Terrestrial Biogeochemistry

In this module we will analyze processes and reactions taking place at the interface of the Biosphere, Lithosphere, Hydrosphere and Atmosphere. We will focus on the following themes: principles and tools (element ratios, mass balance, and element cycling); Biogeochemical reactions in the atmosphere; rock weathering and soil development; net primary production and its fate; Biogeochemical cycling in land plants and soil; Biogeochemistry of terrestrial wetlands. This will be the basis for the understanding the role of biochemistry in Global Change processes. The module includes lectures, field/laboratory work, data analyses and interpretation.