SOC-35806 Field Training Soil-Vegetation-Atmosphere Interactions


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Field practical100
Excursion (one day)16
Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. MR Hoosbeek
Lecturer(s)dr. B Kruijt
dr. ir. MR Hoosbeek
dr. ir. OK Hartogensis
AM Droste
A Roepert
dr. A Rimac
Examiner(s)dr. ir. MR Hoosbeek
dr. ir. OK Hartogensis

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

MAQ-22806 Atmosphere-Vegetation-Soil Interactions; MAQ-233306 System Earth: Scale dependence, Feedbacks and Global Change; SOC-23306 Principles of Earth and Ecosystem Science or SOC-36306 Biogeochemical Cycles and Climate Change Mitigation, or equivalent courses (in consultation with course coordinator Marcel Hoosbeek).

Continuation courses:

SOC-81336 MSc Thesis Soil Chemistry and Chemical Soil Quality, MAQ-80836 MSc Thesis Meteorology, MAQ-81336 MSc Thesis Air Quality and Atmospheric Chemistry


Note: This course has a maximum number of participants (24). The deadline for registration is one week earlier than for regular courses. This course is listed as "restricted optional" in the following program-specializations: MCL-A, MCL-B, MEE-B and MEE-C.   
This course focuses on performing field experiments that will gain insight into the temporal and spatial variability of the carbon-cycle and the energy balance at the earth's surface in relation to the heterogeneity and complexity of landscapes and ecosystems. The course will provide basic training in several measurement techniques, experimental design and data interpretation in the context of (micro-) meteorology, ecophysiology, soil science, and climate change science. Biogeochemical processes and associated transport processes in atmosphere, vegetation, litter and soil, will be measured and analysed at three dedicated field sites: 1) Veenkampen meteorological station (near Wageningen, week 1); 2) Loobos flux tower site (near Kootwijk, week 2); and 3) Majadas area and flux tower site (Central Spain, week 3). The fourth week will be used for data integration.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- recognize the heterogeneity and complexity of landscapes and ecosystems;
- design sampling schemes representative of the relevant temporal and spatial scales;
- work with field monitoring equipment used in meteorology, soil science, biogeochemistry, ecophysiology and land-atmosphere exchange research;
- design and execute a field experiment that focuses on land-atmosphere-vegetation-soil exchange processes and interpret the data;
- analyse, interpret and synthesize data of the three different ecosystems in the context of biogeochemical cycling and climate change research.


- geological and soil science excursion and practical;
- training in meteorological and ecophysiological field techniques and experimental design;
- perform field measurements at different sites in the Netherlands and Spain;
- perform quality control of data and process the data into relevant quantities;
- lab and data analysis techniques, hypothesis testing and project presentation.


Assessment is based on:
- quality of the dataset submitted after finishing the measurements (25%);
- scientific report and oral presentation (50%);
- student's functioning during the practical (25%).


Hand-outs and selected papers.

Restricted Optional for: MEEEarth and EnvironmentMScC: Biology and Chemistry of Soil and Water6WD
MEEEarth and EnvironmentMScB: Meteorology and Air Quality6WD
MCLClimate StudiesMScB: Biogeochemical Cycles6WD
MCLClimate StudiesMScA: The Physical Climate System6WD