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Biogeochemical Cycles in the Earth System - an Overview

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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.

1.  Overview

Course Course leaders Date Location
Overview: Global Biogeochemical Cycles Susan Trumbore, Martin Heimann
Info for course leaders
February 14-15 + February 18-20, 2013 MPI for Biogeochemistry, Jena
Room B0.002

2.  Prerequisites

Please indicate in the registration form if you can bring a laptop to the course (for the practical part). You will need the Wolfram Mathematica Player and a web browser. If you do not have a laptop available, we can lend you one if we know early enough.

3.  Outline

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
Thursday 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
Friday Martin Heimann
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 MH
Monday 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 TBA ST
Tuesday Susan Trumbore
a.m. (I+II) L Biogeochemical cycles III (N, S, P) ST
p.m. (I) L+D Coupled BGC-climate models ST
Wednesday Martin Heimann/Susan Trumbore
a.m. (I) L Global change I (Drivers, model simulations and selected impacts) MH/ST
a.m. (II) L + D Comprehensive Earth System models MH/ST
p.m. (I) L Global change II (Uncertainties, open questions, socio-economic aspects)

4.  Registration

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5.  Literature

  • 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.

6.  Course material (slides, notebooks, etc.):

Material will be made available though this password protected page.

7.  Feedback by the participants

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8.  Previous overview courses

Overview course, February 2012
Overview course, December 2010

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