Lutz Merbold

Lutz Merbold

My research focuses on the detailed understanding of greenhouse gas exchange (H2O, CO2; , N2O and CH4) in a variety of ecosystems worldwide including wetlands, woodlands, forests, savannas and managed grasslands (see details below)

By applying micrometeorological methods such as the eddy covariance technique I aim to define major meteorological as well as biological factors influencing ecosystem greenhouse gas (GHG) fluxes and link the biogeochemical cycles of carbon, nitrogen and water.Besides studying the ecosystem scale, I am further interested in exchange of GHGs at the process level (leaf and soils using GHG chambers) and larger scales (regional to global) using modeling (empirical, semi-empirical and process-based biogeochemical models) and remote sensing approaches.Beyond the quantification of greenhouse gas fluxes I am interested in a more integrated ecosystem understanding trying to answer a simple questions: How do ecosystems function now and how will ecosystem function in the future?Besides doing fundamental research I am motivated to educate undergraduate and graduate students in biology and environmental sciences but also to apply recent research findings in the real world.

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