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IMPRS-gBGC core course: Terrestrial Biosphere (Part 1 and 2)

This course will focus on processes important in biosphere-atmosphere exchange of greenhouse gases as well as methods used to scale these exchange processes to understand their importance in global biogeochemical cycles.

The emphasis will be on plants since soils are covered in a separate course.

Category: Core course
0.2 CP per course day

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  1.   1.  When
  2.   2.  Where
  3.   3.  Outline
  4.   4.  Ressources
  5.   5.  Participants

>> Terrestrial Biosphere 2017

If you are an doctoral researcher with limited background knowledge in biology and ecology, this is the right course for you.

1.  When

  • Part 1: April 20,27, and 29 as webinar
  • Part 2: September 10 and 17, October 12 in-person

2.  Where

September 10: Am Planetarium 1: Lecture hall (ground floor of the Schleiden Institute)

September 10: Excursion: Meeting point at the entrance of the Jena Experiment

September 17 MPI-BGC: lecture hall and outside
October 12: MPI-BGC: lecture hall

3.  Outline

preliminary agenda

Legend
L = lecture, D = demonstration, P = practical, E = excursion

Day & slot Type Content Who & where
September 10 Biodiversity and ecosystem functions & Ecophysiology I
9:00 - 11:00 L

Biodiversity
- What is biodiversity?
- Changes and threat on biodiversity
- Consequences of biodiversity loss
- Biodiversity experiments
- Biodiversity and ecosystem processes

Christine Römermann

Am Planetarium 1: Lecture hall, ground floor of the Schleiden Institute

11:15 - 12:45 E Excursion to the Jena Experiment Markus Lange

Meeting point at the entrance of the Jena Experiment

14:00 - 16:00 L/D/P Biodiversity & Ecophysiology Christine Römermann

and Dr. Solveig Franziska Bucher / Am Planetarium 1: Lecture hall

September 17 Ecophysiology II
09:00 - 13:00 L

Carbon Metabolism, water in plants, transport processes, nutrients and interactions

Henrik Hartmann

MPI-BGC lecture hall

13:00 - 17:00 D/P Hands on part
Henrik Hartmann

MPI-BGC Outside / basement

October 12 Plant traits and modeling plant/soil
October 12 L 09:00 -12:30

Biogeochemical cycles in general & models of BGC cycles
Traits as characteristics of plants (including their relevance for determining soil properties)

Jens Kattge

MPI-BGC lecture hall

April 29 Plants in Landscapes & large scale biodiversity / biogeography Webinar
09:00 - 10:30 L

Pattern and process at landscape scales
- the physical template
- biotic processes
- disturbance
- tools, metrics and models

Axel Kleidon
11:00 - 12:30 L

Large scale biodiversity and biogeography
- from plants to biomes and biodiversity
- exchange fluxes of the biosphere
- atmosphere-biosphere interactions
- the global biosphere

Axel Kleidon
14:00 - 16:00 L

Lab exercise - geophysical modelling
(laptops needed)
(>> daisy world spreadsheet)

Axel Kleidon
April 20 Introduction Webinar
14:00 - 15:30 L

Hierarchical theory and levels of organization of biological systems
- Intro to ecophysiology
- Ecosystem and Biospheric levels of organization

Carlos Sierra
April 27 Plant traits and modeling plant/soil Webinar
11:00 - 12:30
L

Mathematical representation of ecosystem models

Carlos Sierra
14:00 - 17:00 P/D

Building a simple biogeochemical model in 3 steps of abstraction (visual representation, mathematical representation, working model)
for this part, please bring a laptop with a current version of R and RStudio installed. The model will be presented in a way that you can follow without knowing R.

Carlos Sierra
14:00 - 17:00 P/D

Building a simple biogeochemical model in 3 steps of abstraction (visual representation, mathematical representation, working model)
for this part, please bring a laptop with a current version of R and RStudio installed. The model will be presented in a way that you can follow without knowing R.

Carlos Sierra

4.  Ressources

You can find Axel Kleidon's slides on owncloud

5.  Participants



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