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Graduate Program (M.Sc.) - Global Change Ecology

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Exercise course: Methods in Dynamic Vegetation Ecology (M20) (00763)

SS 2018
exact dates will be announced

Steven Higgins

5 ECTS

Dates: will take place as a blockcourse sometime between 16.07. and 27.07.2018

Learning Objectives: The module’s aim is to teach practical empirical methods, which follow the principal models of primary production and dynamic vegetation models.

Course Content: The exercise course teaches students how to use non-destructive methods to estimate net-primary-production (NPP). Photosynthesis, transpiration, aspiration and leaf area will be measured in field exercises and analyzed with R to ultimately estimate the NPP. Further exercises in the Computer Lab focus on the use of open access earth observation data and how to utilize them in vegetation ecology to analyze NPP trends. The functionality of R as a geographical information system is used in the computer exercises. The results of the exercises will be summarized in a report written in the style of a scientific publication


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