|Teaching method||Contact hours|
|Practical intensively supervised||36|
|Course coordinator(s)||dr. ir. MR Hoosbeek|
|Lecturer(s)||dr. ir. MR Hoosbeek|
|dr. ir. LN Ganzeveld|
|Examiner(s)||dr. ir. MR Hoosbeek|
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ESS-31806 Earth's Biogeochemical Cycles and Climate Change.
This course is intended for students with a non-natural science background who want to understand the basics of the natural sciences related to Global Change issues. For example, this course is not intended for BBW or BBI students, but aims at students who do not have a background in soil science, hydrology and/or ecology.
This course provides a conceptual basis for understanding abiotic and biotic processes in terrestrial ecosystems and their sensitivity to Global Change:
- the Ecosystem Concept;
- earth's Climate System;
- geology and Soils;
- soils and Global Change;
- terrestrial Water and Energy Balance;
- carbon Input to Terrestrial Ecosystems;
- terrestrial Production Processes;
- terrestrial Decomposition;
- modelling Decomposition Processes;
- terrestrial Plant Nutrient Use;
- terrestrial Nutrient Cycling;
- temporal Dynamics;
- landscape Heterogeneity and Ecosystem Dynamics;
- global Biogeochemical Cycles.
At the end of this course the student is expected to be able to:
- demonstrate knowledge of the major abiotic and biotic processes in terrestrial ecosystems;
- demonstrate insight into feedback mechanisms;
- develop a simple ecosystem model;
- perform calculations related to major abiotic and biotic processes in terrestrial ecosystems;
- assess the effects of Global Change on ecosystems.
- attend lectures and study of course book;
- exercises (analysing data sets, model computation).
Written test with open questions (100%).
Chapin III, F. Stuart; Matson, Pamela A.; Vitousek, Peter M. (2012). Principles of Terrestrial Ecosystem Ecology. 2nd ed. 529 p. Springer New York, ISBN 978-1-4419-9504-9; ISBN 978-1-4419-9502-5.
|Restricted Optional for:||MGI||Geo-Information Science||MSc||1AF|
|Restricted Optional for:||WUCLC||BSc Minor Climate Change: Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Society||1AF|
|WUEAH||BSc Minor Earth and Health||1AF|