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SwB - Physical geography and Ecosystems Science, Climate change

Programme overview

  • Master level course
  • 60 credits
  • Campus
  • Study period: –

The programme will offer you courses on an advanced level covering the subjects of ecosystem functioning and the effects of climate change. The main topics of this programme are issues of climate change and its effects on the environment, vegetation dynamics, ecosystem modelling and hydrology and/or remote sensing as a tool in environmental monitoring. Computer simulations are introduced and used as a tool to understand and analyse the complex functioning of different ecosystems. The programme gives advanced knowledge that will be valuable in a variety of professional roles, such as work with climate and water issues, nature conservation planning from local to international authorities, ecosystem modelling or/ and development of analytical methods. The programme will also provide an excellent starting platform for research studies (PhD).

Programme structure:

1st semester courses (autumn):

NGEN01 Climate Change and its Impacts on the Environment (15 ECTS credits) - first part of the semester

NGEN03 Global Ecosystem Dynamics (15 ECTS credits) - second part of the semester

2nd semester courses (spring):

NGEN02 Ecosystem Modelling (15 ECTS credits) - first part of the semester

NGEN10 Ecosystem Hydrology (15 ECTS credits) - second part of the semester.

Special features of the programme:

The selected courses for this one year programme will give you an insight within the functioning of ecosystem processes and you will gain a deep knowledge within global ecosystem dynamics, climate change and it impacts of the environment at various regions and scales. You will obtain useful tools within programming and simulation techniques that will increase your analytical abilities to solve complex environmental issues. Hence, you will have a sound base for development or research activities within various important environmental issues for the future.