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The Max-Planck-Institute for Biogeochemistry (MPI-BGC) was founded on September 1st, 1997, and is dedicated to the study of long-term interactions among the biosphere, atmosphere, geosphere and the oceans. The research aims of the Institute include quantifying the role of these interactions in the control of the Earth’s climate in a time of increasing anthropogenic impact, developing a quantitative and predictive understanding of the regulation of processes in ecosystems and their attendant biogeochemical cycles in the face of climate change, and investigating feedback mechanisms at the Earth’s surface that involve vegetation, atmospheric composition and climate. The Institute’s scientific work has been carried out since July 1998 in laboratories and offices rented from the firm Carl Zeiss Jena. In October 2002, the Institute moved into its new building on the Science Campus Beutenberg in Jena.

Martin Heimann
Cristoph Gerbig
Armin Jordan