Professorship for Land Surface-Atmosphere Interactions

Dealing with the impact of global environmental change is the great challenge of the 21st century. Terrestrial ecosystems play an important role by storing large amounts of carbon thereby mitigating climate change. Developing a sound understanding of the functioning of ecosystem processes which are essential for interactions with the atmosphere is the goal of the professorship for “Land Surface-Atmosphere Interactions”.

Our methodological approach includes a combination of observational data and models and ranges from the calculation of simple statistical models to the development of complex process-based models from local, regional to global scale.



2nd CLIMAX Meeting in Brasilia, Brazil, Dec 7-8, 2017

The second CLIMAX meeting took Phillip Papastefanou to Brasilia, Brazil this time. Similar to last year's meeting many scientists from different disciplines participated and we had an interesting discussion about extreme events...[more]


Phillip Papastefanou visits the group of David Lapola @UNICAMP, Brazil, Dec 1-6, 2017

To join forces of modellers and experimentalists in research on tropical plant hydraulics and plant mortality induced by drought, Phillip Papastefanou visited the groups of David Lapola and Rafael Oliveira at UNICAMP University...[more]


1st FEEDBACK workshop

1st FEEDBACK workshop co-organized by the Professorship of Land Surface-Atmosphere Interactions on Nov, 15 and 16. We discussed our conceptual modelling approach for simulating coupled socio-ecological systems with international...[more]

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Research Projects

  • PhosForest: Constraining phosphorus feedbacks on the functioning of the Amazon rainforest
  • FOREXCLIM: Forests and extreme weather events: Solutions for risk resilient management in a changing climate
  • CLIMAX: Climate Services Through Knowledge Co-Production
  • Amazon-FACE: Free Air CO2 Enrichment Experiment in the Amazon Basin
  • Helmholtz-Alliance "Remote Sensing and Earth System Dynamics"
  • International Research Training Group "Dynamical Phenomena in Complex Networks: Fundamentals and Applications"
  • Development of LPJmL and LPJ-GUESS


  • Climate Change in the study course "Sustainable Resource Management" (MSc)
  • Advanced Strategies for Ecological Data Analysis (Graduate Schools)
  • "Environmental monitoring and data analysis" in the study course "Sustainable Resource Management" (MSc)
  • Effects of forest fires and bark beetle attacks on forest dynamics: Development and applications of simple simulation models
  • Entwicklung und Anwendung ökologischer Simulationsmodelle (MSc)
  • Environmental Data Analysis (MSc)
  • Einführung in die Modellierung (BSc)