ENVSC503-19B (HAM)

Terrestrial Ecosystem-Atmosphere Exchange Processes

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Division of Health Engineering Computing & Science
School of Science

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Paper Description

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The exchanges of water, energy and trace gases between the atmosphere and terrestrial biosphere underpin the productivity of the land for both agricultural and native ecosystems. These exchanges are also key for controlling greenhouse gas emissions and sustaining global carbon stocks in soil and biomass. This course will examine the processes and controlling factors of these exchanges at increasing scales, major methodologies used for their quantification, and possible approaches for managing undesirable anthropogenic perturbation of these exchanges.
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Paper Structure

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This paper will comprise a series of lectures supported by provided readings (generally weekly). Students will also make oral presentations of peer-reviewed literature either provided in class or that they have found. Learning will be re-enforced through a laboratory or data analysis experiment that will require individual student reports.
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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Global context
    describe the global context and importance of exchanges of greenhouse gases and water vapour between terrestrial ecosystems and the atmosphere
    Linked to the following assessments:
  • Size and controls of fluxes
    describe the size of gross and net fluxes of greenhouse gases and water to the atmosphere for different terrestrial environments and explain the distal and proximate controls of these fluxes
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  • Quantifying fluxes
    describe the different techniques for measuring magnitude and controls of greenhouse gases and water fluxes and explain the strengths and weaknesses of these different approaches.
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  • Managing fluxes from terrestrial sources
    describe land use and management practices that control the size of GHG and water fluxes
    Linked to the following assessments:
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Assessment

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 60:40. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 40% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 60:40 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 40% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Exam
40
2. Oral presentation of a research paper
16 Jul 2019
12:00 AM
10
  • Presentation: In Class
3. Seminar on soil mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions
1 Oct 2019
12:00 AM
20
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
  • Presentation: In Class
4. Report on investigation of greenhouse gas measurements
6 Sep 2019
12:00 AM
30
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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These will be provided during the course
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Online support will be provided via Moodle, which is accessible to all students who are enrolled in the paper.

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There will be 8 (2 h) lectures, 2 to 3 student seminar slots, a 2h laboratory practical and full day field trip/experiment.
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Restricted papers: ERTH535

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