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701-1681-00L  Element Balancing and Soil Functions in Managed Ecosystems

SemesterAutumn Semester 2016
LecturersA. Keller
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish

Catalogue data

AbstractApplying element balances of agricultural soils and the assessment of soil functions for real applications in computer exercises to design preventive strategies against soil pollution and to support sustainable management of regional agroecosystems also in the context of spatial planning procedures.
ObjectiveThe students learn to critical assess changes in land use management on element cycles in agro-ecosystems and to assess soil services (soil functions). You design solutions for chemical problems in soil protection at the regional scale and learn to assess soil functions using different methods.
ContentThe students apply a regional balance model for Swiss regions in computer exercises and assess major soil functions of agricultural soils. You assess the sustainability of current land use and analyse management options improving nutrient and metal cycling in agro-ecosystems. The students will have the opportunity to calculate specific scenarios regarding land use management and environmental changes. Special focus we be paid on the soil services such as regulation-, production function and soil as habitat, and the assessment of these functions based on soil mapping data.
Lecture notesLiterature and Exercises for a case study
LiteratureLiterature will be provided.
Prerequisites / NoticeThe course consists of lectures and computer exercises. The course take place every 2 weeks à 4 hours.
recommended prerequisites for attending this course:
- Bodenschutz und Landnutzung
- Biochemistry of Trace Elements
- Angewandte Bodenökologie

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits3 credits
ExaminersA. Keller
Typegraded semester performance
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionRepetition only possible after re-enrolling for the course unit.
Additional information on mode of examinationThe final mark is 50% of the mark of a written exam and 50% of the average mark of the exercises

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701-1681-00 GElement Balancing and Soil Functions in Managed Ecosystems
Kurs findet ab dem 26.09.2016 alle 2 Wochen als Blockkurs statt.
Vorlesung: 8-10
Übungen: 10-12
2 hrs
Mon/2w08-10HG E 33.1 »
10-12HG D 11 »
A. Keller


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Offered in

Doctoral Department of Environmental SciencesForest and Landscape ManagementWInformation
Environmental Engineering MasterMinorsWInformation
Environmental Engineering MasterMajor in Soil ProtectionOInformation
Environmental Engineering MasterEM: SoilWInformation
Environmental Sciences MasterMinor in Soil-Plant Relations and Land UseWInformation