CO-ORDINATOR: Dr Jens-Arne Subke
Before taking this module it is advised that you should have passed:
This course forms part of the Environmental Science and Environmental Geography degree programmes taught in the School. Aim of the course is a general introduction to the biosphere, covering general biogeochemical principles, element cycles and energy flow in ecosystems, and interdependencies between the biosphere and the abiotic environment. Lectures will discuss these for all major life zones to provide a comprehensive overview of the governing biochemical processes in terrestrial, freshwater and marine systems from the Arctic to the Tropics. The course builds on knowledge of the physical environment, soil processes and ecological principles taught during semesters 1 to 3 (ENVU1GE – Building Planet Earth, ENVU2LE – Landscape Evolution, ENVU3EC – An Introduction to Ecology).
The course aims to introduce students to the functioning of ecosystems and their component communities at a range of scales from local to global.
Scheduled Teaching: 38 hours
Independent Study: 162 hours
Placements: 0 hours