Biogeochemical Cycles in the Earth System - an Overview

Goal of the module is an overview over the global Earth System, its major components (Atmosphere, ocean, land surfaces and cryosphere), their interactions through exchanges of energy, momentum and materials, and the major physical, chemical and biological processes controlling these exchanges. A special emphasis is given to the role of the global cycles of biogeochemical elements and their modifications in the context of global change.



CourseCourse leadersDateLocation
Overview: Global Biogeochemical CyclesSue Trumbore, Martin HeimannDec. 06-10, 2010MPI for Biogeochemistry, Jena (Seminar room B0.002)


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Time slots

a.m. (I)09:00-10:30
a.m. (II)11:00-12:30
p.m. (I)14:00-15:30


Mon   Martin Heimann
 a.m. (I)LIntroduction - Overview of Earth System
Fundamental scientific questions
Energy balance
 a.m. (II)L + DSimple energy balance model IMH
 p.m. (I)LEnergy balance, greenhouse effect, greenhouse gasesMH
Tue   Martin Heimann/ Susan Trumbore
 a.m. (I)L + DSimple energy balance model II (Applications: feedbacks, faint sun paradox, bifurcations, determinism and chaos)MH
 a.m. (II)LHistory of climate and the atmospheric composition (geologic, ice ages, Holocene, historical, contemporary trends)ST
 p.m. (I)LComponents and processes in the Earth System (Atmosphere, Ocean, land surfaces, hydrological cycle, cryosphere)ST
Wed   Susan Trumbore
 a.m. (I)LBiogeochemical cycles I (carbon and oxygen)ST
 a.m. (II)L + DSimple carbon cycle modelST
 p.m. (I)LBiogeochemical cycles II (carbon and oxygen)ST
Thu   Susan Trumbore
 a.m. (I)LBiogeochemical cycles III (N, S, P)ST
 a.m. (II)L + DSimple coupled BGC-climate modelST
 p.m. (I)LBiogeochemical cycles IV (N, S, P)ST
Fri   Martin Heimann
 a.m. (I)LGlobal change I (Drivers, model simulations and selected impacts)MH
 a.m. (II)L + DComprehensive Earth System modelsMH
 p.m. (I)LGlobal change II (Uncertainties, open questions, socio-economic aspects)


  • Wallace and Hobbs, Atmospheric Science, Elsevier Academic Press, International Geophysics Series, v92, 2002, ISBN: 0-12-732950-1, 483pp.
  • Schlesinger: Biogeochemistry - An analysis of global change, Elsevier Academic Press, 1997, ISBN: 978-0-12-625155-5, 588pp.
  • Jacobson, Charlson, Rhode and Orians: Earth System Science, Elsevier Academic Press, International Geophysics Series vol. 72, 2000, ISBN: 978-0-12-379370-6, 527pp.
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