Humboldt Research Awardee Ranga Myneni starts working at MPI-M

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Prof. Ranga Myneni, a world-leading scientist with outstanding achievements in biospheric research and terrestrial remote sensing, was selected by the Alexander von Humboldt foundation to receive the prestigious Humboldt Research Award. His host at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) is Prof. Victor Brovkin, research group leader in the department "The Land in the Earth System" (LES) at MPI-M. Prof. Myneni will stay for 6 months during 2017-2018.

The award, which grants 60,000 Euros, is presented each year to up to 100 foreign scientists "whose fundamental discoveries, new theories or insights have had a significant impact on their own discipline and who are expected to continue producing cutting-edge achievements in the future."

Ranga Myneni actively investigates interactions between vegetation and climate using remote sensing data. His pioneering study on a long-term increasing trend in plant growth in the northern high latitudes (Myneni et al., Nature, 1997) had a strong impact on the biospheric community. His current research is focused on combining Earth observations with process-based biospheric modelling. The greening of Earth's land over the last 30 years is pronounced in different ecosystems across the globe, from polar tundra to subtropical drylands. The reasons for this greening on the global scale are still the matter of debate. Attribution of Earth's greening to different processes is at the top agenda of the LES Department, and Prof. Myneni already helps with supervision of several young MPI-M researches working on different aspects of the Earth's greening.

The Humboldt Research award to Prof. Myneni provides a unique opportunity to combine detailed analysis of the most recent remote sensing data streams with the biospheric research done using MPI Earth System model (MPI-ESM), the flagship model of the German climate research community used for climate and carbon cycle projections. The research award will facilitate development and benchmarking of the land surface and carbon cycle component of MPI-ESM, which will have an impact on the whole field of research on interactions between climate and biosphere. The research will be fully integrated into the international projects such as Grand Challenges of World Climate Research Programme (WCRP), Integration and Modelling of the Earth System (AIMES) project of Future Earth Programme, and serve as a background for the next (6th) IPCC Assessment Report.

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Prof. Dr. Victor Brovkin
Max Planck Institute for Meteorology
Phone: +49 (0) 40 41173 339
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