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

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

SS 2021


Steven Higgins

5 ECTS

Date: t.b.a., see announcements 

Learning Objectives: The module’s aim is to teach empirical methods used to estimate the primary production of ecosystems.

Course Content: Students learn how to use non-destructive methods to estimate net-primary-production (NPP). To achieve this the leaf area, photosynthesis, transpiration and respiration rates will be measured in field exercises. These data are used to derive estimates of NPP using the statistical script language R.

Students learn how to access and use Earth observation data. The Geographical Information System functionality of R is used to analyze NPP trends observed in the satellite data.

The NPP-estimates derived from the satellite and field measurements are compared and assessed. The findings are summarized in a report written in the style of an R tutorial.


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