Global Biogeochemical Cycles


Course Objective

To understand and quantify the role of biogeochemical cycles (Carbon,
Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Water) in the Earth system.

Course Content

The course starts with an overview of the major global biogeochemical
cycles, their role in the Earth system, and how they are modified by
humans. The main subject is exchange of C, N, P, and S between the soil,
water, atmosphere, and biota on global and local scales in different
climatic zones (tropics, temperate, boreal and arctic zone) and
environments. We address the relation of biogeochemical cycles with the
climate system. Each week consists of two lectures where the first one
serves as an introductory lecture and the second a more
in-depth view of a theme in global biogeochemical cycles. The themes
include: 1) the global terrestrial carbon cycle, 2) forests, 3) the
nitrogen cycle, 4) the oceanic carbon cycle, 5) oceanic cycles of N, P,
and S, 6) wetlands, and 7) disturbances including deforestation
and forest fires.

Teaching Methods

12 Lectures, assistance with essay writing

Method of Assessment

Written exam


W.H. Schlesinger: Biogeochemistry: An analysis of Global Change, 3th
edition (Academic Press).
Lecture notes and additional literature will be made available
during the course.

Target Audience

MSc students Earth Sciences, Hydrology, Environment and Resource

General Information

Course Code AM_450332
Credits 6 EC
Period P4
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Science
Course Coordinator prof. dr. G.R. van der Werf
Examiner prof. dr. G.R. van der Werf
Teaching Staff prof. dr. G.R. van der Werf
dr. J. van Huissteden
dr. G.M. Ganssen
prof. dr. ir. J.W. Erisman
prof. dr. G.J.A. Brummer

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Computer lab, Lecture
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