- Student can give a critical vision on the management of ecosystems
- Student is able to formulate restoration and management measures to compensate environmental effects in various ecosystem types
- Student can enumerate critical factors which make the restoration measures a success or a failure
Students who want to attend this course, should be familiar with basic concepts of biogeochemistry and ecology.
Nature management and restoration has, to a large extent, been based on a trial and error approach. In the present course we will show, for a large variety of ecosystem types, why an approach based on biogeochemical research is vital for ecosystem management and restoration.This method, focusing on biogeochemical and ecological key factors and key processes, provides insight into the actual causal relationships between environmental changes and ecosystem responses. In addition, it indicates the target processes for restoration and conservation of biodiversity, and thereby enables scientists and nature managers to predict restoration prospects for locations that differ with respect to their initial conditions.