Christian Beer

Associate professor
Room: S506

Climate-related Biogeochemical Modelling (CBM) research group

The CBM research group aims at understanding key carbon cycle processes and their interactions to water and energy balances, and nutrient dynamics from laboratory to global scale. The geographical focus is on northern hemisphere ecosystems. We are advancing dynamic models, such as the land surface scheme JSBACH, a Lichens and Bryophyte model (LiBry), or a hydrological model (VIC-BGC, VICaSU) based on observations at laboratory to ecosystem level. Being part of the Bolin Centre for Climate Research (RA4), the group addresses four main biogeochemical research themes in relation to climate: Soil process dynamics and related GHG balances in particular in permafrost soils; soil-vegetation interactions in northern high latitudes; spatial pattern of vegetation turnover processes; and aquatic carbon and nutrient dynamics.

Christian Beer, Matthias Brakebusch, Itzel Ruvalcaba Baroni

Tina Bayer, Sait Altug Ekici, Maria Norman, Philipp Porada, Martin Thurner

Topic 1
Soil carbon turnover and transport; soil property spatial heterogeneity
Key papers: Braakhekke et al. (2014); Knoblauch et al. (2013); Kaiser et al. (2017); Knoblauch et al. (2018)

Topic 2
Permafrost soil temperature dynamics
Models: JSBACH
Key papers: Ekici et al (2014, 2015); Porada et al. (2016a); Hagemann et al. (2016); Beer et al. (2018)

Topic 3
Dynamics of bryophytes and lichens and effects on soil temperature
Models: LiBry, JSBACH
Key papers: Porada et al. (2013,2016a,2016b), Lenton et al. (2016); Beer et al. (2018)

Topic 4
Northern latitude forests carbon stocks and processes in relation to climate, in particular turnover time spatial patterns
Key papers: Thurner et al. (2014, 2016, 2017); Carvalhais et al. (2014); Erb et al. (2018)

Topic 5
Aquatic carbon and nutrient dynamics in response to environmental change
Key papers: Bayer et al. (in review)

Latest scientific papers

Future Carbon Emission From Boreal and Permafrost Lakes Are Sensitive to Catchment Organic Carbon Loads

Bayer, T. K.; Gustafsson, E.; Brakebusch, M.; Beer, C.
2019 | J. Geophys. Res.-Biogeosci. | 124 (7) (1827-1848)

Sapwood biomass carbon in northern boreal and temperate forests

Thurner, M.; Beer, C.; Crowther, T.; Falster, D.; Manzoni, S.; Prokushkin, A.; Schulze, E.-D.
2019 | Glob. Ecol. Biogeogr. | 28 (5) (640-660)

Long-term deglacial permafrost carbon dynamics in MPI-ESM

Schneider von Deimling, T.; Kleinen, T.; Hugelius, G.; Knoblauch, C.; Beer, C.; Brovkin, V.
2018 | Clim. Past | 14 (12) (2011-2036)

Reviews and syntheses: Carbon use efficiency from organisms to ecosystems – definitions, theories, and empirical evidence

Manzoni, S.; Capek, P., Porada, P.; Thurner, M.; Winterdahl, M.; Beer, C.; Brüchert, V.; Frouz, J.; Hermann, A.M.; Lindahl, B.D.; Lyon, S.W.; Santruckova, H.; Vico, G.; Way, D.
2018 | Biogeosciences | 15 (5929-5949)

Analytically tractable climate–carbon cycle feedbacks under 21st century anthropogenic forcing

Lade, S. J.; Donges, J. F.; Fetzer, I.; Anderies, J. M.; Beer, C.; Cornell, S. E.; Gasser, T.; Norberg, J.; Richardson, K.; Rockström, J.; Steffen, W.
2018 | Earth Syst. Dynam. | 9 (507-523)

All publications


How human activities affect natural processes that drive the major biogeochemical cycles that ultimately govern the composition of the environment.