Universität Wien FIND

280232 VU PS4 Terrestrial Systems (VU) (2019S)

Continuous assessment of course work

Please note that in addition to the regular dates of the lectures, a three day excursion will take place from 9.06 - 11.06.2017. Further dates for paper discussions will be announced shortly.

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max. 20 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Please note that in addition to the regular dates of the lectures, a three day excursion will take place from 16.06 - 18.06.2017. Further dates for paper discussions will be announced shortly.

Thursday 07.03. 13:15 - 15:40 Seminarraum Paläontologie 2B311 3.OG UZA II
Thursday 14.03. 13:15 - 15:40 Seminarraum Paläontologie 2B311 3.OG UZA II
Thursday 21.03. 13:15 - 15:40 Seminarraum Paläontologie 2B311 3.OG UZA II
Thursday 28.03. 13:15 - 15:40 Seminarraum Paläontologie 2B311 3.OG UZA II
Thursday 04.04. 13:15 - 15:40 Seminarraum Paläontologie 2B311 3.OG UZA II
Thursday 11.04. 13:15 - 15:40 Seminarraum Paläontologie 2B311 3.OG UZA II
Thursday 02.05. 13:15 - 15:40 Seminarraum Paläontologie 2B311 3.OG UZA II
Thursday 09.05. 13:05 - 15:00 Seminarraum 2A310 3.OG UZA II
Thursday 16.05. 13:15 - 15:40 Seminarraum Paläontologie 2B311 3.OG UZA II
Thursday 23.05. 13:15 - 15:40 Seminarraum Paläontologie 2B311 3.OG UZA II
Thursday 06.06. 13:15 - 15:40 Seminarraum Paläontologie 2B311 3.OG UZA II
Thursday 13.06. 13:15 - 15:40 Seminarraum Paläontologie 2B311 3.OG UZA II
Thursday 27.06. 13:15 - 15:40 Seminarraum Paläontologie 2B311 3.OG UZA II

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

Aims and content: Students can describe and discuss (1) the multiple functional dependencies in terrestrial systems (2) the genesis and properties of common soil types (3) fundamentals in geoecology, geomorphology and quarternary science. They are able to describe and interpret the complex interdependencies of soil formation, chemical and physical soil properties, nutrient cycles, ecosystem state factors, and terrestrial biota and food webs. Graduates are able to summarize the organic and inorganic composition of soils and can describe important chemical processes that influence the behavior of nutrients and pollutants. They recognize the function of soils in global element cycles and are able to critically analyze important environmental problems, such as soil contamination and erosion.

Methods: lectures, paper discussions, excursion

Assessment and permitted materials

Written exam and preparation of a report about topics covered during the excursion

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Written exam, participation in the excursion and preparation of an excursion report

Examination topics

Presentation slides, discussion papers, basic literature and contents covered during the excursion

Reading list

Basic literature:

Blume et al., (eds).(2016): Scheffer/Schachtschabel: Soil Science. Springer, Berlin.

Chapin, Matson, Vitousek, (eds) (2011): Principles of Terrestrial Ecosystem Ecology 2nd edition, Springer, Berlin

Candell J.G., Pataki D., Pitelka L.F. (eds.) (2007): Terrestrial Ecosystems in a Changing Worls. – Springer, Berlin.

Gange A.C. & Brown V.K. (eds.) (2009): Multitrophic Interactions in Terrestrial Systems. - 36th Symposium of the British Ecological Society.

Goudie, A. (2013): The human impact on the natural environment: past, present and future. Wiley- Blackwell.

Huggett J.H. (2003): Fundamentals of Geomorphology. Routlegde, London.

Keller, E.A. (2012): Introduction to Environmental Geology. Pearson Prentice Hall, New Jersey.

Phillips Jonathan D. (1999): Earth Surface Systems – Complexity, Order and Scale, Blackwell Publishers Inc., Oxford.

Slaymaker O. et al. (2009): Geomorphology and Global Environmenatl Change. Cambridge University Press.

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