Effects of Climate Change on Vegetation in Northern Ecosystems

The Effects of Climate Change on Vegetation in Northern Ecosystems course's aim is to obtain a good overview of the possible effects of climate change on Northern Ecosystems and acquire experimental & data analysis methods to analyse the effects of climate change. Analysis of the impacts of climate change will focus on drought effects.


The aim of this summer school course (5 ECTS) is to obtain a good overview of the possible effects of climate change on Northern Ecosystems and acquire experimental & data analysis methods to analyse the effects of climate change. Analysis of the impacts of climate change will focus on drought effects. During the course students will also improve their presentation, writing, group working and statistical analysis skills. The course contains four different themes:

- Nature of climate change: Climate change prediction, Assession of climate change data from databases, problems of climate prediction models.
- Climate Change effects on northern Ecosystems (phenology, effects of temperature increases, effects of drought, effects on carbon balance)
- Measuring the impact of drought on ecosystem processes: Effects of the 2010 and 2018 drought on ecosystem processes using tree rings and remote sensing, effects of drought on trees (spectral responses, photosynthesis etc.), effects on soil processes (soil respiration)
- Societal implications of climate change in forestry and agriculture

The course will be based on a collection of peer-reviewed publications. Lectures, group work and other exercises and demonstration methods are used as modes of study.

Course details

Academic level(s)Master, PhD
CountryFinland
Language of instructionEnglish
InstitutionUniversity of Eastern Finland
Begin date10.08.2020
End date21.08.2020
Registration deadline15.06.2020
ECTS credits5.0
Field schoolYes
Fields of studyBiology and biochemistryEnvironmental science
Teaching placeJoensuu
Tagsclimateclimate changesummer schoolecosystem
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