1 Soil-vegetation-atmosphere interactions in a changing climate

Chair: Eva Lehndorff, Nele Meyer, Anke Nölscher, Johanna Pausch

The interface between soil, vegetation and atmosphere shapes a liveable habitat, which is currently subject to climate-induced transformations. This session therefore invites studies with focus on exchange processes on that interface, bridging from micro to global scales, or elaborating on both natural and managed systems. As multiple interconnected biophysical and biogeochemical feedback processes characterize soil-vegetation-atmosphere interactions, it can be viewed in the eyes of a wide range of disciplines, from chemistry to microbiology, from rhizosphere to ecosystems, from diffusion to turbulent transport, and hence excellently connects the core BayCEER research fields.

We cordially invite researchers from various disciplines working on soil-vegetation-atmosphere interactions to join this session.

2 Forest disturbances and future choices

Chair: Anke Jentsch, Andreas von Heßberg, Tanja Sanders

In recent years we experience an increase in large scale forest disturbances driven by abiotic as well as biotic agents. Besides the economic loss, especially the impact on biodiversity and forest persistence causes great concern. From single tree assessments to large-scale remote sensing we need to combine knowledge, sources, and methods to understand adaptive processes, their limits, and the role they play in forest disturbances to paint a picture of future forests.

3 What goes around comes around - Biogeochemical cycling of Iron, Sulfur & Carbon in the Environment

Chair: Kerstin Hockmann, Felix Beulig, Martin Obst

In terrestrial and aquatic environments, the individual and coupled reactions of iron (Fe), sulfur (S) and carbon (C) are controlled by a complex interplay between hydrological, geochemical, and microbial processes. Due to their reactivity, Fe, S, and C species play a key role in maintaining important ecosystem services, such as the removal of environmental pollutants, and the supply of carbon, nitrogen as well as other essential nutrients. This session welcomes contributions from laboratory experiments, field studies, and theoretical approaches that improve our understanding of the biogeochemical cycling of Fe, S and C, including their impact on nutrient and contaminant dynamics. We especially encourage contributions that use multidisciplinary approaches and novel analytical methods to explore biogeochemical processes across multiple spatial and temporal scales.

4 Methods in Ecology and Environmental Research

Chair: Taina Conrad, Matthias Schott

The methods we use in our research are constantly changing with new technologies being developed or old ones being used for new applications. It is difficult to keep track of all the different possibilities we have to answer our questions about the environment. This session aims to have a look at the various methods we find within the BayCEER and invites anyone to present their method of choice for their particular research question - be it a particular instrument or a special way to use a method. We hope this will give rise to new ideas and new collaborations.

We specifically invite researches from ALL disciplines to share their approach and join this session.

5 Open Poster Session

Chair: TBA

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