911327 Soils and global change (in Eng.)

Vortragende/r (Mitwirkende/r)
Gerzabek, Martin , Zechmeister-Boltenstern, Sophie , Spiegel, Adelheid , Wenzel, Walter
Angeboten im Semester
Wintersemester 2020/21
Unterrichts-/ Lehrsprachen


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.

05.11. Introduction; soil functions; threats to soils; climate change
12.11. Carbon cycling
19.11. Nitrogen cycling and processes
26.11. Phosphorus – a limited resource
03.12. Filter and Buffer Function of Soils: Retention Properties influenced by Soil Formation, Land-use and Management
10.12. Historical and recent changes in landuse: implications for soil development and management
17.12. Direct and indirect emissions of greenhouse gases from soils

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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