Research for the Environment

Regional Ecophysiology

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The research group Regional Ecophysiology is measuring and modelling the exchanges of energy, water and trace gases between the terrestrial biosphere and the atmosphere. We are currently installing 4 Eddy covariance towers in very different ecosystems: 1. above a beech forest, 2. on a moist grasland, 3. on an agricultural land, and 4. a below canopy tower in a Mediterranean cork oak forest. The group works in close collaboration with the ecohydrology group of the department CHS to measure the complete water cycles of the ecosystems.

The group is also establishing the Soil-Vegetation-Atmosphere Transfer (SVAT) model "CANVEG" on the measurement sites and extents the model by isotope diagnostics and the full water cycle, i.e. with the model "Soil-Litter-Iso". This is further used to understand how model formulations have to be adapted, if they are developped for ecosystems but shall be used on larger scales such as in land surface schemes. In this context we are investigating the use of the fluxes and auxiliary observations to constrain parameters in land surface schemes.

We are last but not least working on better descriptions of isotope diagnostics in climate models for more reliable representations of the carbon and water cycles at long time scales.

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Accepted / in press (3)
Articles in ISI listed journals (20)
Articles in other journals (not listed in ISI) (2)

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Accepted / in press (3)

  • Rakovec, O., Kumar, R., Mai, J., Cuntz, M., Thober, S., Zink, M., Attinger, S., Schäfer, D., Schrön, M., Samaniego, L., (2015):
    Multiscale and multivariate evaluation of water fluxes and states over European river basins
    J. Hydrometeorol.
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  • Thober, S., Kumar, R., Sheffield, J., Mai, J., Schäfer, D., Samaniego, L., (2015):
    Seasonal soil moisture drought prediction over Europe using the North American Multi-Model Ensemble (NMME)
    J. Hydrometeorol.
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  • Van Stan, J.T., Lewis, E.S., Hildebrandt, A., Rebmann, C., Friesen, J., (2015):
    Impact of interacting bark structure and rainfall conditions on stemflow variability in a temperate beech-oak forest, central Germany
    Hydrol. Sci. J.-J. Sci. Hydrol.
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Articles in ISI listed journals (20)

  • Best, M.J., Abramowitz, G., Johnson, H.R., Pitman, A.J., Balsamo, G., Boone, A., Cuntz, M., Decharme, B., Dirmeyer, P.A., Dong, J., Ek, M., Guo, Z., Haverd, V., van den Hurk, B.J.J., Nearing, G.S., Pak, B., Peters-Lidard, C., Santanello Jr., J.A., Stevens, L., Vuichard, N., (2015):
    The plumbing of land surface models: benchmarking model performance
    J. Hydrometeorol. 16 (3), 1425 - 1442
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  • Costa-e-Silva, F., Correia, A.C., Piayda, A., Dubbert, M., Rebmann, C., Cuntz, M., Werner, C., David, J.S., Pereira, J.S., (2015):
    Effects of an extremely dry winter on net ecosystem carbon exchange and tree phenology at a cork oak woodland
    Agric. For. Meteorol. 204 , 48 - 57
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  • Cuntz, M., Mai, J., Zink, M., Thober, S., Kumar, R., Schäfer, D., Schrön, M., Craven, J.R., Rakovec, O., Spieler, D., Prykhodko, V., Dalmasso, G., Musuuza, J.L., Langenberg, B., Attinger, S., Samaniego, L., (2015):
    Computationally inexpensive identification of noninformative model parameters by sequential screening
    Water Resour. Res. 51 (8), 6417 - 6441
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  • Dubbert, M., Cuntz, M., Piayda, A., Maguás, C., Werner, C., (2013):
    Partitioning evapotranspiration – Testing the Craig and Gordon model with field measurements of oxygen isotope ratios of evaporative fluxes
    J. Hydrol. 496 , 142 - 153
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  • Dubbert, M., Cuntz, M., Piayda, A., Werner, C., (2014):
    Oxygen isotope signatures of transpired water vapor: the role of isotopic non-steady-state transpiration under natural conditions
    New Phytol. 203 (4), 1242 - 1252
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  • Dubbert, M., Mosena, A., Piayda, A., Cuntz, M., Correia, A.C., Pereira, J.S., Werner, C., (2014):
    Influence of tree cover on herbaceous layer development and carbon and water fluxes in a Portuguese cork-oak woodland
    Acta Oecol. - Int. J. Ecol. 59 , 35 - 45
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  • Dubbert, M., Piayda, A., Cuntz, M., Correia, A.C., Costa e Silva, F., Pereira, J.S., Werner, C., (2014):
    Stable oxygen isotope and flux partitioning demonstrates understory of an oak savanna contributes up to half of ecosystem carbon and water exchange
    Front. Plant Sci. 5 , art. 530
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  • Göhler, M., Mai, J., Cuntz, M., (2013):
    Use of eigendecomposition in a parameter sensitivity analysis of the Community Land Model
    J. Geophys. Res. 118 (2), 904 - 921
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  • Luyssaert, S., Jammet, M., Stoy, P.C., Estel, S., Pongratz, J., Ceschia, E., Churkina, G., Don, A., Erb, K., Ferlicoq, M., Gielen, B., Grunwald, T., Houghton, R.A., Klumpp, K., Knohl, A., Kolb, T., Kuemmerle, T., Laurila, T., Lohila, A., Loustau, D., McGrath, M.J., Meyfroidt, P., Moors, E.J., Naudts, K., Novick, K., Otto, J., Pilegaard, K., Pio, C.A., Rambal, S., Rebmann, C., Ryder, J., Suyker, A.E., Varlagin, A., Wattenbach, M., Dolman, A.J., (2014):
    Land management and land-cover change have impacts of similar magnitude on surface
    Nat. Clim. Chang. 4 (5), 389 - 393
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  • Mai, J., Trump, S., Lehmann, I., Attinger, S., (2013):
    Parameter importance in FRAP acquisition and analysis: a simulation approach
    Biophys. J. 104 (9), 2089 - 2097
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  • Marañón-Jiménez, S., Castro, J., Fernández-Ondoño, E., Zamora, R., (2013):
    Charred wood remaining after a wildfire as a reservoir of macro- and micronutrients in a Mediterranean pine forest
    Int. J. Wildland Fire 22 (5), 681 - 695
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  • Marañón-Jiménez, S., Castro, J., Querejeta, J.I., Fernández-Ondoño, E., Allen, C.D., (2013):
    Post-fire wood management alters water stress, growth, and performance of pine regeneration in a Mediterranean ecosystem
    For. Ecol. Manage. 308 , 231 - 239
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  • Mauder, M., Cuntz, M., Drüe, C., Graf, A., Rebmann, C., Schmid, H.P., Schmidt, M., Steinbrecher, R., (2013):
    A strategy for quality and uncertainty assessment of long-term eddy-covariance measurements
    Agric. For. Meteorol. 169 , 122 - 135
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  • Piayda, A., Dubbert, M., Rebmann, C., Kolle, O., Costa e Silva, F., Correia, A., Pereira, J.S., Werner, C., Cuntz, M., (2014):
    Drought impact on carbon and water cycling in a Mediterranean Quercus suber L. woodland during the extreme drought event in 2012
    Biogeosciences 11 (24), 7159 - 7178
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  • Piayda, A., Dubbert, M., Werner, C., Correia, A.V., Pereira, J.S., Cuntz, M., (2015):
    Influence of woody tissue and leaf clumping on vertically resolved leaf area index and angular gap probability estimates
    For. Ecol. Manage. 340 , 103 - 113
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  • Thober, S., Mai, J., Zink, M., Samaniego, L., (2014):
    Stochastic temporal disaggregation of monthly precipitation for regional gridded data sets
    Water Resour. Res. 50 (11), 8714 - 8735
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  • Thober, S., Samaniego, L., (2014):
    Robust ensemble selection by multivariate evaluation of extreme precipitation and temperature characteristics
    J. Geophys. Res. 119 (2), 594 - 613
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  • Wehrer, M., Mai, J., Attinger, S., Totsche, K.U., (2013):
    Kinetic control of contaminant release from NAPLs – Information potential of concentration time profiles
    Environ. Pollut. 179 , 301 - 314
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  • Wöhling, T., Gayler, S., Priesack, E., Ingwersen, J., Wizemann, H.-D., Högy, P., Cuntz, M., Attinger, S., Wulfmeyer, V., Streck, T., (2013):
    Multiresponse, multiobjective calibration as a diagnostic tool to compare accuracy and structural limitations of five coupled soil-plant models and CLM3.5
    Water Resour. Res. 49 (12), 8200 - 8221
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  • Zech, M., Bösel, S., Tuthorn, M., Benesch, M., Dubbert, M., Cuntz, M., Glaser, B., (2015):
    Sauna, sweat and science – quantifying the proportion of condensation water versus sweat using a stable water isotope (2H/1H and 18O/16O) tracer experiment
    Isot. Environ. Health Stud. 51 (3), 439 - 447
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Articles in other journals (not listed in ISI) (2)

  • Demuzere, M., Coutts, A.M., Göhler, M., Broadbentb, A.M., Wouters, H., van Lipzig, N.P.M., Gerbet, L., (2014):
    The implementation of biofiltration systems, rainwater tanks and urban irrigation in a single-layer urban canopy model
    Urban Climate 10 (1), 148 - 170
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  • Kumar, R., Musuuza, J.L., Van Loon, A.F., Teuling, A.J., Barthel, R., Ten Broek, J., Mai, J., Samaniego, L., Attinger, S., (2015):
    Multiscale evaluation of the standardized precipitation index as a groundwater drought indicator
    Hydrology and Earth System Sciences Discussions (HESSD) 12 (8), 7405 - 7436
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