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

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Lecture: Ecosystem Services (C2a) (74035)

WS 2019/2020
We.: 08:00-10:00, S 21 (GEO)

Kelsey R. McDonough, Andrea Kaim


Starting date: 16 October 2019

a(lso for MSc-Humangeo:W4_2)

Further information (recommended readings, etc.) can be obtained on the e-learning site of the course

Learning Objectives: Global change of climate, land-use, markets and political systems has a strong influence on the productivity of an economic system. Aim of this module is an advanced discussion of the aspects of the productivity of economic systems relevant for society (food production, erosion regulation, drinking water purification, risk protection, etc) and their relationship to biodiversity

Course Content: The lecture „Ecosystem Services” provides an overview of economic system services in regional and global human environmental systems.   Contents include the definition and classification of ecosystem services, as well as their relationship to biodiversity and the role of global change.  Furthermore, topics include physical quantification and socio-economic evaluation, the supply and demand through social agents as well as the management of ecosystem productivity with policy instruments that are close to the market.

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