Alpine Biodiversity and Climatic Change 4502
The aim of this course is to give the students an increased knowledge about variation in biological diversity of alpine ecosystems in Scandinavia. Different methods for sampling and measurement of biodiversity data will be presented, and examples of how variation in diversity relate to environmental variables will be given both from Scandinavia and from different parts of the world. Global warming as a result of increased CO2-level in the atmosphere will have major consequences for the alpine ecosystems, and one may expect major changes in the biological diversity both at a local scale and at a broader scale. The course will present possible effects for both plants and animals as a result of the predicted climatic models.
The following topics will be covered:
· Present climate and temperature measurements
· Models of global climatic change
· Holocene vegetation and climate history
· Relation between forest limits and climate
· Phenology as an indicator of climatic change
· Ecological changes in alpine areas as a result of climatic change
· Methods in biodiversity research
· Measurement of biodiversity
· Variation in alpine biodiversity in relation to environmental variables
· Gradients in alpine plant diversity
· Changes in species richness and distribution patterns as a result recent of climatic change
Lectures, excursions, laboratory courses, seminars with student presentations and mandatory reports. The excursions and laboratory courses are mandatory.
36 h lectures, 1 days excursions, 15 h laboratory work.
Group project (report), 25%; individual, written 4-hour final examination 75%
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Publisert av / forfatter Arvid Odland <Arvid.OdlandSPAMFILTER@hit.no> - 16.11.2010