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Quantifying the effects of interacting nutrient cycles on terrestrial biosphere dynamics and their climate feedbacks QUINCY

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 Coordinator Country Germany [DE]
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 Total cost 2˙000˙000 €
 EC max contribution 2˙000˙000 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2014-CoG
 Funding Scheme ERC-COG
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-09-01   to  2020-08-31


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 Project objective

Nutrient availability plays a pivotal role in the response of terrestrial ecosystems to increasing atmospheric CO2 and climate change. The global role of nutrients is only poorly understood quantitatively, limiting the predictive understanding of terrestrial biosphere - climate feedbacks. The first generation of global nutrient-carbon cycle models shows strongly diverging estimates of the nutrient effect, resulting from lacking integration of ecosystem observations and fundamental uncertainties in the representation of governing processes. The objective of QUINCY is to clarify the role of the interacting terrestrial nitrogen and phosphorus cycles and their effects on terrestrial C allocation and residence times as well as terrestrial water fluxes. QUINCY will create a novel, predictive framework founded on the principle of resource optimisation, shifting the paradigm of terrestrial biosphere modelling towards an active biological control of matter flows. QUINCY’s main themes are (i) the effects of nutrient availability on plant photosynthesis and respiration, explicitly taking the energy requirement of nutrient acquisition into account, and (ii) the effects of vegetation-soil interactions, namely rhizosphere processes, on plant nutrient availability and soil C turnover. To corroborate these theoretical concepts, QUINCY will synthesise existing and ongoing ecosystem monitoring and manipulation studies. To specifically test emerging hypotheses on the effects of rhizosphere priming on soil C storage and plant nutrition - and to provide currently lacking data for soil-vegetation models - QUINCY will establish a tree mesocosm, elevated CO2 experiment. The novel model concepts will be consistently integrated to form a new general terrestrial biosphere model. For the first time, QUINCY will be able to address the multiway interactions of carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus and water cycles globally in a theoretically well-founded way commensurate with ecosystem observations.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2020 Lin Yu, Bernhard Ahrens, Thomas Wutzler, Marion Schrumpf, Sönke Zaehle
Jena Soil Model (JSM v1.0; revision 1934): a microbial soil organic carbon model integrated with nitrogen and phosphorus processes
published pages: 783-803, ISSN: 1991-9603, DOI: 10.5194/gmd-13-783-2020
Geoscientific Model Development 13/2 2020-04-01
2019 Tea Thum, Silvia Caldararu, Jan Engel, Melanie Kern, Marleen Pallandt, Reiner Schnur, Lin Yu, Sönke Zaehle
A new model of the coupled carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus cycles in the terrestrial biosphere (QUINCY v1.0; revision 1996)
published pages: 4781-4802, ISSN: 1991-9603, DOI: 10.5194/gmd-12-4781-2019
Geoscientific Model Development 12/11 2020-04-01
2019 Jürgen Knauer, Sönke Zaehle, Martin G. De Kauwe, Nur H. A. Bahar, John R. Evans, Belinda E. Medlyn, Markus Reichstein, Christiane Werner
Effects of mesophyll conductance on vegetation responses to elevated CO 2 concentrations in a land surface model
published pages: 1820-1838, ISSN: 1354-1013, DOI: 10.1111/gcb.14604
Global Change Biology 25/5 2020-04-01
2019 Mingkai Jiang, Sönke Zaehle, Martin G. De Kauwe, Anthony P. Walker, Silvia Caldararu, David S. Ellsworth, Belinda E. Medlyn
The quasi-equilibrium framework revisited: analyzing long-term CO 2 enrichment responses in plant–soil models
published pages: 2069-2089, ISSN: 1991-9603, DOI: 10.5194/gmd-12-2069-2019
Geoscientific Model Development 12/5 2020-04-01
2018 Martina Franz, Rocio Alonso, Almut Arneth, Patrick Büker, Susana Elvira, Giacomo Gerosa, Lisa Emberson, Zhaozhong Feng, Didier Le Thiec, Riccardo Marzuoli, Elina Oksanen, Johan Uddling, Matthew Wilkinson, Sönke Zaehle
Evaluation of simulated ozone effects in forest ecosystems against biomass damage estimates from fumigation experiments
published pages: 6941-6957, ISSN: 1726-4189, DOI: 10.5194/bg-15-6941-2018
Biogeosciences 15/22 2020-04-01
2018 Ana Bastos, Pierre Friedlingstein, Stephen Sitch, Chi Chen, Arnaud Mialon, Jean-Pierre Wigneron, Vivek K. Arora, Peter R. Briggs, Josep G. Canadell, Philippe Ciais, Frédéric Chevallier, Lei Cheng, Christine Delire, Vanessa Haverd, Atul K. Jain, Fortunat Joos, Etsushi Kato, Sebastian Lienert, Danica Lombardozzi, Joe R. Melton, Ranga Myneni, Julia E. M. S. Nabel, Julia Pongratz, Benjamin Poulter,
Impact of the 2015/2016 El Niño on the terrestrial carbon cycle constrained by bottom-up and top-down approaches
published pages: 20170304, ISSN: 0962-8436, DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2017.0304
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 373/1760 2020-04-01
2019 Pierre Friedlingstein, Matthew W. Jones, Michael O'Sullivan, Robbie M. Andrew, Judith Hauck, Glen P. Peters, Wouter Peters, Julia Pongratz, Stephen Sitch, Corinne Le Quéré, Dorothee C. E. Bakker, Josep G. Canadell, Philippe Ciais, Robert B. Jackson, Peter Anthoni, Leticia Barbero, Ana Bastos, Vladislav Bastrikov, Meike Becker, Laurent Bopp, Erik Buitenhuis, Naveen Chandra, Frédéric Ch
Global Carbon Budget 2019
published pages: 1783-1838, ISSN: 1866-3516, DOI: 10.5194/essd-11-1783-2019
Earth System Science Data 11/4 2020-04-01
2018 Corinne Le Quéré, Robbie M. Andrew, Pierre Friedlingstein, Stephen Sitch, Judith Hauck, Julia Pongratz, Penelope A. Pickers, Jan Ivar Korsbakken, Glen P. Peters, Josep G. Canadell, Almut Arneth, Vivek K. Arora, Leticia Barbero, Ana Bastos, Laurent Bopp, Frédéric Chevallier, Louise P. Chini, Philippe Ciais, Scott C. Doney, Thanos Gkritzalis, Daniel S. Goll, Ian Harris, Vanessa Haverd, Forrest M
Global Carbon Budget 2018
published pages: 2141-2194, ISSN: 1866-3516, DOI: 10.5194/essd-10-2141-2018
Earth System Science Data 10/4 2020-04-01
2019 Silvia Caldararu, Tea Thum, Lin Yu, Sönke Zaehle
Whole‐plant optimality predicts changes in leaf nitrogen under variable CO 2 and nutrient availability
published pages: 2331-2346, ISSN: 0028-646X, DOI: 10.1111/nph.16327
New Phytologist 225/6 2020-04-01
2018 Sara Vicca, Benjamin D Stocker, Sasha Reed, William R Wieder, Michael Bahn, Philip A Fay, Ivan A Janssens, Hans Lambers, Josep Peñuelas, Shilong Piao, Karin T Rebel, Jordi Sardans, Bjarni D Sigurdsson, Kevin Van Sundert, Ying-Ping Wang, Sönke Zaehle, Philippe Ciais
Using research networks to create the comprehensive datasets needed to assess nutrient availability as a key determinant of terrestrial carbon cycling
published pages: 125006, ISSN: 1748-9326, DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/aaeae7
Environmental Research Letters 13/12 2020-04-01
2019 Mingkai Jiang, Silvia Caldararu, Sönke Zaehle, David S. Ellsworth, Belinda E. Medlyn
Towards a more physiological representation of vegetation phosphorus processes in land surface models
published pages: 1223-1229, ISSN: 0028-646X, DOI: 10.1111/nph.15688
New Phytologist 222/3 2020-04-01
2019 Anthony P. Walker, Martin G. De Kauwe, Belinda E. Medlyn, Sönke Zaehle, Colleen M. Iversen, Shinichi Asao, Bertrand Guenet, Anna Harper, Thomas Hickler, Bruce A. Hungate, Atul K. Jain, Yiqi Luo, Xingjie Lu, Meng Lu, Kristina Luus, J. Patrick Megonigal, Ram Oren, Edmund Ryan, Shijie Shu, Alan Talhelm, Ying-Ping Wang, Jeffrey M. Warren, Christian Werner, Jianyang Xia, Bai Yang, Donald R. Zak, Richa
Decadal biomass increment in early secondary succession woody ecosystems is increased by CO2 enrichment
published pages: , ISSN: 2041-1723, DOI: 10.1038/s41467-019-08348-1
Nature Communications 10/1 2020-04-01
2017 Thomas Wutzler, Sönke Zaehle, Marion Schrumpf, Bernhard Ahrens, Markus Reichstein
Adaptation of microbial resource allocation affects modelled long term soil organic matter and nutrient cycling
published pages: 322-336, ISSN: 0038-0717, DOI: 10.1016/j.soilbio.2017.08.031
Soil Biology and Biochemistry 115 2019-05-31
2017 A. Arneth, S. Sitch, J. Pongratz, B. D. Stocker, P. Ciais, B. Poulter, A. D. Bayer, A. Bondeau, L. Calle, L. P. Chini, T. Gasser, M. Fader, P. Friedlingstein, E. Kato, W. Li, M. Lindeskog, J. E. M. S. Nabel, T. A. M. Pugh, E. Robertson, N. Viovy, C. Yue, S. Zaehle
Historical carbon dioxide emissions caused by land-use changes are possibly larger than assumed
published pages: 79-84, ISSN: 1752-0894, DOI: 10.1038/ngeo2882
Nature Geoscience 10/2 2019-05-31
2017 Martin Jung, Markus Reichstein, Christopher R. Schwalm, Chris Huntingford, Stephen Sitch, Anders Ahlström, Almut Arneth, Gustau Camps-Valls, Philippe Ciais, Pierre Friedlingstein, Fabian Gans, Kazuhito Ichii, Atul K. Jain, Etsushi Kato, Dario Papale, Ben Poulter, Botond Raduly, Christian Rödenbeck, Gianluca Tramontana, Nicolas Viovy, Ying-Ping Wang, Ulrich Weber, Sönke Zaehle, Ning Zeng
Compensatory water effects link yearly global land CO2 sink changes to temperature
published pages: 516-520, ISSN: 0028-0836, DOI: 10.1038/nature20780
Nature 541/7638 2019-05-31
2016 Johannes Meyerholt, Sönke Zaehle, Matthew J. Smith
Variability of projected terrestrial biosphere responses to elevated levels of atmospheric CO2 due to uncertainty in biological nitrogen fixation
published pages: 1491-1518, ISSN: 1726-4189, DOI: 10.5194/bg-13-1491-2016
Biogeosciences 13/5 2019-05-31
2015 C. Le Quéré, R. Moriarty, R. M. Andrew, J. G. Canadell, S. Sitch, J. I. Korsbakken, P. Friedlingstein, G. P. Peters, R. J. Andres, T. A. Boden, R. A. Houghton, J. I. House, R. F. Keeling, P. Tans, A. Arneth, D. C. E. Bakker, L. Barbero, L. Bopp, J. Chang, F. Chevallier, L. P. Chini, P. Ciais, M. Fader, R. A. Feely, T. Gkritzalis, I. Harris, J. Hauck, T. Ilyina, A. K. Jain, E. Kato, V. Kitidis, K. Klein Goldewijk, C. Koven, P. Landschützer, S. K. Lauvset, N. Lefèvre, A. Lenton, I. D. Lima, N. Metzl, F. Millero, D. R. Munro, A. Murata, J. E. M. S. Nabel, S. Nakaoka, Y. Nojiri, K. O\'Brien, A. Olsen, T. Ono, F. F. Pérez, B. Pfeil, D. Pierrot, B. Poulter, G. Rehder, C. Rödenbeck, S. Saito, U. Schuster, J. Schwinger, R. Séférian, T. Steinhoff, B. D. Stocker, A. J. Sutton, T. Takahashi, B. Tilbrook, I. T. van der Laan-Luijkx, G. R. van der Werf, S. van Heuven, D. Vandemark, N. Viovy, A. Wiltshire, S. Zaehle, N. Zeng
Global Carbon Budget 2015
published pages: 349-396, ISSN: 1866-3516, DOI: 10.5194/essd-7-349-2015
Earth System Science Data 7/2 2019-05-31
2016 Jürgen Knauer, Sönke Zaehle, Markus Reichstein, Belinda E. Medlyn, Matthias Forkel, Stefan Hagemann, Christiane Werner
The response of ecosystem water-use efficiency to rising atmospheric CO 2 concentrations: sensitivity and large-scale biogeochemical implications
published pages: , ISSN: 0028-646X, DOI: 10.1111/nph.14288
New Phytologist 2019-05-31
2016 Le Quéré, C., Andrew, R. M., Canadell, J. G., Sitch, S., Korsbakken, J. I., Peters, G. P., Manning, A. C., Boden, T. A., Tans, P. P., Houghton, R. A., Keeling, R. F., Alin, S., Andrews, O. D., Anthoni, P., Barbero, L., Bopp, L., Chevallier, F., Chini, L. P., Ciais, P., Currie, K., Delire, C., Doney, S. C., Friedlingstein, P., Gkritzalis, T., Harris, I., Hauck, J., Haverd, V., Hoppema, M., Klein Goldewijk, K., Jain, A. K., Kato, E., Körtzinger, A., Landschützer, P., Lefèvre, N., Lenton, A., Lienert, S., Lombardozzi, D., Melton, J. R., Metzl, N., Millero, F., Monteiro, P. M. S., Munro, D. R., Nabel, J. E. M. S., Nakaoka, S.-I., O\'Brien, K., Olsen, A., Omar, A. M., Ono, T., Pierrot, D., Poulter, B., Rödenbeck, C., Salisbury, J., Schuster, U., Schwinger, J., Séférian, R., Skjelvan, I., Stocker, B. D., Sutton, A. J., Takahashi, T., Tian, H., Tilbrook, B., van der Laan-Luijkx, I. T., van der Werf, G. R., Viovy, N., Walker, A. P., Wiltshire, A. J., and Zaehle, S.
Global Carbon Budget 2016
published pages: 605-649, ISSN: 1866-3508, DOI: 10.5194/essd-8-605-2016
Earth System Science Data 8 2019-05-31
2018 Jürgen Knauer, Sönke Zaehle, Belinda E. Medlyn, Markus Reichstein, Christopher A. Williams, Mirco Migliavacca, Martin G. De Kauwe, Christiane Werner, Claudia Keitel, Pasi Kolari, Jean-Marc Limousin, Maj-Lena Linderson
Towards physiologically meaningful water-use efficiency estimates from eddy covariance data
published pages: 694-710, ISSN: 1354-1013, DOI: 10.1111/gcb.13893
Global Change Biology 24/2 2019-05-31
2018 Corinne Le Quéré, Robbie M. Andrew, Pierre Friedlingstein, Stephen Sitch, Julia Pongratz, Andrew C. Manning, Jan Ivar Korsbakken, Glen P. Peters, Josep G. Canadell, Robert B. Jackson, Thomas A. Boden, Pieter P. Tans, Oliver D. Andrews, Vivek K. Arora, Dorothee C. E. Bakker, Leticia Barbero, Meike Becker, Richard A. Betts, Laurent Bopp, Frédéric Chevallier, Louise P. Chini, Philippe Ciais, Catherine E. Cosca, Jessica Cross, Kim Currie, Thomas Gasser, Ian Harris, Judith Hauck, Vanessa Haverd, Richard A. Houghton, Christopher W. Hunt, George Hurtt, Tatiana Ilyina, Atul K. Jain, Etsushi Kato, Markus Kautz, Ralph F. Keeling, Kees Klein Goldewijk, Arne Körtzinger, Peter Landschützer, Nathalie Lefèvre, Andrew Lenton, Sebastian Lienert, Ivan Lima, Danica Lombardozzi, Nicolas Metzl, Frank Millero, Pedro M. S. Monteiro, David R. Munro, Julia E. M. S. Nabel, Shin-ichiro Nakaoka, Yukihiro Nojiri, X. Antonio Padin, Anna Peregon, Benjamin Pfeil, Denis Pierrot, Benjamin Poulter, Gregor Rehder, Janet Reimer, Christian Rödenbeck, Jörg Schwinger, Roland Séférian, Ingunn Skjelvan, Benjamin D. Stocker, Hanqin Tian, Bronte Tilbrook, Francesco N. Tubiello, Ingrid T. van der Laan-Luijkx, Guido R. van der Werf, Steven van Heuven, Nicolas Viovy, Nicolas Vuichard, Anthony P. Walker, Andrew J. Watson, Andrew J. Wiltshire, Sönke Zaehle, Dan Zhu
Global Carbon Budget 2017
published pages: 405-448, ISSN: 1866-3516, DOI: 10.5194/essd-10-405-2018
Earth System Science Data 10/1 2019-05-31
2017 Tea Thum, Sönke Zaehle, Philipp Köhler, Tuula Aalto, Mika Aurela, Luis Guanter, Pasi Kolari, Tuomas Laurila, Annalea Lohila, Federico Magnani, Christiaan Van Der Tol, Tiina Markkanen
Modelling sun-induced fluorescence and photosynthesis with a land surface model at local and regional scales in northern Europe
published pages: 1969-1987, ISSN: 1726-4189, DOI: 10.5194/bg-14-1969-2017
Biogeosciences 14/7 2019-05-31
2017 Franz, M, Simpson, D., Arneth, A., Zaehle, S.
Development and evaluation of an ozone deposition scheme for coupling to a terrestrial biosphere model
published pages: 45-71, ISSN: 1726-4170, DOI: 10.5194/bg-14-45-2017
Biogeosciences 14(1) 2019-05-31
2017 Daniel S. Goll, Nicolas Vuichard, Fabienne Maignan, Albert Jornet-Puig, Jordi Sardans, Aurelie Violette, Shushi Peng, Yan Sun, Marko Kvakic, Matthieu Guimberteau, Bertrand Guenet, Soenke Zaehle, Josep Penuelas, Ivan Janssens, Philippe Ciais
A representation of the phosphorus cycle for ORCHIDEE (revision 4520)
published pages: 3745-3770, ISSN: 1991-9603, DOI: 10.5194/gmd-10-3745-2017
Geoscientific Model Development 10/10 2019-05-31
2018 Johannes Meyerholt, Sönke Zaehle
Controls of terrestrial ecosystem nitrogen loss on simulated productivity responses to elevated CO<sub>2</sub>
published pages: 5677-5698, ISSN: 1726-4189, DOI: 10.5194/bg-15-5677-2018
Biogeosciences 15/18 2019-04-18
2018 Werner von Bloh, Sibyll Schaphoff, Christoph Müller, Susanne Rolinski, Katharina Waha, Sönke Zaehle
Implementing the nitrogen cycle into the dynamic global vegetation, hydrology, and crop growth model LPJmL (version 5.0)
published pages: 2789-2812, ISSN: 1991-9603, DOI: 10.5194/gmd-11-2789-2018
Geoscientific Model Development 11/7 2019-04-18
2018 Hanqin Tian, Jia Yang, Chaoqun Lu, Rongting Xu, Josep G. Canadell, Robert B. Jackson, Almut Arneth, Jinfeng Chang, Guangsheng Chen, Philippe Ciais, Stefan Gerber, Akihiko Ito, Yuanyuan Huang, Fortunat Joos, Sebastian Lienert, Palmira Messina, Stefan Olin, Shufen Pan, Changhui Peng, Eri Saikawa, Rona L. Thompson, Nicolas Vuichard, Wilfried Winiwarter, Sönke Zaehle, Bowen Zhang, Kerou Zhang, Qiuan Zhu
The Global N 2 O Model Intercomparison Project
published pages: 1231-1251, ISSN: 0003-0007, DOI: 10.1175/bams-d-17-0212.1
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 99/6 2019-04-18
2018 Jürgen Knauer, Tarek S. El-Madany, Sönke Zaehle, Mirco Migliavacca
Bigleaf—An R package for the calculation of physical and physiological ecosystem properties from eddy covariance data
published pages: e0201114, ISSN: 1932-6203, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0201114
PLOS ONE 13/8 2019-04-18

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