Department für Geographie






Ana Bastos

Dr. Ana Bastos

Vegetation-climate interactions and global carbon-cycle modelling


Lehrstuhl für Physische Geographie und Landnutzungssysteme
Luisenstraße 37
80333 München


Luisenstraße 37
Zweiter Stock
80333 München
Raum A203

Tel.: +49 (0) 89 / 2180 - 6542


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The 2015/16 El Niño was the strongest such event for several decades and was associated with a particularly strong increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide. This event provided an opportunity for an array of state-of-the-art scientific techniques to be used to understand, quantify and map the cause for this surge in CO2. It also allows us to assess a possible tropical carbon tipping point -- El Niño events are often associated with anomalous droughts and high tree mortality in the Amazon. The Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B organised a special issue to gather a diverse range of evidence to address this question, ranging across satellite remote sensing, field studies of vegetation processes, and global biosphere and atmospheric models. The special issue synthesises the reasons for the El Niño carbon anomaly, where it was located, and what it implies for the future stability of the tropical carbon cycle. A. Bastos and J. Pongratz from the LMU participated in this effort with a study comparing top-down and bottom-up estimates of CO2 fluxes during the El-Niño event.

My main interests are related with the carbon cycle, ecology and climate. 
The focus of my current research is the inter-annual to decadal variability in the global carbon fluxes (particularly the terrestrial sink) and their link to natural climate variability,  the role of land-atmosphere-ocean interactions and feedbacks, as well as human activities. I am also interested in studying the influence of extremes and disturbances on ecosystem dynamics under present and future climate.