. Dentener, 2009. Synergy of rising nitrogen depositions and atmospheric CO2 on land carbon uptake offsets global warming. Global Biogeochemical Cycles 23, GB4027, doi:10.1029/2008GB003291.

47. W. von Bloh, M. Cuntz, K.-P. Schroeder, C. Bounama, and S. Franck, 2009. Habitability of Super-Earth Planets around Other Suns: Models including Red Giant Branch Evolution. Astrobiology 9, 593-602.

46. D. Gerten, S. Rost, W. von Bloh, and W. Lucht, 2008. Causes of change in 20th century global river discharge. Geophys. Res. Lett. 35, L20405.

45. S. Franck, C. Bounama, and W. von Bloh, 2008. The fate of planet Earth. Z. geol. Wiss. 6 (3), 115-122.

44. W. von Bloh, C. Bounama, K. Eisenack, B. Knopf, and O. Walkenhorst, 2008. Estimating the biogenic enhancement factor of weathering using an inverse viability method. Ecol. Mod. 216, 245-251.

43. G.-K. Plattner, R. Knutti, F. Joos, T. F. Stocker, W. von Bloh, V. Brovkin, D. Cameron, E. Driesschaert, S. Dutkiewicz, M. Eby, N. R. Edwards, T. Fichefet, J. C. Hargreaves, C. D. Jones, M. F. Loutre, H. D. Matthews, A. Mouchet, S. A. Müller, S. Nawrath, A. Price, A. Sokolov, K. M. Strassmann, and A. J. Weaver, 2008. Long-term climate commitments projected with climate-carbon cycle models. J. Climate 21, 2721-2751.

42. W. von Bloh, C. Bounama, M. Cuntz, and S. Franck, 2007. The habitability of super-Earths in Gliese 581. Astron. & Astrophys. 476, 1365-1371.

41. C. Bounama, W. von Bloh, and S. Franck, 2007. How rare is complex life in the Milky Way? Astrobiology 7 (5), 745-756 (abstract).

40. S. Franck, W. von Bloh., and C. Bounama, 2007. Maximum number of habitable planets at the time of Earth's origin: new hints for panspermia and the mediocrity principle. Int. J. Astrobiology 6 (2), 153-157.

39. W. von Bloh, C. Bounama, and S. Franck, 2007. Dynamic habitability for Earth-like planets in 86 extrasolar planetary systems. Plan. Space Sci. 55, 651-660.

38. S. Franck, C. Bounama, and W. von Bloh, 2006. Causes and Timing of future biosphere extinctions. Biogeosciences 3, 85-92 (article).

37. P. Friedlingstein, P. Cox, R. Betts, L. Bopp, W. von Bloh, V. Brovkin, P. Cadule, S. Doney, M. Eby, I. Fung, G. Bala, J. John, C. Jones, F. Joos, T. Kato, M. Kawamiya, W. Knorr, K. Lindsay, H. D. Matthews, T. Raddatz, P. Rayner, C. Reick, E. Roeckner, K.-G. Schnitzler, R. Schnur, K. Strassmann, A. J. Weaver, C. Yoshikawa, and N. Zeng, 2006. Climate-carbon cycle feedback analysis, results from the C4MIP model intercomparison. J. Climate 19(14), 3337-3353.

36. W. von Bloh, C. Bounama, and S. Franck, 2005. Dynamic habitability of extrasolar planetary systems. Celestial Mechanics & Dynamical Astronomy 92, 287-300 (abstract).

35. W. von Bloh, M. C. Romano, and M. Thiel, 2005. Long-term predictability of mean daily temperature data, Nonlinear Processes in Geophysics 12, 471-479 (abstract).

34. S. Sitch, V. Brovkin, W. von Bloh, D. van Vuuren, B. Eickhout, and A. Ganopolski, 2005. Impacts of future land cover changes on atmospheric CO2 and climate. Global Biogeochemical Cycles 19, GB2013, doi:10.1029/2004GB002311 (abstract).

33. M. C. Romano, M. Thiel, J. Kurths, and W. von Bloh, 2004. Multivariate recurrence plots, Physics Letters A 330 (3-4), 214-223 (abstract).

32. N. Asghari, C. Broeg, L. Carone, R. Casas-Miranda, J. Palaris, I. Csillik, R. Dvorak, F. Freistetter, G. Hadjivantsides, H. Hussmann, A. Khramova, M. Khrisoforova, I. Khromova, I. Kitiashvilli, S. Kozlowski, T. Laskso, T. Laczkowski, D. Lytvinenko, O. Miloni, R. Morishima, A. Moro-Martin, V. Paksyutov, A. Pal, V. Patidar, B. Pecnik, O. Peles, J. Pyo, T. Quinn, A. Rodriguez, M. C. Romano, E. Sakia, J. Stadel, M. Thiel, N. Todorovic, D. Veras, E. Nieto, J. Vilagi , W. von Bloh, R. Zechner, and E. Zhohkova, 2004. Stability of Terrestrial Planets in the Habitable Zone of Gl 777 A, HD 72659, Gl 614, 47 Uma and HD 4208. Astron. & Astrophys. 426, 353-365.

31. V. Brovkin, S. Sitch, W. von Bloh, M. Claussen, E. Bauer, and W. Cramer, 2004. Role of land cover changes for atmospheric CO2 increase and climate change during the last 150 years. Global Change Biology 10, 1253-1266 (abstract).

30. W. von Bloh, M. Cuntz, S. Franck, and C. Bounama, 2003. On the existence of habitability around 55 Cancri. Astrobiology 3(4), 681-688 (abstract).

29. W. von Bloh, C. Bounama, and S. Franck, 2003. Cambrian explosion triggered by geosphere-biosphere feedbacks. Geophys. Res. Lett. 30(18), 1963-1967 (abstract).

28. S. Franck, M. Cuntz, W. von Bloh, and C. Bounama, 2003. The Habitable Zone of Earth-Mass Planets Around 47 UMa: Results for Land and Water Worlds. Int. J. Astrobiology 2, 35-39 (abstract).

27. M. Cuntz, W. von Bloh, C. Bounama, and S. Franck, 2003. On the Possibility of Earth-Type Habitable Planets around 47 UMa. Icarus 116, 214-221 (abstract).

26. W. von Bloh, S. Franck, C. Bounama, and H.-J. Schellnhuber, 2003. Maximum number of habitable planets at the time of Earth's origin: new hints for panspermia? Orig. of Life Evol. Biosphere 33(2), 219-231 (abstract).

25. W. von Bloh, S. Franck, C. Bounama, and H.-J. Schellnhuber, 2003. Biogenic enhancement of weathering and the stability of the ecosphere. Geomicrobio. J. 20(5), 501-511 (abstract).

24. S. Franck, K. J. Kossacki, W. von Bloh, and C. Bounama, 2002. Long-term evolution of the global carbon cycle: historic minimum of global surface temperature at present. Tellus 54B, 325-343 (abstract).

23. C. Bounama, S. Franck, and W. von Bloh, 2001. The fate of Earth's ocean. Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci. 5(4), 569-575 (abstract, full text as a PDF document).

22. S. Franck, A. Block, W. von Bloh, C. Bounama, I. Garrido, and H.-J. Schellnhuber, 2001. Planetary habitability: is Earth commonplace in the Milky Way? Naturwiss. 88, 416-426 (abstract).

21. T. M. Lenton and W. von Bloh, 2001. Biotic feedback extends the life span of the biosphere. Geophys. Res. Lett. 28, no. 9, 1715-1718 (abstract, article in PDF-format).

20. S. Franck, W. von Bloh, C. Bounama, M. Steffen, D. Schönberner, and H.-J. Schellnhuber, 2001. Limits of photosynthesis in extrasolar planetary systems for Earth-like planets. Adv. Space Res. 28/4, 695-700 (abstract, article in PDF format).

19. S. Franck, A. Block, W. von Bloh, C. Bounama, H.-J. Schellnhuber, and Y. M. Svirezhev, 2000. Habitable zone for Earth-like planets in the solar system. Plan. Space Sci. 48, 1099-1105 (abstract, full text as a PDF document).

18. S. Franck, W. von Bloh, C. Bounama, M. Steffen, D. Schönberner, and H.-J. Schellnhuber, 2000. Determination of habitable zones in extrasolar planetary systems: Where are Gaia's sisters? J. Geophys. Res. 105, no. E1, 1651-1658 (abstract, article in PDF format).

17. S. Franck, A. Block, W. von Bloh, C. Bounama, H.-J. Schellnhuber, and Y. M. Svirezhev, 2000. Reduction of life span as a consequence of geodynamics. Tellus 52B, 94-107 (abstract, full text as a HTML-document).

16. Y. M. Svirezhev, W. von Bloh, and H.-J. Schellnhuber, 1999. Climate impact on social systems: the risk assessment approach. Environmental Modeling & Assessment 4(4), 287-294 (abstract, full text as a HTML document).

15. Y. M. Svirezhev, V. Brovkin, W. von Bloh, H.-J. Schellnhuber, and G. Petschel-Held, 1999. Optimization of global CO2 emission based on a simple model of the carbon cycle. Environmental Modeling & Assessment 4(1), 23-33 (abstract).

14. Y. M. Svirezhev, W. von Bloh, and H.-J. Schellnhuber, 1999. "emission game": some applications of the theory of games to the problem of CO2 emission. Environmental Modeling & Assessment 4(4), 234-242 (abstract, full text as a HTML-document).

13. W. von Bloh, A. Block, M. Parade, and H.-J. Schellnhuber, 1999. Tutorial modelling of geosphere-biosphere interactions: the effect of percolation-type habitat fragmentation. Physica A 226, 186-196 (abstract, full text as a HTML-document, article in PDF-format).

12. Y. M. Svirezhev and W. von Bloh, 1998. A zero-dimensional climate-vegetation model containing global carbon and hydrological cycle. Ecol. Mod. 106, 119-127 (abstract, article in PDF-format).

11. W. von Bloh, A. Block, and H.-J. Schellnhuber, 1997. Self stabilization of the biosphere under global change: a tutorial geophysiological approach. Tellus 49B, 249-262 (abstract, full text as a HTML-document).

10. Y. M. Svirezhev and W. von Bloh, 1997. Climate, vegetation, and global carbon cycle: the simplest zero-dimensional model . Ecol. Mod. 101, 79-95 (abstract, full text as a HTML-document, article in PDF-format).

9. Y. M. Svirezhev and W. von Bloh, 1996. A minimal model of interaction between climate and vegetation: qualitative approach. Ecol. Mod. 92, 89-99 (abstract, full text as a HTML-document, article in PDF-format).

8. J. Kropp, A. Block, W. von Bloh, T. Klenke, H.-J. Schellnhuber, 1997. Multifractal characterization of microbially induced magnesian calcite formation in Recent tidal sediments. Sedimentary Geology 109, 37-51 (abstract, article in PDF-format).

7. J. Kropp, W. von Bloh, and T. Klenke, 1996. Calcite formation in microbial mats: modeling and quantification of inhomogeneous distribution patterns by a cellular automaton model and multifractal measures. Geol. Rundsch. 85, 857-863 (abstract).

6. E. Fernandez, W. D. Eldred, J. Ammermüller, A. Block, W. von Bloh, and H. Kolb, 1994. Complexity and Scaling Properties of Amacrine, Ganglion, Horizontal, and Bipolar Cells in the Turtle Retina. J. Comp. Neurol. 347, 397-408 (abstract).

5. W. von Bloh, A. Block, and H.-J. Schellnhuber, 1992. Growth-zone scaling properties and fjord structure grown by particle-cluster interaction. Physica A 191, 108-112 (abstract).

4. T. Klenke, A. Block, W. von Bloh, P. Kappertz, and H.-J. Schellnhuber, 1992. Fraktale Strukturen: Dokumente genetischer Prozesse und intrinsischer Eigenschaften von Sedimenten. Zentralbl. Geolog. und Paläont., Teil II 1991/92, 2785.

3. A. Block, W. von Bloh, T. Klenke, and H.-J. Schellnhuber, 1991. Multifractal analysis of the microdistribution of elements in sedimentary structures using images from scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry. J. Geophys. Res. 96, 16223-16230 (abstract).

2. A. Block, W. von Bloh, and H.-J. Schellnhuber, 1991. Aggregation by attractive particle cluster interaction. Journal of Physics A 24(17), L1037 (abstract).

1. A. Block, W. von Bloh, and H.-J. Schellnhuber, 1990. Efficient box-counting determination of generalized fractal dimensions. Phys. Rev. A. 42, 1869-1874.

  • ECOSTAB - Ecosystem stability and transitions
  • COPAN- Coevolutionary Pathways in the World-Earth system
  • PLACES - Planetary Ecospheres

Lecture WS 2020/2021
Universität Potsdam, Institut für Physik

"Extrasolar Planets and Astrobiology"
Tuesdays, 12:15 - 13:45, room 2.28.2.011

The search for life on other planets is one of the main research questions of Astrobiolgy. The interdisciplanary research field of Astrobiology brings together Astronomy, Astrophyisic, Biololgy and Geophyiscs. Since the first detection of an extrasolar planet around a main sequence star in 1995 multitude of planets have been detected including so-called super Earths. Main topics of the lecture will be the detection and characterization of these extrasolar planets focussing on the search for a second Earth. In order to find the necessary conditions for life on other planets we have to understand how life emerged and evolved on planet Earth. Then we will be able to define the condtions of habitability around other stars and to estimate the occurrence of life in our galaxy.