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[Met-jobs] Winter School: Interactions between terrestrial ecosystems, climate and society

From "Pugh, Thomas Alan Miller (IMK)" <>
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Date Thu, 23 Oct 2014 21:20:54 +0200

Winter School announcement:


Putting People on the Land.

Introducing the interactions between terrestrial ecosystems,

climate and society

Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research (KIT/IMK-IFU),

Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

March 3-6, 2015


The terrestrial biosphere forms the interface between the atmosphere and much of

the Earth’s land surface; it mediates the carbon, nitrogen and hydrological cycles,

and profoundly influences the surface energy balance. Thus, the biosphere exerts a

substantial control on both local and global climate, particularly through its sequestration

of anthropogenic carbon emissions. It also performs a wide range of other

services such as the provision of food and raw materials, removal of air pollutants

and suppression of pests and diseases. However, the composition and performance

of the biosphere is greatly influenced by human-induced alteration of the climate

and atmospheric composition, whilst anthropogenic land-use change has completely

transformed ecosystems and their interactions with the surrounding Earth



This course aims to give a broad overview of the role of the terrestrial biosphere in

the Earth system, with a strong focus on anthropogenic land-use change and management,

and their implications. The course consists of lectures and model-based

practical sessions. It is especially aimed at those new to the field, although more

experienced reseachers are welcome. The venue will be the beautiful town (and ski resort!)

of Garmisch-Partenkirchen in Germany. More information about the course can be found



To apply please send a motivation letter (max. 1 page), a CV and a recommendation

letter from your supervisor or mentor to the MICMoR Coordination Office at by Monday, 24th November 2014. Successful applicants will

be notified by 15th December. There is a course fee of € 60. Participants are

responsible for their own travel and accommodation costs



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