911331 Ecosystem dynamics and their effect on greenhouse gases

Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Zechmeister-Boltenstern, Sophie , Diaz-Pines, Eugenio , Hood-Nowotny, Rebecca
Offered in
Sommersemester 2022
Languages of instruction


The cycles of carbon, nitrogen, oxygen and water represent an important component of the global climatic system. On the one hand the atmospheric part of these cycles covers greenhouse gases, e.g. CO2, CH4 and N2O, which affect the climate of the earth over their concentration. On the other hand the concentration of these gases is steered by biological, chemical and physical processes at the earth´s surface, which depend on the prevailing climate conditions and on the land use. Organized like a workshop this course offers news and views by internationally renown experts on the impacts of land-use and land-management on climate change and feedback effects through terrestrial ecosystems.

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

Understanding of formation and decomposition processes of the gases carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, nitric oxide, ammonia, and hydrocarbons in forests, arable fields, grasslands and wetlands. Insights into the dynamics of these ecosystems and their effect on the greenhouse gas balance.
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