Dr.Sc. Matthias J. Zeeman

Research Interest

I am investigating the processes that underlie biosphere–atmosphere exchange at the local to regional scale. Of specific interest are the effects of disturbances in time (environmental change, management) on source–sink relationships in the carbon, water and nitrogen cycles of ecosystems, as well as the mechanisms of turbulent exchange with the atmosphere. Key notion is the importance of understanding the processes at the scale of landscape elements — ecosystems — first, in order to make accurate predictions at the larger regional and global scales.

For this interdisciplinary research I work with concepts, tools and theory from the fields of atmospheric sciences, biogeochemistry and plant–ecosystem physiology, combined with technological innovations and signal analysis.

Research Activities

2017-09-01 » Experimental Campaign

[UC]² B-3DO Stuttgart Campaign 2017. Just completed an eight-month experimental effort on rooftops in the centre of Stuttgart, DE.
2017-01-15 » Research paper

Zeeman MJ, Mauder M, Steinbrecher R, Heidbach K, Eckart E, Schmid HP
"Reduced snow cover affects productivity of upland temperate grasslands" Agricultural and Forest Meteorology



Refereed Journal Articles

  1. Greenhouse gas fluxes over managed grasslands in Central Europe
    L Hörtnagl, M Barthel, N Buchmann, W Eugster, K Butterbach-Bahl, E D\'ıaz-Pinés, M Zeeman, K Klumpp, R Kiese, M Bahn, A Hammerle, H Lu, T Ladreiter-Knauss, S Burri & L Merbold, Global Change Biology (2018)
  2. Vegetation Growth Models Improve Surface Layer Flux Simulations of a Temperate Grassland
    C Klein, C Biernath, F Heinlein, C Thieme, AK Gilgen, M Zeeman & E Priesack, Vadose Zone Journal, 16(13):0 (2018)
  3. Field intercomparison of prevailing sonic anemometers
    M Mauder & MJ Zeeman, Atmospheric Measurement Techniques, 11(1):249-263 (2018)
  4. Evaluation of energy balance closure adjustment methods by independent evapotranspiration estimates from lysimeters and hydrological simulations
    M Mauder, S Genzel, J Fu, R Kiese, M Soltani, R Steinbrecher, M Zeeman, T Banerjee, F De Roo & H Kunstmann, Hydrological Processes, 32(1):39-50 (2018)
  5. Simultaneous multicopter-based air sampling and sensing of meteorological variables
    C Brosy, K Krampf, M Zeeman, B Wolf, W Junkermann, K Schäfer, S Emeis & H Kunstmann, Atmospheric Measurement Techniques, 10(8):2773-2784 (2017)
  6. The SCALEX Campaign: Scale-Crossing Land Surface and Boundary Layer Processes in the TERENO-preAlpine Observatory
    B Wolf, C Chwala, B Fersch, J Garvelmann, W Junkermann, MJ Zeeman, A Angerer, B Adler, C Beck, C Brosy, P Brugger, S Emeis, M Dannenmann, F De Roo, E Diaz-Pines, E Haas, M Hagen, I Hajnsek, J Jacobeit, T Jagdhuber, N Kalthoff, R Kiese, H Kunstmann, O Kosak, R Krieg, C Malchow, M Mauder, R Merz, C Notarnicola, A Philipp, W Reif, S Reineke, T Rödiger, N Ruehr, K Schäfer, M Schrön, A Senatore, H Shupe, I Völksch, C Wanninger, S Zacharias & HP Schmid, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 98(6):1217-1234 (2017)
  7. Reduced snow cover affects productivity of upland temperate grasslands
    MJ Zeeman, M Mauder, R Steinbrecher, K Heidbach, E Eckart & HP Schmid, Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 232 (2017)
  8. Montane ecosystem productivity responds more to global circulation patterns than climatic trends
    AR Desai, G Wohlfahrt, MJ Zeeman, G Katata, W Eugster, L Montagnani, D Gianelle, M Mauder & HP Schmid, Environmental Research Letters, 11(2):024013 (2016)
  9. Near-Surface Motion in the Nocturnal, Stable Boundary Layer Observed with Fibre-Optic Distributed Temperature Sensing
    MJ Zeeman, JS Selker & CK Thomas, Boundary-Layer Meteorology, 154(2):189-205 (2015)
  10. Ecohydrological effects of management on subalpine grasslands: From local to catchment scale
    S Fatichi, MJ Zeeman, J Fuhrer & P Burlando, Water Resources Research, 50(1):148-164 (2014)
  11. Topoclimatological case-study of Alpine pastures near the Albula Pass in the eastern Swiss Alps
    P Michna, W Eugster, RV Hiller, MJ Zeeman & H Wanner, Geographica Helvetica, 68(4):249-263 (2013)
  12. Non-stationary Generation of Weak Turbulence for Very Stable and Weak-Wind Conditions
    L Mahrt, C Thomas, S Richardson, N Seaman, D Stauffer & M Zeeman, Boundary-Layer Meteorology, 147(2):179-199 (2012)
  13. Progress and challenges in using stable isotopes to trace plant carbon and water relations across scales
    C Werner, H Schnyder, M Cuntz, C Keitel, MJ Zeeman, TE Dawson, FW Badeck, E Brugnoli, J Ghashghaie, TEE Grams, ZE Kayler, M Lakatos, X Lee, C Máguas, J Ogée, KG Rascher, RTW Siegwolf, S Unger, J Welker, L Wingate & A Gessler, Biogeosciences, 9(8):3083-3111 (2012)
  14. Concurrency of Coherent Structures and Conditionally Sampled Daytime Sub-canopy Respiration
    MJ Zeeman, W Eugster & CK Thomas, Boundary-Layer Meteorology, 146(1):1-15 (2012)
  15. Dissolved carbon leaching from soil is a crucial component of the net ecosystem carbon balance
    R Kindler, J Siemens, K Kaiser, DC Walmsley, C Bernhofer, N Buchmann, P Cellier, W Eugster, G Gleixner, T Grũnwald, A Heim, A Ibrom, SK Jones, M Jones, K Klumpp, W Kutsch, KS Larsen, S Lehuger, B Loubet, R Mckenzie, E Moors, B Osborne, K Pilegaard, C Rebmann, M Saunders, MWI Schmidt, M Schrumpf, J Seyfferth, U Skiba, JF Soussana, MA Sutton, C Tefs, B Vowinckel, MJ Zeeman & M Kaupenjohann, Global Change Biol., 17(2):1167-1185 (2011)
  16. High-Resolution Fibre-Optic Temperature Sensing: A New Tool to Study the Two-Dimensional Structure of Atmospheric Surface-Layer Flow
    CK Thomas, AM Kennedy, JS Selker, A Moretti, MH Schroth, AR Smoot, NB Tufillaro & MJ Zeeman, Boundary-Layer Meteorology, 142(2):177-192 (2011)
  17. Management and climate impacts on net CO2 fluxes and carbon budgets of three grasslands along an elevational gradient in Switzerland
    MJ Zeeman, R Hiller, AK Gilgen, P Michna, P Plüss, N Buchmann & W Eugster, Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 150(4):519-530 (2010)
  18. High precision and continuous field measurements of δ13C and δ18O in carbon dioxide with a cryogenic free QCLAS
    B Tuzson, J Mohn, MJ Zeeman, RA Werner, W Eugster, MS Zahniser, DD Nelson, JB McManus & L Emmenegger, Applied Physics B. Lasers and Optics, 92(3):451-458 (2008)
  19. Summertime elemental mercury exchange of temperate grasslands on an ecosystem-scale
    J Fritsche, G Wohlfahrt, C Ammann, M Zeeman, A Hammerle, D Obrist & C Alewell, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 8(24):7709-7722 (2008)
  20. Elemental mercury fluxes over a sub-alpine grassland determined with two micrometeorological methods
    J Fritsche, D Obrist, M Zeeman, F Conen, W Eugster & C Alewell, Atmospheric Environment, 42(13):2922-2933 (2008)
  21. Eddy-Covariance Flux Measurements in the Complex Terrain of an Alpine Valley in Switzerland
    R Hiller, MJ Zeeman & W Eugster, Boundary-Layer Meteorology, 127(3):449-467 (2008)
  22. Continuous field measurements of δ13C-CO2 and trace gases by FTIR spectroscopy
    J Mohn, M Zeeman, R Werner, W Eugster & L Emmenegger, Isotopes in Environmental and Health Studies, 44(3):241-251 (2008)
  23. Quantum cascade laser based spectrometer for in situ stable carbon dioxide isotope measurements
    B Tuzson, MJ Zeeman, MS Zahniser & L Emmenegger, Infrared Physics & Technology, 51(3):198-206 (2008)
  24. Optimization of automated gas sample collection and isotope ratio mass spectrometric analysis of δ13C of CO2 in air
    MJ Zeeman, RA Werner, W Eugster, RTW Siegwolf, G Wehrle, J Mohn & N Buchmann, Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry, 22(23):3883-3892 (2008)
  25. Methodical study of nitrous oxide eddy covariance measurements using quantum cascade laser spectrometery over a Swiss forest
    W Eugster, K Zeyer, M Zeeman, P Michna, A Zingg, N Buchmann & L Emmenegger, Biogeosciences, 4(5):927-939 (2007)
  26. EClog: A handheld eddy covariance logging system
    MK van der Molen, MJ Zeeman, J Lebis & AJ Dolman, Computers and Electronics in Agriculture, 51(1-2):110-114 (2006)

Other Journal Articles

Recent Conference Proceedings

WRF-LES simulations of real episodes in complex terrain and comparison with height-resolving ground-based remote sensing data
C Hald, M Mauder, P Laux, M Zeeman & H Kunstmann, in Geophysical Research Abstracts. (2018)
Nocturnal boundary layer budgets of carbon dioxide enabled by unmanned aircraft
M Kunz, JV Lavric, R Gasche, C Gerbig, RH Grant, FT Koch, M Schumacher, B Wolf & M Zeeman, in Geophysical Research Abstracts. (2018)
Investigation of the spatial variability and possible origins of wind-induced air pressure fluctuations responsible for pressure pumping
M Mohr, T Laemmel, M Maier, M Zeeman, B Longdoz & D Schindler, in Geophysical Research Abstracts. (2017)
Investigating Impacts of the Wind Field and Unknown Flying Objects on High-Res Ceilometer Profiles during ScaleX 2016
C Münkel, K Schäfer & MJ Zeeman, in 97th American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting. (2017)
Distributed sounding of the boundary layer using multiple unmanned aerial systems during the ScaleX campaign 2016
A Philipp, E Petersen, A Groos, P Ferenci, S Engerer, B Fiedler, S Emeis, K Schäfer, C Brosy, M Zeeman & J Jacobeit, in Geophysical Research Abstracts. (2017)
Investigating the Interdependencies of the Energy Balance Closure and the Turbulent Kinetic Energy Budget
T Banerjee, MJ Zeeman, F De Roo, P Brugger & M Mauder, in AGU Fall Meeting. (2016)
The influence of management on GHG fluxes over Central European grasslands
L Hoertnagl, M Bahn, N Buchmann, E Dias-Pinez, W Eugster, R Kiese, K Klumpp, LK Thomas, H Lu, G Wohlfahrt, M Zeeman & L Merbold, in Geophysical Research Abstracts. (2016)
Atmospheric Profiles of Carbon Dioxide Obtained with a UAS: Constraints on Square Kilometre Scale Carbon Budgets
M Kunz, JV Lavric, RH Grant, C Gerbig, M Heimann, JE van Flatt, MJ Zeeman & B Wolf, in AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts. (2016)
Field Intercomparison of Six Different Three-Dimensional Sonic Anemometers
M Mauder & M Zeeman, in AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts. (2016)
Methane distributions and transports in the nocturnal boundary layer at a rural station
K Schäfer, M Zeeman, C Brosy, C Münkel, B Fersch, M Mauder & S Emeis, in Remote Sensing of Clouds and the Atmosphere XXI. (2016)
Sensitivity of upland grasslands to management and climate forcing
HPE Schmid, MJ Zeeman, M Mauder, R Steinbrecher, K Heidbach & E Eckart, in AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts. (2016)
Multi-Scale Observation and Modelling of Energy and Matter Exchange in the Atmospheric Boundary-Layer (ScaleX Campaigns)
K Wolz, B Adler, C Brenner, F De Roo, S Emeis, N Kalthoff, M Mauder, K Schäfer, G Wohlfahrt, P Zhao & MJ Zeeman, in AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts. (2016)
Evaluation of scan-patterns for a triple Doppler lidar setup
MJ Zeeman, P Brugger & M Mauder, in Kurzfassungen der Meteorologentagung DACH. (2016)
Combining in-situ and ground-based remote sensing observation: how to connect the dots?
MJ Zeeman, T Banerjee, D Belusic, P Brugger, M Mauder, HP Schmid & N Vercauteren, in Kurzfassungen der Meteorologentagung DACH. (2016)
Boundary layer dynamics in a small shallow valley near the Alps (ScaleX campaign)
MJ Zeeman, B Adler, T Banerjee, P Brugger, F De Roo, S Emeis, M Mauder, K Schaefer, HP Schmid & B Wolf, in Kurzfassungen der Meteorologentagung DACH. (2016)
Analysis of Atmospheric Flow in Mountainous Terrain Using Multi-Scale Observations and Dimension-Reduction Techniques
MJ Zeeman, T Banerjee, D Belusic, P Brugger, M Mauder & N Vercauteren, in AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts. (2016)
Quantifying Soil Evaporation and Plant Transpiration from Plant Communities with Isotopes and Micrometeorology
OT Denmead, L Heng, L Mayr, M Zeeman & C P., in 31st Conference on Agricultural and Forest Meteorology. (2014)
It is the timing of climatic extremes that determines their impact on carbon cycling
HP Schmid, D Dragoni, ER Brzostek, RP Phillips, AF Rahman & M Zeeman, in 31st Conference on Agricultural and Forest Meteorology. (2014)
Recent developments in the use of DTS to monitor atmospheric flows
MJ Zeeman, CK Thomas, JS Selker & M Mauder, in AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts. (2014)
Near the Surface Air Temperature Dynamics from Distributed Temperature Sensing
MJ Zeeman, JS Selker & CK Thomas, in 21st Symposium on Boundary Layers and Turbulence. (2014)
The influence of meteorological variability on the seasonal course of pre-Alpine managed grasslands
M Zeeman, R Steinbrecher, E Eckart, K Heidbach & M Mauder, in TERENO International Conference 2014 Book of Abstracts. (2014)
Conditional Sampling of Sub-Canopy Respiration in Forests
MJ Zeeman, CK Thomas, BE Law, S Etzold, W Eugster & N Buchmann, in AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts. (2011)
A novel approach combining canopy flow analysis and stable isotopes to understand and quantify turbulent carbon exchange in forests
MJ Zeeman, P Sturm, S Etzold, W Eugster, N Buchmann, A Knohl & CK Thomas, in Annual Meeting Proceedings American Meteorological Society. (2010)


Environmental processes affecting the carbon dioxide budget of grasslands along an elevational gradient in Switzerland.
MJ Zeeman, ETH Zurich, (2008)

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