911327 Soils and global change (in Eng.)

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Wintersemester 2019/20
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Soils are the living skin of our earth and provide many ecosystem goods and services, including the production of food, feed, biomass for energy and material use. However, soils are a limited and vulnerable resource. Global change may concern important biogeochemical cycles, e.g. the carbon and nitrogen cycle and the use of limited resources like phosphorus. We will look into the role of soils in this context. Especially soil organic matter and its possible contribution to minimise global warming and nutrient cycling with focus on arable systems will be discussed.

24.10. Introduction; soil functions; threats to soils; climate change
07.11. Carbon cycling
14.11. Nitrogen cycling and processes
21.11. Phosphorus – a limited resource
28.11. Filter and Buffer Function of Soils: Retention Properties influenced by Soil Formation, Land-use and Management
05.12. Historical and recent changes in landuse: implications for soil development and management
12.12. Direct and indirect emissions of greenhouse gases from soils2

Inhaltliche Voraussetzungen (erwartete Kenntnisse)

Basic knowledge in Soil Science.


The objective of this seminar is to give an introduction to the topic and to provide deeper insight into selected themes (e.g. soil organic matter and nutrient cycling).
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