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Biogeochemical Cycles in the Earth System - an Overview

Goal of the module is an overview over the global Earth System, its major components (Atmosphere, ocean, land surfaces and cryosphere), their interactions through exchanges of energy, momentum and materials, and the major physical, chemical and biological processes controlling these exchanges. A special emphasis is given to the role of the global cycles of biogeochemical elements and their modifications in the context of global change.


Course Course leaders Date Location
Overview: Global Biogeochemical Cycles Sue Trumbore, Martin Heimann
Info for course leaders
February 20-24, 2012 MPI for Biogeochemistry, Jena
Room B0.002 on Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri
Lecture hall on Wed


Please indicate in the registration form if you can bring a laptop to the course (for the practical part). It does not need to have special software, a browser will do. If you do not have a laptop, we can lend you one.


Slot Time
a.m. (I) 09:30-10:30
a.m. (II) 11:00-12:00
p.m. (I) ca. 14:00-15:30
(will be defined in the morning)
Day Slot Type Content Who
Mon Martin Heimann
a.m. (I + II) L Introduction - Overview of Earth System - Components and processes in the Earth System (Atmosphere, Ocean, Land surfaces, Hydrological cycle, Cryosphere) - Fundamental scientific questions - Energy balance MH
p.m. (I) L + D Exercises with simple energy balance model - Feedback calculus - Bifurcations and chaos MH
Tue Susan Trumbore
a.m. (I+II) L+D History of climate and the atmospheric composition (geologic, ice ages, Holocene, historical, contemporary trends) ST
p.m. (I) L Seminar by Michael Prather (mandatory for students!) ST
Wed Martin Heimann/Susan Trumbore
a.m. (I) L Biogeochemical cycles I: Cycles of carbon and oxygen MH
a.m. (II) L + D Simple carbon cycle model MH
p.m. (I) L + D Biogeochemical cycles II: Simple coupled carbon cycle - climate model ST/MH
Thu Susan Trumbore
a.m. (I+II) L Biogeochemical cycles III (N, S, P) ST
p.m. (I) L+D Coupled BGC-climate models ST
Fri Martin Heimann
a.m. (I) L Global change I (Drivers, model simulations and selected impacts) MH
a.m. (II) L + D Comprehensive Earth System models MH
p.m. (I) L Global change II (Uncertainties, open questions, socio-economic aspects)


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  • Wallace and Hobbs, Atmospheric Science, Elsevier Academic Press, International Geophysics Series, v92, 2002, ISBN: 0-12-732950-1, 483pp.
  • Schlesinger: Biogeochemistry - An analysis of global change, Elsevier Academic Press, 1997, ISBN: 978-0-12-625155-5, 588pp.
  • Jacobson, Charlson, Rhode and Orians: Earth System Science, Elsevier Academic Press, International Geophysics Series vol. 72, 2000, ISBN: 978-0-12-379370-6, 527pp.

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Previous overview courses

Overview course, December 2010

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