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Vorlesung/Seminar: Land Use Policies, Markets, and Ecosystems (C7a) (74046)

WS 2021/2022
Di.: 16:00-18:00, H9 (NW I)

Thomas Schmitt, Maria Hänsel

L/S 3 ECTS  (MSc-Geoöko: MUI4/FM3.7)


Start of the course: In the first week of the semester. Course takes place on campus with an option to participate via zoom. Please register for personal participation via e-learning. The e-learning course also contains a zoom link for online participation.


Learning objective (module): As an outcome of this module, students are able to:

Evaluate different policies and market options in their effect on land use and ecosystem services

Interpret land use model results and put them in the context of real-world policies and markets

Identify feedback mechanisms and trade-offs in human environment systems

Course content: Politics as well as national and international markets generally have a major impact on regional land use decisions and thus on the provision of ecosystem services. Individual land users (e.g., farmers, foresters, conservationists) are key actors in human environment systems, since they are the ones reacting to policies and market changes with their land use decisions.

This lecture addresses causes of changes in land use, in particular by using regional case studies to focus on the influence of markets and politics. In addition, various methods for quantifying land use change and its influence on ecosystem services are introduced and discussed.

Please check the e-learning and cmlife at the beginning of the semester, as changes due to Covid-19 might occur.

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