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.



LSAI visits MPI-BCG in Jena

Katrin Fleischer gave a guest talk at the Max-Planck-Institut of Biogeochemistry in Jena, Germany, where she and Anja Rammig visited Dr. Sönke Zaehle, a collaborator on several ongoing projects. [more]


LSAI at 5th iLeaps conference

Katrin Fleischer participated in the 5th iLeaps conference from 11th to 14th of September in Oxford, where she presented the ongoing research on model-experiment integration for the AmazonFACE project. [more]


AmazonFACE model-experiment integration (MEI) workshop at TUM

10-12th of July 2017 at LSAI in Freising, Germany[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)