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1Laurin, G. V., Belli, C., Bianconi, R., Laranci, P., Papale, D. (in press). Early mapping of industrial tomato in Central and Southern Italy with Sentinel 2, aerial and RapidEye additional data. Journal of Agricultural Science.


1Erb, K.-H., Kastner, T., Plutzar, C., Bais, A. L. S., Carvalhais, N., Fetzel, T., Gingrich, S., Haberl, H., Lauk, C., Niedertscheider, M., Pongratz, J., Thurner, M., Luyssaert, S. (2018). Unexpectedly large impact of forest management and grazing on global vegetation biomass. Nature, 553(7686), 73-76. doi:10.1038/nature25138.
2Laurin, G. V., Balling, J., Corona, P., Mattioli, W., Papale, D., Puletti, N., Rizzo, M., Truckenbrodt, J., Urban, M. (2018). Above-ground biomass prediction by Sentinel-1 multitemporal data in central Italy with integration of ALOS2 and Sentinel-2 data. Journal of Applied Remote Sensing, 12(1): 016008. doi:10.1117/1.JRS.12.016008.
3Pongratz, J., Dolman, H., Don, A., Erb, K.-H., Fuchs, R., Herold, M., Jones, C., Luyssaert, S., Kuemmerle, T., Meyfroidt, P., Naudts, K. (2018). Models meet data: Challenges and opportunities in implementing land management in Earth system models. Global Change Biology, 24(4), 1470-1487. doi:10.1111/gcb.13988.
4Reiche, J., Hamunyela, E., Verbesselt, J., Hoekman, D., Herold, M. (2018). Improving near-real time deforestation monitoring in tropical dry forests by combining dense Sentinel-1 time series with Landsat and ALOS-2 PALSAR-2. Remote Sensing of Environment, 204, 147-161. doi:10.1016/j.rse.2017.10.034.
5Trouet, V., Babst, F., Meko, M. (2018). Recent enhanced high-summer North Atlantic Jet variability emerges from three-century context. Nature Communications, 9: 180. doi:10.1038/s41467-017-02699-3.
6von Buttlar, J., Zscheischler, J., Rammig, A., Sippel, S., Reichstein, M., Knohl, A., Jung, M., Menzer, O., Arain, M. A., Buchmann, N., Cescatti, A., Gianelle, D., Kieley, G., Law, B. E., Magliulo, V., Margolis, H., McCaughey, H., Merbold, L., Migliavacca, M., Montagnani, L., Oechel, W., Pavelka, M., Peichl, M., Rambal, S., Raschi, A., Scott, R. L., Vaccari, F. P., van Gorsel, E., Varlagin, A., Wohlfahrt, G., Mahecha, M. D. (2018). Impacts of droughts and extreme-temperature events on gross primary production and ecosystem respiration: a systematic assessment across ecosystems and climate zones. Biogeosciences, 15(5), 1293-1318. doi:10.5194/bg-15-1293-2018.
7Zhang, Z., Babst, F., Bellassen, V., Frank, D., Launois, T., Tan, K., Ciais, P., Poulter, B. (2018). Converging climate sensitivities of European forests between observed radial tree growth and vegetation models. Ecosystems, 21(3), 410-425. doi:10.1007/s10021-017-0157-5.


1Babst, F., Poulter, B., Bodesheim, P., Mahecha, M. D., Frank, D. C. (2017). Improved tree-ring archives will support earth-system science. Nature Ecology & Evolution, 1: 0008. doi:10.1038/s41559-016-0008.
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2Butler, E. E., Datta, A., Flores-Moreno, H., Chen, M., Wythers, K. R., Fazayeli, F., Banerjee, A., Atkine, O. K., Kattge, J., Amiaud, B., Blonder, B., Boenisch, G., Bond-Lamberty, B., Brown, K. A., Byun, C., Campetella, G., Cerabolini, B. E. L., Cornelissen, J. H. C., Craine, J. M., Craven, D., de Vriess, F. T., Diaz, S., Domingues, T. F., Forey, E., González-Melox, A., Grossy, N., Han, W., Hattingh, W. N., Hickler, T., Jansen, S., Kramer, K., Kraft, N. J. B., Kurokawa, H., Laughlin, D. C., Meir, P., Minden, V., Niinemets, Ü., Onoda, Y., Penuelas, J., Read, Q., Sack, L., Schamp, B., Soudzilovskaia, N. A., Spasojevic, M. J., Sosinski, E., Thornton, P. E., Valladares, F., van Bodegom, P. M., Williams, M., Wirth, C., Reich, P. B. (2017). Mapping local and global variability in plant trait distributions. Proc.Natl.Acad.Sci.USA, 114(51), E10937-E10946. doi:10.1073/pnas.1708984114.
3Erb, K., Luyssaert, S., Meyfroidt, P., Pongratz, J., Don, A., Kloster, S., Kuemmerle, T., Fetzel, T., Fuchs, R., Herold, M., Haberl, H., Jones, C. D., Spiotta, E. M., McCallum, I., Robertson, E., Seufert, V., Fritz, S., Valade, A., Wiltshire, A., Dolman, A. J. (2017). Land management: data availability and process understanding for global change studies. Global Change Biology, 23(2), 512-533. doi:10.1111/gcb.13443.
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4Flach, M., Gans, F., Brenning, A., Denzler, J., Reichstein, M., Rodner, E., Bathiany, S., Bodesheim, P., Guanche, Y., Sippel, S., Mahecha, M. D. (2017). Multivariate anomaly detection for Earth observations: a comparison of algorithms and feature extraction techniques. Earth System Dynamics, 8(3), 677-696. doi:10.5194/esd-8-677-2017.
5Hamunyela, E., Reiche, J., Verbesselt, J., Herold, M. (2017). Using Space-Time Features to Improve Detection of Forest Disturbances from Landsat Time Series. Remote Sensing, 9(6): 515. doi:10.3390/rs9060515.
6Ilie, I., Dittrich, P., Carvalhais, N., Jung, M., Heinemeyer, A., Migliavacca, M., Morison, J. I. L., Sippel, S., Subke, J.-A., Wilkinson, M., Mahecha, M. D. (2017). Reverse engineering model structures for soil and ecosystem respiration: the potential of gene expression programming. Geoscientific Model Development, 10(9), 3519-3545. doi:10.5194/gmd-10-3519-2017.
7Jung, M., Reichstein, M., Schwalm, C. R., Huntingford, C., Sitch, S., Ahlström, A., Arneth, A., Camps-Valls, G., Ciais, P., Friedlingstein, P., Gans, F., Ichii, K., Jain, A. K., Kato, E., Papale, D., Poulter, B., Raduly, B., Rödenbeck, C., Tramontana, G., Viovy, N., Wang, Y.-P., Weber, U., Zaehle, S., Zeng, N. (2017). Compensatory water effects link yearly global land CO2 sink changes to temperature. Nature, 541(7638), 516-520. doi:10.1038/nature20780.
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8Koirala, S., Jung, M., Reichstein, M., de Graaf, I. E. M., Camps-Valls, G., Ichii, K., Papale, D., Raduly, B., Schwalm, C. R., Tramontana, G., Carvalhais, N. (2017). Global distribution of groundwater-vegetation spatial covariation. Geophysical Research Letters, 44(9), 4134-4142. doi:10.1002/2017GL072885.
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9Mahecha, M. D., Gans, F., Sippel, S., Donges, J. F., Kaminski, T., Metzger, S., Migliavacca, M., Papale, D., Rammig, A., Zscheischler, J. (2017). Detecting impacts of extreme events with ecological in situ monitoring networks. Biogeosciences, 14(18), 4255-4277. doi:10.5194/bg-14-4255-2017.
10Musavi, T., Migliavacca, M., Reichstein, M., Kattge, J., Wirth, C., Black, T. A., Janssens, I., Knohl, A., Loustau, D., Roupsard, O., Varlagin, A., Rambal, S., Cescatti, A., Gianelle, D., Kondo, H., Tamrakar, R., Mahecha, M. D. (2017). Stand age and species richness dampen interannual variation of ecosystem-level photosynthetic capacity. Nature Ecology & Evolution, 1(2): 0048. doi:10.1038/s41559-016-0048.
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11Pappas, C., Mahecha, M. D., Frank, D. C., Babst, F., Koutsoyiannis, D. (2017). Ecosystem functioning is enveloped by hydrometeorological variability. Nature Ecology & Evolution, 1(9), 1263-1270. doi:10.1038/s41559-017-0277-5.
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12Pellissier, V., Mimet, A., Fontaine, C., Svenning, J.-C., Couvet, D. (2017). Relative importance of the land-use composition and intensity for the bird community composition in anthropogenic landscapes. Ecology and Evolution, 7(24), 10513-10535. doi:10.1002/ece3.3534.
13Reyers, B., Stafford-Smith, M., Erb, K.-H., Scholes, R. J., Selomane, O. (2017). Essential variables help to focus sustainable development goals monitoring. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 26-27, 97-105. doi:10.1016/j.cosust.2017.05.003.
14Sippel, S., Forkel, M., Rammig, A., Thonicke, K., Flach, M., Heimann, M., Otto, F. E. L., Reichstein, M., Mahecha, M. D. (2017). Contrasting and interacting changes in simulated spring and summer carbon cycle extremes in European ecosystems. Environmental Research Letters, 12: 075006. doi:10.1088/1748-9326/aa7398.
15Sippel, S., Zscheischler, J., Heimann, M., Lange, H., Mahecha, M. D., van Oldenborgh, G. J., Otto, F. E. L., Reichstein, M. (2017). Have precipitation extremes and annual totals been increasing in the world’s dry regions over the last 60 years? Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 21(1), 441-458. doi:10.5194/hess-21-441-2017.
16Sippel, S., Zscheischler, J., Mahecha, M. D., Orth, R., Reichstein, M., Vogel, M., Seneviratne, S. I. (2017). Refining multi-model projections of temperature extremes by evaluation against land–atmosphere coupling diagnostics. Earth System Dynamics, 8(2), 387-403. doi:10.5194/esd-8-387-2017.
17Sun, Y., Frankenberg, C., Wood, J. D., Schimel, D. S., Jung, M., Guanter, L., Drewry, D. T., Verma, M., Porcar-Castell, A., Griffis, T. J., Gu, L., Magney, T. S., Köhler, P., Evans, B., Yuen, K. (2017). OCO-2 advances photosynthesis observation from space via solar-induced chlorophyll fluorescence. Science, 358(6360): eaam5747. doi:10.1126/science.aam5747.
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18Vaglio Laurin, G., Pirotti, F., Callegari, M., Chen, Q., Cuozzo, G., Lingua, E., Notarnicola, C., Papale, D. (2017). Potential of ALOS2 and NDVI to estimate forest above-ground biomass, and comparison with lidar-derived estimates. Remote Sensing, 9: 18. doi:10.3390/rs9010018.
19Zscheischler, J., Mahecha, M. D., Avitabile, V., Calle, L., Carvalhais, N., Ciais, P., Gans, F., Gruber, N., Hartmann, J., Herold, M., Ichii, K., Jung, M., Landschützer, P., Laruelle, G. G., Lauerwald, R., Papale, D., Peylin, P., Poulter, B., Ray, D., Regnier, P., Rödenbeck, C., Roman-Cuesta, R. M., Schwalm, C., Tramontana, G., Tyukavina, A. T., Valentini, R., van der Werf, G., West, T. O., Wolf, J. E., Reichstein, M. (2017). Reviews and syntheses: An empirical spatiotemporal description of the global surface–atmosphere carbon fluxes: opportunities and data limitations. Biogeosciences, 14(15), 3685-3703. doi:10.5194/bg-14-3685-2017.


1Campioli, M., Malhi, Y., Vicca, S., Luyssaert, S., Papale, D., Peñuelas, J., Reichstein, M., Migliavacca, M., Arain, M. A., Janssens, I. A. (2016). Evaluating the convergence between eddy covariance and biometric methods for assessing carbon budgets of forests. Nature Communications, 7: 13717. doi:10.1038/ncomms13717.
2Díaz, S., Kattge, J., Cornelissen, J. H. C., Wright, I. J., Lavorel, S., Dray, S., Reu, B., Kleyer, M., Wirth, C., Prentice, I. C., Garnier, E., Bönisch, G., Westoby, M., Poorter, H., Reich, P. B., Moles, A. T., Dickie, J., Gillison, A. N., Zanne, A. E., Chave, J., Wright, S. J., Sheremetev, S. N., Jactel, H., Baraloto, C., Cerabolini, B., Pierce, S., Shipley, B., Kirkup, D., Casanoves, F., Joswig, J., Günther, A., Falczuk, V., Rüger, N., Mahecha, M. D., Gorné, L. D. (2016). The global spectrum of plant form and function. Nature, 529, 167-171. doi:10.1038/nature16489.
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3Disney, M., Muller, J.-P., Kharbouche, S., Kaminski, T., Voßbeck, M., Lewis, P., Pinty, B. (2016). A new global fAPAR and LAI dataset derived from optimal Albedo estimates: Comparison with MODIS products. Remote Sensing, 8(4): 275. doi:10.3390/rs8040275.
4Erb, K.-H., Fetzel, T., Plutzar, C., Kastner, T., Lauk, C., Mayer, A., Niedertscheider, M., Körner, C., Haberl, H. (2016). Biomass turnover time in terrestrial ecosystems halved by land use. Nature geoscience, 9, 674-678. doi:10.1038/ngeo2782.
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5Guanche Garcia, Y., Rodner, E., Flach, M., Sippel, S., Mahecha, M. D., Denzler, J. (2016). Detecting multivariate biosphere extremes. In A. Banerjee, W. Ding, V. Dy (Eds.), Proceedings of the 6th International Workshop on Climate Informatics: CI2016: NCAR Technical Note NCAR/TN-529+PROC (pp. 9-12). Boulder: National Center for Atmospheric Research.
6Joshi, N., Baumann, M., Ehammer, A., Fensholt, R., Grogan, K., Hostert, P., Rudbeck Jepsen, M., Kuemmerle, T., Meyfroidt, P., Mitchard, E. T. A., Reiche, J., Ryan, C. M., Waske, B. (2016). A review of the application of optical and radar remote sensing data fusion to land use mapping and monitoring. Remote Sensing, 8(1): 70. doi:10.3390/rs8010070.
7Musavi, T., Migliavacca, M., van de Weg, M. J., Kattge, J., Wohlfahrt, G., van Bodegom, P., Reichstein, M., Bahn, M., Carrara, A., Domingues, T., Gavazzi, M., Gianelle, D., Gimeno, C., Granier, A., Gruening, C., Havránková, K., Herbst, M., Hrynkiw, C., Kalhori, A., Kaminski, T., Klumpp, K., Kolari, P., Longdoz, B., Minerbi, S., Montagnani, L., Moors, E., Oechel, W., Reich, P., Rohatyn, S., Rossi, A., Rotenberg, E., Varlagin, A., Wilkinson, M., Wirth, C., Mahecha, M. D. (2016). Potential and limitations of inferring ecosystem photosynthetic capacity from leaf functional traits. Ecology and Evolution, 6(20), 7352-7366. doi:10.1002/ece3.2479.
8Reiche, J., Lucas, R., Mitchell, A. L., Verbesselt, J., Hoekman, D. H., Haarpaintner, J., Kellndorfer, J. M., Rosenqvist, A., Lehmann, E. A., Woodcock, C. E., Seifert, F. M., Herold, M. (2016). Combining satellite data for better tropical forest monitoring. Nature Climate Change, 6, 120-122. doi:10.1038/nclimate2919.
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9Rodner, E., Barz, B., Guanche, Y., Flach, M., Mahecha, M. D., Bodesheim, P., Reichstein, M., Denzler, J. (2016). Maximally divergent intervals for anomaly detection. In ICML 2016 Anomaly Detection Workshop. doi:10.17871/BACI_ICML2016_Rodner.
10Sippel, S., Lange, H., Mahecha, M. D., Hauhs, M., Bodesheim, P., Kaminski, T., Gans, F., Rosso, O. A. (2016). Diagnosing the dynamics of observed and simulated ecosystem gross primary productivity with time causal information theory quantifiers. PLoS One, 11(10): e0164960. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0164960.
11Sippel, S., Otto, F. E. L., Flach, M., van OLdenborgh, G. J. (2016). The role of anthropogenic warming in 2015 central european heat waves. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 97(12), S51-S56. doi:10.1175/BAMS-D-16-0150.1.
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12Tramontana, G., Jung, M., Schwalm, C. R., Ichii, K., Camps-Valls, G., Ráduly, B., Reichstein, M., Arain, M. A., Cescatti, A., Kiely, G., Merbold, L., Serrano-Ortiz, P., Sickert, S., Wolf, S., Papale, D. (2016). Predicting carbon dioxide and energy fluxes across global FLUXNET sites with regression algorithms. Biogeosciences, 13(14), 4291-4313. doi:10.5194/bg-13-4291-2016.
13Vaglio Laurin, G., Hawthorne, W. D., Chiti, T., Di Paola, A., Cazzolla Gatti, R., Marconi, S., Noce, S., Grieco, E., Pirotti, F., Valentini, R. (2016). Does degradation from selective logging and illegal activities differently impact forest resources? A case study in Ghana. iForest - Biogeosciences and Forestry, 9, 354-362. doi:10.3832/ifor1779-008.
14Vaglio Laurin, G., Puletti, N., Chen, Q., Corona, P., Papale, D., Valentini, R. (2016). Above ground biomass and tree species richness estimation with airborne lidar in tropical Ghana forests. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, 52, 371-379. doi:10.1016/j.jag.2016.07.008.
15Vaglio Laurin, G., Puletti, N., Hawthorne, W., Liesenberg, V., Corona, P., Papale, D., Chen, Q., Valentini, R. (2016). Discrimination of tropical forest types, dominant species, and mapping of functional guilds by hyperspectral and simulated multispectral Sentinel-2 data. Remote Sensing of Environment, 176, 163-176. doi:10.1016/j.rse.2016.01.017.
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16Vittucci, C., Ferrazzoli, P., Kerr, Y., Richaume, P., Guerriero, L., Rahmoune, R., Vaglio Laurin, G. (2016). SMOS retrieval over forests: Exploitation of optical depth and tests of soil moisture estimates. Remote Sensing of Environment, 180, 115-127. doi:10.1016/j.rse.2016.03.004.


1Papale, D., Black, T. A., Carvalhais, N., Cescatti, A., Chen, J., Jung, M., Kiely, G., Lasslop, G., Mahecha, M. D., Margolis, H., Merbold, L., Montagnani, L., Moors, E., Olesen, J. E., Reichstein, M., Tramontana, G., van Gorsel, E., Wohlfahrt, G., Ráduly, B. (2015). Effect of spatial sampling from European flux towers for estimating carbon and water fluxes with artificial neural networks. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences, 120(10), 1941-1957. doi:10.1002/2015JG002997.
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2Reiche, J., de Bruin, S., Hoekman, D., Verbesselt, J., Herold, M. (2015). A Bayesian Approach to Combine Landsat and ALOS PALSAR Time Series for Near Real-Time Deforestation Detection. Remote Sensing, 7(5), 4973-4996. doi:10.3390/rs70504973.
3Sippel, S., Zscheischler, J., Heimann, M., Otto, F. E., Peters, J., Mahecha, M. D. (2015). Quantifying changes in climate variability and extremes: Pitfalls and their overcoming. Geophysical Research Letters, 42(22), 9990-9998. doi:10.1002/2015GL066307.
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1Barz, B., Garcia, Y. G., Rodner, E., Denzler, J. (2017). Maximally divergent intervals for extreme weather event detection. In OCEANS 2017 - Aberdeen. Aberdeen, UK: IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society.
2Flach, M., Sippel, S., Gans, F., Bastos, A., Brenning, A., Reichstein, M., Mahecha, M. D. (2018). Contrasting biosphere responses to hydrometeorological extremes: revisiting the 2010 western Russian Heatwave. Biogeosciences Discussions. doi:10.5194/bg-2018-130.
3Sippel, S., Zscheischler, J., Reichstein, M. (2016). Ecosystem impacts of climate extremes crucially depend on the timing (commentary). Proc.Natl.Acad.Sci.USA, 113(21), 5768-5770. doi:10.1073/pnas.1605667113.