The student will learn to:
- understand how biosphere influences the composition of atmosphere and vice versa; including fluxes of trace gases from terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, and their linkages to biosphere functions and climate change
- understand the biological (plant-plant and plant-insect) interactions mediated by air
- explore using recent literature the scientific evidence for feedbacks between biosphere and atmospheric composition
- familiarize with sampling and analysing data on trace gas exchange between plants and atmosphere
Period 4, 2nd year of MSc or postgraduate studies.
The main topics in the course are:
- Biogenic trace gases, their chemical and physical properties and exchange rates
- Production of reactive (BVOCs, ozone etc) and non-reactive gases (CH4, COS etc) in different scales and ecosystems
- Biotic and abiotic factors influencing the exchange of trace gases
- Exchange models
- Feedback processes linking ecosystems and climate change
Lectures 30 h, Practical work 15 h (mandatory), literature review 10 h (mandatory), independent work 80 h
Exam (50%), literature work (25%) and practical work report (25%)
Lectures, article collection and practical work instructions in Moodle.
Grading scale 1-5, Exam (50%), literature work (25%) and practical work report (25%).
Teaching in English.
Professor Jaana Bäck