Research report 2013 - Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry

Climatic extreme events - do they affect the global carbon cycle?

Mahecha, Miguel D.1; Zscheischler, Jakob1,2; Frank, Dorothea1; Reichstein, Markus1

1Abteilung Biogeochemische Integration; Max-Planck-Institut für Biogeochemie, Jena, 2Abteilung Empirische Inferenz; Max-Planck-Institut für Intelligente Systeme, Tübingen
The consequences of climate extremes on the carbon cycle of land ecosystems are not yet fully understood. However, it is becoming apparent that climate extremes tend to trigger a disproportionately high release of carbon dioxide (CO2). Current research in the department “Biogeochemical Integration” at the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry aims at estimating the relevance of this phenomenon at global scales.

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