ECTS credits: 5 ECTS
Level of course: PhD (Masters and young researchers with strong interest are also welcomed)
No. of contact hours/hours in total incl. preparation, assignment(s) or the like: 120 hours in total, including lectures, exercises, lab and field trips, and assignments, as well as one week of preparatory reading
Capacity limits: 20
Objectives of the course:
The course aims to provide participants with:
- Understand the relationship between wetlands and climate change,
- updated knowledge of wetland soil characterization and mapping,
- assessment of hydrological dynamics under wetland restoration and rewetting,
- monitoring greenhouse gases emission and biomass utilization,
- biogeochemical processes in natural, restored, and treatment wetlands,
- performance overview of wetlands for application in the agricultural catchment,
- overview of wetland ecosystems, their applicability, and their limitations,
- discussion on incentives and policy initiatives to restore wetlands/peatlands
Learning outcomes and competencies:
At the end of the course, the participants will be able to:
- have a better awareness of the ecological functionality of wetlands and their role in mitigating climate change
- have an overall of the current wetland mapping technology
- describe wetland soil and hydrology characteristics
- understand interactions of biogeochemical processes in wetlands,
- describe the impact of wetlands on nutrient cycling in agricultural catchments,
- understand different wetland systems, their applicability, and limitations,
- use different methods to measure greenhouse gas fluxes,
- discuss peatland trade-offs and controversies, and policy initiatives.
Name of lecturers:
- Shubiao Wu, Associate Professor. Department of Agroecology, Aarhus University.
Responsible for wetland biogeochemical processes
- Mogens H. Greve, Senior Scientist. Department of Agroecology, Aarhus University. Responsible for wetland soil characterization and digital mapping
- Bo V. Iversen, Associate Professor. Department of Agroecology, Aarhus University. Responsible for hydrology in wetlands
- Poul Erik Lærke, Senior Researcher, Department of Agroecology, Aarhus University. Responsible for wetland GHGs emissions and biomass production
- Lorenzo Pugliese, Academic employee, Department of Agroecology, Aarhus University. Responsible for nutrient transport and modeling in wetland soil. He will also supervise lab tracer experiments and field trips
- Johannes W.M. (Jeroen) Pullens, Researcher, Department of Agroecology, Aarhus University. Responsible for different methods to measure greenhouse gas fluxes.
- Claudia Nielsen, Postdoc, Department of Agroecology, Aarhus University. Responsible for peatland trade-offs and controversies.
- A few international experts will be invited.
Type of course/teaching methods:
Lectures, exercises, group work, lab and field trip, final assignment
Classwork - satisfactory participation in the course; Group work and oral presentation. Prior to the course, each participant should prepare one slide PPT to introduce their research.
Department of Agroecology, Aarhus University, Blichers Allé 20, Postboks 50, DK-8830 Tjele
Special comments on this course:
The course fee is 600 Euro.
4-9 September 2023
Meeting room #2, AU, Campus Foulum, and the agricultural catchment wetlands of Denmark
The deadline for registration is 30 May 2023. Admission information will be sent out no later than 30 June 2023.
Use this link for registration and payment https://events.au.dk/wetlands2023/signup.
If you have any questions, please contact Shubiao Wu, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org