## Nicolas Gruber: Catalogue data in Autumn Semester 2017 |

Name | Prof. Dr. Nicolas Gruber |

Field | Umweltphysik |

Address | I. f. Biogeochemie/Schadstoffdyn. ETH Zürich, CHN E 31.2 Universitätstrasse 16 8092 Zürich SWITZERLAND |

Telephone | +41 44 632 03 52 |

Fax | +41 44 632 16 91 |

nicolas.gruber@env.ethz.ch | |

URL | http://www.up.ethz.ch/people/person-detail.html?persid=45838 |

Department | Environmental Systems Science |

Relationship | Full Professor |

Number | Title | ECTS | Hours | Lecturers | |
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651-4095-01L | Colloquium Atmosphere and Climate 1 | 1 credit | 1K | H. Joos, C. Schär, D. N. Bresch, E. Fischer, N. Gruber, R. Knutti, U. Lohmann, T. Peter, S. I. Seneviratne, H. Wernli, M. Wild | |

Abstract | The colloquium is a series of scientific talks by prominent invited speakers assembling interested students and researchers from around Zürich. Students take part of the scientific discussions. | ||||

Objective | The students are exposed to different atmospheric science topics and learn how to take part in scientific discussions. | ||||

651-4095-02L | Colloquium Atmosphere and Climate 2 | 1 credit | 1K | H. Joos, C. Schär, D. N. Bresch, E. Fischer, N. Gruber, R. Knutti, U. Lohmann, T. Peter, S. I. Seneviratne, H. Wernli, M. Wild | |

Abstract | The colloquium is a series of scientific talks by prominent invited speakers assembling interested students and researchers from around Zürich. Students take part of the scientific discussions. | ||||

Objective | The students are exposed to different atmospheric science topics and learn how to take part in scientific discussions. | ||||

651-4095-03L | Colloquium Atmosphere and Climate 3 | 1 credit | 1K | H. Joos, C. Schär, D. N. Bresch, E. Fischer, N. Gruber, R. Knutti, U. Lohmann, T. Peter, S. I. Seneviratne, H. Wernli, M. Wild | |

Abstract | The colloquium is a series of scientific talks by prominent invited speakers assembling interested students and researchers from around Zürich. Students take part of the scientific discussions. | ||||

Objective | The students are exposed to different atmospheric science topics and learn how to take part in scientific discussions. | ||||

701-0033-00L | Laboratory Course in Physics for Students of Environmental Sciences | 2 credits | 4P | M. Münnich, A. Biland, N. Gruber | |

Abstract | The course provides an individual experience of physical phenomena and the basic principles of experiments. By carrying out simple physical experiments the students learn the proper use measuring instruments, the correct evaluation of report of the measured data and how to interpret the final results. | ||||

Objective | This laboratory course aims to provide basic knowledge of - the setup of a physics experiment, - the use of measurement instruments, - various measuring techniques, - the analysis or measurement errors, - and the interpretations of the measured quantities. | ||||

Content | The students select 8 out of 20 experiments which they like to conduct. For each of these experiments the students will analyze the data they measure estimate the error of there measurements and compare these with the physical theory. | ||||

Lecture notes | Manuals for the experiments are provided online on the Moodle pages of the course. | ||||

701-0071-AAL | Mathematics III: Systems AnalysisEnrolment ONLY for MSc students with a decree declaring this course unit as an additional admission requirement. Any other students (e.g. incoming exchange students, doctoral students) CANNOT enrol for this course unit. | 4 credits | 9R | N. Gruber | |

Abstract | The objective of the systems analysis course is to deepen and illustrate the mathematical concepts on the basis of a series of very concrete examples. Topics covered include: linear box models with one or several variables, non-linear box models with one or several variables, time-discrete models, and continuous models in time and space. | ||||

Objective | Learning and applying of concepts (models) and quantitative methods to address concrete problems of environmental relevance. Understanding and applying the systems-analytic approach, i.e., Recognizing the core of the problem - simplification - quantitative approach - prediction. | ||||

Content | http://www.up.ethz.ch/education/systems-analysis.html | ||||

Lecture notes | Overhead slides will be made available through Ilias. | ||||

Literature | Imboden, D.S. and S. Pfenninger (2013) Introduction to Systems Analysis: Mathematically Modeling Natural Systems. Berlin Heidelberg: Springer Verlag. http://link.springer.com/book/10.1007%2F978-3-642-30639-6 | ||||

701-0071-00L | Mathematics III: Systems Analysis | 4 credits | 2V + 1U | N. Gruber, M. Vogt | |

Abstract | The objective of the systems analysis course is to deepen and illustrate the mathematical concepts on the basis of a series of very concrete examples. Topics covered include: linear box models with one or several variables, non-linear box models with one or several variables, time-discrete models, and continuous models in time and space. | ||||

Objective | Learning and applying of concepts (models) and quantitative methods to address concrete problems of environmental relevance. Understanding and applying the systems-analytic approach, i.e., Recognizing the core of the problem - simplification - quantitative approach - prediction. | ||||

Content | http://www.up.ethz.ch/education/systems-analysis.html | ||||

Lecture notes | Overhead slides will be made available through Ilias. | ||||

Literature | Imboden, D.S. and S. Pfenninger (2013) Introduction to Systems Analysis: Mathematically Modeling Natural Systems. Berlin Heidelberg: Springer Verlag. http://link.springer.com/book/10.1007%2F978-3-642-30639-6 | ||||

701-1302-00L | Term Paper 2: SeminarPrerequisite: Term Paper 1: Writing (701-1303-00L). | 2 credits | 1S | M. Ackermann, L. Winkel, N. Gruber, J. Hering, R. Kretzschmar, M. Lever, K. McNeill, D. Or, M. H. Schroth, B. Wehrli | |

Abstract | This class is the 2nd part of a series and participation is conditional on the successful completion of the Term paper Writing class (701-1303-00L). The results from the term paper written during the winter term are presented to the other students and advisors and discussed. | ||||

Objective | The goal of the term paper Seminars is to train the student's ability to communicate the results to a wider audience and the ability to respond to questions and comments. | ||||

Content | Each student presents the results of the term paper to the other students and advisors and responds to questions and comments from the audience. | ||||

Lecture notes | None | ||||

Literature | Term paper | ||||

Prerequisites / Notice | The term papers will be made publically available after each student had the opportunity to make revisions. There is no final exam. Grade is assigned based on the quality of the presentation and ensuing discussion. | ||||

701-1303-00L | Term Paper 1: Writing | 5 credits | 6A | L. Winkel, N. Gruber, J. Hering, R. Kretzschmar, M. Lever, K. McNeill, D. Or, B. Wehrli | |

Abstract | The ability to critically evaluate original (scientific) literature and to summarize the information in a succinct manner is an important skill for any student. This course aims to practise this ability, requiring each student to write a term paper on a topic of relevance for research in the areas of Biogeochemistry and Pollutant Dynamics. | ||||

Objective | The goal of the term paper is to train the student's ability to critically evaluate a well-defined set of research subjects, and to summarize the findings concisely in a paper of scientific quality. The paper will be evaluated based on its ability to communicate an understanding of a topic, and to identify key outstanding questions. Results from this term paper will be presented to the fellow students and involved faculty in the following term (Term paper seminars class) | ||||

Content | Each student is expected to write a paper with a length of approximately 15 pages. The students can choose from a list of topics prepared by the supervisors, but the final topic will be determined based on a balance of choice and availability. The students will be guided and advised by their advisors throughout the term. The paper itself should contain the following elements: Motivation and context of the given topic (25%), Concise presentation of the state of the science (50%), Identification of open questions and perhaps outline of opportunities for research (25). In addition, the accurate use of citations, attribution of ideas, and the judicious use of figures, tables, equations and references are critical components of a successful paper. Specialized knowledge is not expected, nor required, neither is new research. | ||||

Lecture notes | Guidelines and supplementary material will be handed out at the beginning of the class. | ||||

Literature | Will be identified based on the chosen topic. | ||||

Prerequisites / Notice | Each term paper will be reviewed by one fellow student and one faculty. The submission of a written review is a prerequisite for obtaining the credit points. There is no final exam. Grade is assigned based on the quality of the term paper and the submission of another student's review. Students are expected to take Term Paper Writing and Term Paper Seminar classes in sequence. | ||||

701-1346-00L | Carbon Mitigation | 3 credits | 2G | N. Gruber | |

Abstract | Future climate change can only kept within reasonable bounds when CO2 emissions are drastically reduced. In this course, we will discuss a portfolio of options involving the alteration of natural carbon sinks and carbon sequestration. The course includes introductory lectures, presentations from guest speakers from industry and the public sector, and final presentations by the students. | ||||

Objective | The goal of this course is to investigate, as a group, a particular set of carbon mitigation/sequestration options and to evaluate their potential, their cost, and their consequences. | ||||

Content | From the large number of carbon sequestration/mitigation options, a few options will be selected and then investigated in detail by the students. The results of this research will then be presented to the other students, the involved faculty, and discussed in detail by the whole group. | ||||

Lecture notes | None | ||||

Literature | Will be identified based on the chosen topic. | ||||

Prerequisites / Notice | Exam: No final exam. Pass/No-Pass is assigned based on the quality of the presentation and ensuing discussion. | ||||

701-1901-AAL | Systems AnalysisEnrolment ONLY for MSc students with a decree declaring this course unit as an additional admission requirement. Any other students (e.g. incoming exchange students, doctoral students) CANNOT enrol for this course unit. | 4 credits | 9R | N. Gruber | |

Abstract | Systems analysis is about the application of mathematical concepts to solve real world problems in a quantitative manner. Areas covered include: Dynamic linear models with one and several variables, Non-linear models with one or several variables; discrete-time models; and continuous models in space and time. | ||||

Objective | The goal of the course is to develop quantitative skills in order to understand and solve a range of typical environmental problems. | ||||

Content | The subject of the exam is the content of my undergraduate lecture series Systemanalyse I and II (see http://www.up.ethz.ch/education/system_analysis/index_DE). This course is closely aligned with the Imboden&Koch / Imboden&Pfenniger books, except that I essentially skip chapter 7. | ||||

Lecture notes | No script is available, but you can purchase the Imboden/Koch or Imboden/Pfenniger books (or download some of the chapters yourself) through the Springer Verlag: English version: http://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-642-30639-6/page/1 German version: http://www.springer.com/environment/book/978-3-540-43935-6 |