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

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Assessing and Communicating the Loss of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services
With Remote Sensing, Web Mapping, Regional Planning Tools and Life Cycle Assessment for Better Decision Support

Thurnau / Bayreuth - 11.-15. October 2010

[ invitation and programme ]

Application deadline: August 15, 2010

Global change of land use and land cover has severe impacts on biodiversity, ecosystems and the services they provide. The summer school’s goal is to learn about innovations in information technologies to generate information on changes of biodiversity and ecosystem services. Such information technologies are Remote Sensing, Web Mapping, Regional Planning Tools and Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). In combination they allow to better assess the ecological impact of land use and land intensive products (e.g., from agriculture, forestry, mining). Even more important they can channel this ecological information from science to decision-makers in industries, NGOs and governmental organizations as well as to consumers. Especially Web Mapping technologies as provided by Google together with decision support tools like LCA have a great potential to inform decision-makers about global ecological problems.

The participating students will learn about the assessment of biodiversity loss and ecosystem services with remote sensing and how decision support tools communicate this information to decision-makers. They will discuss with the lecturers the potential and limitations for designing decision support tools to address the loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services. 
The summer school shall also strengthen the collaboration between researchers in California, Bavaria and other regions to generate knowledge on innovative links between Remote Sensing, Web Mapping and Life Cycle Assessment. 


From California: 

• Prof. Dr. Roland Geyer*, UCSB 

• Prof. Dr. James Frew*, UCSB 

• Dr. David Stoms*, UCSB 



 From other countries:  

• Chris Mutel *, ETH Zürich 

• Laura de Baan*, ETH Zürich 

• Dr. Jagdish Krishnaswamy*, ATREE India 

• Dr. Marc Conte*, Stanford University

 • Dr. Manuele Margni and Rosie Saad, CIRAIG Montréal   

From Germany: 

• Prof. Dr. Thomas Koellner*, UBT 

• Prof. Dr. Carl Beierkuhnlein*, UBT 

• Dr. Christopher Conrad*, Uni Würzburg 

• Dr. Martin Wegmann*, Uni Würzburg 

• Prof. Dr. Thomas Nauss*, UBT 

• Prof. Dr. Alfred Schultz*, HNE Eberswalde   


 (* confirmed) 





Fee: The Summer School fee is 300 €, including participation in all course activities, extensive training materials, field trips during the course, full food and accommodation. We will not be able to cover your travel expenses. A small number of grants are available for students from developing countries and countries with economies in transition.

Registration: For more information see Summer School Brochure.

How to get to Thurnau: For more information see the pdf-file

Credits: For active participation in the summer school and a written report you get 5 ECTS.

Contact Person UBT
Prof. Dr. Thomas Koellner
University of Bayreuth (UBT) 
Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Geosciences
Email Thomas Koellner
Professorship of Ecological Services (PES) website

Contact Person UCSB:
Prof. Dr. Roland Geyer
University of California
Bren School of Environmental Science & Management
Email Roland Geyer
Bren School website

Financed by the Elitenetwork of Bavaria and the Baviaria California Technology Center (BaCaTeC) 
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