Course code MINA300

MINA300 Global Change of the Earth System

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Course responsible: Jan Mulder
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management
Teaching language: EN, NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Teaching exam periods:
Spring term
Course frequency: Annually. The course is in the Spring term 
First time: Study year 2005-2006
Preferential right:
Course contents:
The course starts with the big-bang-theory, creation of stars, heavy elements, planets, the atmosphere, and life"s biogeochemical signatures on our planet. Further, we treat the climate system, the main biogeochemical element cycles, methods in biogeochemistry, isotope signatures and global changes. Important leitmotifs for the course are "the biosphere as a reactor in the climate system" and the "anthropogenic factor" now and in the future. A part of the course is dedicated to a presentation and discussion of ongoing climate research at MINA: - Fluxes of greenhouse gases between soil and atmosphere. - Turnover and losses of C and N from terrestrial ecosystems.
Learning outcome:
Knowledge of the processes and organisms which dominate and regulate the biogeochemical system with a particular focus on human-induced effects on carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus and water. Understanding how and why the system is about to change, and the uncertainties involved. The students are trained in acquainting themselves with scientific debates/discussions of biogeochemistry and global change, and to be active in such debates by reading and using primary scientific literature in the seminars.
Learning activities:
The lectures and the textbook in biogeochemistry, in addition to more recent scientific papers, provides  the core knowledge of facts, methods and concepts in biogeochemistry and analyses of global change.
Teaching support:
Continous individual supervision is available on the initiative of the students, either in class, by personal contact during office hours or online.

W. H. Schlesinger: and E.S. Bernhardt 2013: Biogeochemistry-, aAn analysis of global change 3rd ed Academic Press. 672 pp..

More recent papers will be made available via Canvas

Recommended prerequisites:
KJM210, KJB200, BIO232, JORD101, JORD200, JORD210. A reading list for the early part of the course will be recommended to students lacking the recommended prerequisites.
Mandatory activity:
Presentation of parts of the course material. A minimum attendance of 80% av møtene
Final oral examination: 50%. Presentations: 35%, Active participation in class 15%. All parts must be pass.
Nominal workload:
Structured work and lectures: 30 hours. Preparation for literature seminars: 100 hours. Individual study: 170 hours.
Entrance requirements:
Special requirements in Science
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
Presentation and discussions 30 hours
Biogeochemistry is an interdisciplinary subject, and this has implications for the teaching and learning. Our experience is that students with good knowledge and skills in one or two of the relevant subjects (soil science, limnology, microbiology, biochemistry, physiology, chemistry, geology etc) will appreciate a course in biogeochemistry as a great enlightenment and find inspiration to do the necessary supplementary reading.
An external examiner approves the course and participate in the assessment of the oral examination.
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