Alpine Biodiversity and Climatic Change 4502


After completing the course, the students should have the following qualification regarding knowledge, skills, and general competence:

  • Have knowledge about how biodiversity and species richness can be quantified
  • Have knowledge about variation of species richness in Scandinavian mountains
  • Be able to quantify relationships between species richness and measured environmental and variables
  • Be able to perform numerical analyses of vegetation data
  • Be able to interpret results of ordination analyses
  • Be able to use plants as environmental variables by the use of plant indicator values


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 climate change
  • Ecological changes in alpine areas as a result of climate change
  • Methods in biodiversity research
  • Measurement of biodiversity
  • Variation in alpine biodiversity in relation to environmental variables
  • Gradients in alpine plant diversity
  • Use of numerical methods in vegetation ecology
  • Changes in species richness and distribution patterns as a result recent of climate change

Arbeids- og læringsformer

Lectures, computing courses, seminars with student presentations and a mandatory report (essay). The computing courses are mandatory.

36 h lectures, 20 h with computing exercises.


Group project (report), 25%; individual, written 4-hour final examination 75%

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Publisert av / forfatter Arvid Odland <>, sist oppdatert av Anette Norheim Fredly - 17.12.2014