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Greenhouse Gases and the Carbon Cycle

NGEN04

The course includes lectures which aim to give a solid theoretical knowledge of the carbon cycle, greenhouse gases and related environmental issues. The assimilation of carbon into ecosystems via photosynthesis is covered as well as carbon emissions from ecosystems via respiration and decomposition and the production of greenhouse gases (carbon dioxide, methane, laughing gas and other volatile organic carbon compounds). We will also discuss the ways in which these processes are influenced by changes in vegetation and climate, primarily in northern ecosystems.

The course includes several practical elements such as field-based, computer-based and laboratory-based exercises and a more extensive field-project. These elements aim to give theoretical and practical insight into the methods used in this subject area.

Students from NGEN04 in field action during fall 2016, investigating permafrost carbon feedbacks in northernmost Sweden
Students from NGEN04 in field action during fall 2016, investigating permafrost carbon feedbacks in northernmost Sweden
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Course facts

Level: Advanced
Credits: 15 ECTS
Period: Autumn 1
Language of instruction: English
Prerequisites: General admission requirements and 90 ECTS science subjects, including NGEA04 Ecosystems Analysis or equivalent.

Course curriculum

Department of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science
Lund University
Sölvegatan 12
S-223 62 Lund
Sweden