This course is about understanding plants and ecosystems´ response to main environmental drivers such as light, temperature, moisture, and CO2 concentration. Understanding how ecosystems can mitigate climate change requires in-depth knowledge about ecophysiological processes such as photosynthesis, transpiration, respiration, and allocation, that control the exchange of greenhouse gases (CO2, water vapor) between the ecosystems and the atmosphere.
Students will learn about impact of environmental factors as well as plant internal drivers on ecosystem productivity, yield, and water use. In addition, they will learn how plants and ecosystems respond when exposed to a range of stress factors (e.g., drought, heat), using well-established theories and latest experimental studies. The fundamental understanding learnt is this course can be used for improving agricultural management, increasing sustainable food production, and designing forest management plans that are climate-smart and effective in mitigating global warming.
Handouts will be provided on Learnweb
Concepts and theories, Analytical and problem-solving competencies, Ecophysiological technologies and observation methods