Global Biogeochemical Cycles

 
Vakcode:
AM_450332
Periode:
Periode 4
Credits:
6.0
Voertaal:
Engels
Faculteit:
Faculteit der Bètawetenschappen
Coördinator:
prof. dr. G.R. van der Werf
Examinator:
prof. dr. G.R. van der Werf
Docenten:
dr. G.M. Ganssen
dr. J. van Huissteden
prof. dr. G.R. van der Werf
prof. dr. ir. J.W. Erisman
prof. dr. G.J.A. Brummer
Lesmethode(n):
Computerpracticum, Hoorcollege
Niveau:
400

Doel vak

To understand and quantify the role of biogeochemical cycles (Carbon,
Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Water) in the Earth system.

Inhoud vak

The course starts with an overview of the major global biogeochemical
cycles, their role in the Earth system, and how they are modified by
humans. The main subject is exchange of C, N, P, and S between the soil,
water, atmosphere, and biota on global and local scales in different
climatic zones (tropics, temperate, boreal and arctic zone) and
environments. We address the relation of biogeochemical cycles with the
climate system. Each week consists of two lectures where the first one
serves as an introductory lecture and the second a more
in-depth view of a theme in global biogeochemical cycles. The themes
include: 1) the global terrestrial carbon cycle, 2) forests, 3) the
nitrogen cycle, 4) the oceanic carbon cycle, 5) oceanic cycles of N, P,
and S, 6) wetlands, and 7) disturbances including deforestation
and forest fires.

Onderwijsvorm

12 Lectures, assistance with essay writing

Toetsvorm

Written exam

Literatuur

W.H. Schlesinger: Biogeochemistry: An analysis of Global Change, 3th
edition (Academic Press).
Lecture notes and additional literature will be made available
during the course.

Doelgroep

MSc students Earth Sciences, Hydrology, Environment and Resource
management

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