Natural processes are fundamental parts of the Earth system. The interactions and feedbacks between different natural processes influence the state of the Earth system, and most importantly, involve the exchange of energy, water, carbon and nutrients. These cycles occur at different spatial and temporal scales, from molecules to synoptic weather events, and from seconds to millennia. This inherent complexity poses an enormous yet fascinating challenge when understanding the underlying drivers of the natural processes shaping the Earth system. In this session we will address these appealing topics, along with other natural processes that affect the Earth system. If you are conducting research in these fields, we welcome contributions on your ideas and preliminary results.

Keynote speaker

The invited Keynote speaker for this session is Ingrid van der Laan-Luijkx, assistant professor in the Meteorological and Air Quality Department at Wageningen University, The Netherlands. Dr. van der Laan-Luijkx is an expert in the global carbon cycle, in particular the effect of forest fires in net biome exchange. In addition, she currently holds a Veni Grant from the Dutch Science Organization (NWO) for unraveling forest carbon balance by measuring oxygen and CO2 concentrations with very precise instruments. This project is particularly interesting as it uses novel techniques for understanding photosynthesis, one of the key natural processes on Earth.

Detailed Program


Wednesday 13th of March
11:00 - 12:30
1) Nora Linscheid: 'Biosphere-atmosphere covariation across scales: towards a global characterization'
2) Tina Trautmann: 'The hydrological impact of spatial vegetation representation in a global model'
3) Jasper Denissen: 'Characteristic soil moisture range transitioning between energy and water limitation of the biosphere'
4) Yunpeng Luo: 'Fertilization effects on physiological and structural phenology'

13:30 - 15:00
5) Andreas Knebl: 'Raman Gas Spectroscopy: a Promising Tool to Study Nitrogen Fixation and Oxygen Dynamics'
6) Moritz Schroll: 'The carbon stable isotope signature of methane produced by two saprotrophic fungi'
7) Jeff Beem-Miller: 'Radiocarbon Incubations as Constraints for Soil Carbon Models'


Wednesday 13th of March
Faton Bajselmani 'GPS constellation and signal propagation for Kosovo territory '
Djebbar Arab 'Robustness of the link between precipitation in North Africa and standard modes of atmospheric variability in the Northern Atlantic and the Mediterranean during last millennium.'
Santiago Botia 'Understanding Nighttime Methane Concentrations at the Amazon Tall Tower Observatory (ATTO)'
Ann-Sophie 'Lehnert Improvements in the monitoring of volatile organic carbon using selective ion flow tube mass spectrometry (SIFT-MS)'
Andreas Knebl 'Raman Gas Spectroscopy: a Promising Tool to Study Nitrogen Fixation and Oxygen Dynamics'
Farilde Steur 'Simultaneous measurements of ð13C-CO2, ð18O-CO2 and ð17O-CO2 in atmospheric samples by the Aerodyne Interband Cascade Dual-Laser Absorption Spectrometer'
Basil Kraft 'Identifying dynamic memory effects of vegetation state using recurrent neural networks'
Shane Stoner 'Hot Dating: 13C and 14C in OM Using Thermal Fractionation'
Lina M. Estupinan-Suarez 'Biosphere-atmosphere covariation across scales: towards a global characterization'
Khelvi Biriukova 'Characterization of sun-induced fluorescence and PRI anisotropy based on field spectroscopy data'


Natural processes

Understanding how the natural processes affect the Earth system.
With keynote speaker Ingrid van der Laan-Luijkx.

Anthropogenic activities

Understanding how the anthropogenic activities affect the Earth system.
With keynote speaker Markus Reichstein.

Prediction and vulnerability

Prediction and vulnerability of the Earth system.
With keynote speaker Natalie Krivova.

Skills and methods

Workshop: Skills and methods for Earth system research. Share and learn new skills.
With keynote speaker Jakob Runge.