The Max Planck Institute für Biogeochemistry Jena is an internationally renowned institute for Earth system and climate research. Its goal is to understand how elements and energy are transformed and transported on Earth, and how these exchanges affect and respond to global climate and environmental change.
The research focuses on the four elements essential for life on earth - carbon, oxygen, hydrogen, and nitrogen, and especially on the role of biological processes in the cycling of these elements among the different compartments of our Earth system.
Analyzing these global element cycles is one of the most important and most pressing scientific challenges of our times. Humanity is intervening in natural cycles on a global scale through land use and technological processes, without being able yet to foresee the long-term consequences.
Around 230 staff work at the institute, including 130 scientists, in a highly interdisciplinary and international setting. Research projects are located in all climate zones, from Siberian tundra to the Amazon rainforests, central Spain, the Tibetian plateau and southern Africa.
Further Information is found at www.bgc-jena.mpg.de