SoilSoc Courses

ME413 Biogeochemistry of Boreal Forest Ecosystems and Soils

ECTS: 5

Time: January / February, organised annually

Place: Helsinki, Finland

Level: MSc course

Organiser: Department of Forest Ecology, HU-AF  

Language: English

Description: Lecture course. The course covers: an introduction to systems analysis and modelling; derivation of nitrogen and mineral nutrient pools and flows in forest stands and catchments; processes (decomposition, weathering, litterfall, nutrient supply and uptake) affecting the flows; the central role played by the carbon and hydrological cycles; and the use of various empirical and simulation models to compliment measurements. The course objective is to provide the student with a systems analysis approach to the biogeochemistry (the transformation and flow of chemical materials) of boreal forest ecosystems, primarily at the stand-scale.