The overarching research question of this project is how microorganisms, animals, and plants influence the shape and development of the Earth’s surface over time scales from the present-day to the distant geologic past.
EarthShape bridges between scientific disciplines and includes geoscientists and biologists to study this complex question from different viewpoints. Approximately 60 German and 20 Chilean researchers are involved in a diverse range of projects of this priority program.
All study sites are located in the north-to-south trending Coastal Cordillera mountains of Chile, South America. These sites span from the Atacama Desert in the north to the Araucaria forests approximately 1300 km to the south. The site selection contains a large ecological and climate gradient ranging from very dry to humid climate conditions. The sites were selected to avoid other complicating factors such as differences in rock type, and glacial, and volcanic impacts.
EarthShape is a 6-year priority program that started in 2016 and is funded through the German Science Foundation (DFG-SPP 1803).
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|News & Press|
20 - 25 March, 2022
Annual EarthShape consortium meeting
27 - 30 September, 2021
Annual EarthShape consortium meeting in Tübingen
New EarthShape articles:
08 September, 2021. M. Spohn & S. Holzheu Temperature controls diel oscillation of the CO2 concentration in a desert soil.
30 August, 2021. P. Grigusova et al. Area-Wide Prediction of Vertebrate and Invertebrate Hole Density and Depth across a Climate Gradient in Chile Based on UAV and Machine Learning.
20 April, 2021. S. Terweh et al. Bio-climate affects hillslope and fluvial sediemnt grain size along the Chilean Coastal Cordillera.
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