|Module title||Global Warming And Ecosystems|
|Module lecturer||Prof. UAM dr hab. Piotr Kołaczek, Prof. dr hab. Mariusz Lamentowicz|
|Lecturer position||lecturer (P.K.), professor (M. L.)|
|Faculty||Faculty of Geographical and Geological Sciences|
Module aim (aims)
• Explanation causes and indicators of natural and human-induced climate changes• Revealing diverse impact of global warming on different types of ecosystems• Presentation responses of various organisms to global warming • Explanation societal challenges considering global to local environmental protection issues connected with the recent climate warming• Presentation different types of modern research including global change experiments to understand the future response of various ecosystems to climate change with a special focus on global warming• Presentation response of functional diversity of various ecosystems• Explanation past natural and anthropogenic greenhouse gasses (GHG) emissions and predictions for the future
Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)
Basic knowledge considering ecology and climatology
Recent centuries brought big scale changes for ecosystems related to human activity. The most striking example is global warming which became one of the most discussed issues linked to human impact on the Earth. In this course, we would like to present the causes and effects of global warming and other climatic phenomena related to this warming and compare it with naturally forced climate changes in the past. The linkage to the history of relationships between climate and ecosystems will be an important platform to explain the influence of modern global climate changes on the Earth’s ecosystems from a single organism to the biomes. The practical part of our course will be the visit to sites where field experiments considered the influence of the projected future warming on peatlands of the temperate zone. The students will have unique opportunity to see field experimental sites, with sophisticated equipment, in protected peatland areas.
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