This course covers the processes regulating states and flows of mass and energy in the soil-vegetation-atmosphere system. The course emphasises the energy exchange and water cycle. It will also offer you an in-depth overall picture of the system as well as the interactions between the various physical and biological processes.
By taking this course, you will also learn measuring techniques for relevant variables and parameters in an ecosystem. This knowledge is crucial for developing sustainable ways to manage land-based ecosystems.
The course provides broad and advanced theory of the most important energy exchange processes in the interface between the atmosphere and the vegetation/land mass. In order to analyse the interplay between different processes within ecosystems, you will be using a simulation model of the energy exchange and the water-balance. You will also be instructed on how to use sensor technology and methods to measure and store abiotic and biotic variables and parameters using data logs and other instruments.
Teaching consists of lectures, practicals, field exercises, group projects and project work. An important element of the course is a field-study to develop skills in measuring techniques and apply theoretical knowledge to the actual measurement of energy exchanges and water balances.