[ 663BICHBGC18 ] Module Biogeochemistry

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2 ECTS Accumulative module examination B2 - Bachelor's programme 2. year (*)Biologische Chemie Hana Santruckova USB Budweis
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Original study plan Bachelor's programme Biological Chemistry 2023W
Objectives The aim of the class is to make students familiar with so-called biogeochemical cycles. At the end of the class, students should understand the processes that drive biogeochemical cycles on local, continental or global scales, both in natural conditions and under human impact. Part of the class is dedicated to the introduction to mathematical modeling, which is frequently used in biogeochemical cycles research.
Further information 1. Introduction to basic terminology and definitions. Earth formation and development of life. 2. Atmosphere: Structure and composition; Global atmospheric circulation; Energy balance of the Earth. 3. Oceans and Hydrosphere: Structure, Distribution, Circulation. 4. Carbon cycling in aquatic ecosystems: Carbon dioxide dissolution, Primary production, Ecological stoichiometry. 5. Lithosphere: Origin of rocks and minerals, Erosion, Weathering, Soil development and classification. 6. Carbon cycling in terrestrial ecosystems: Gross and net primary production, Net ecosystem production, Plant litter and soil organic matter decomposition, Carbon sequestration. 7. Nutrient (Nitrogen and Phosphorus) cycling in terrestrial ecosystems: Nitrogen functions, Nitrogen reactivity, Plant-microbe symbiotic associations, Phosphorus mineralization and adsorption, Ecological stoichiometry. 8. Introduction to mathematical modelling: Ordinary differential equations, First-order decay rate, Modelling of carbon cycling in the soil, Models use and uncertainties. 9. Human impacts. 10. Last lectures of the class are dedicated to students' presentations of the current research issues.
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