Harald Bugmann: Catalogue data in Autumn Semester 2020

Name Prof. Dr. Harald Bugmann
Inst. f. Terrestrische Oekosysteme
ETH Zürich, CHN G 76.1
Universitätstrasse 16
8092 Zürich
Telephone+41 44 632 32 39
Fax+41 44 632 13 58
DepartmentEnvironmental Systems Science
RelationshipFull Professor

701-0029-00LEnvironmental Systems II3 credits2VA. Patt, H. Bugmann, N. Gruber
AbstractThe lecture provides a science-based exploration of three important environmental systems: Inland waters, forest, and of food systems.
ObjectiveThe students are able to explain important functions of the three environmental systems, to discuss critical drivers, trends and conflicts of their use and to compare potential solutions.
ContentAquatic ecosystems and their function, water use and its impact, water pollution and water treatment, water and health, water technologies, water & energy.

Forests and agroforest systems, trends and drivers of land use changes, sustainable forest management.

The main functions, trends and challenges of agricultural and food systems are discussed based on the four dimensions of food security (availability, access, utilization of food and stability of the food systems).
Lecture notesLecture notes or other documentation are provided by instructors and accessible via moodle.
701-0559-00LSeminar for Bachelor Students: Forest and Landscape Information 3 credits2SH. Bugmann, M. Lévesque, E. Lieberherr
AbstractInterdisciplinary seminar on forest and landscape issues with particular emphasis on the key processes shaping the development of forest ecosystems and landscapes.
Objective- To analyze scientific original articles and other complex materials critically and to present the results in an understandable way.
- To understand selected processes, cases and methods related to forest and landscape issues.
- To be able to analyze problems related to forest ecosystems and landscape from the viewpoint of various disciplines.
ContentBiological, ecological, physical and technical processes with impacts on the community, ecosystem and landscape scale. Social processes and institutions with relation to land use. Products and services of forest ecosystems and landscapes. Forest management systems. The contributions will be organized around topical clusters.
Lecture notesNo script available.
LiteratureLiterature references will be provided by the lecturers.
Prerequisites / NoticeThe credits are assigned if the following requirements are met

a) independent literature research on the topic and use of these references for the presentation
b) oral presentation of the topic (15-20 min + discussion)
c) assessment of another topic ("Korreferat", 5 min, will be assigned)

The presentations can be made in German or English.
We expect a regular and active participation.
701-0561-00LForest Ecology Information 3 credits2VH. Bugmann
AbstractThis course conveys the basics of forest ecology with an emphasis on trees as those organisms that dominate the physiognomy and the dynamics of forest ecosystems. Based on this course, students have a good grasp of the qualitative and quantitative importance of forest ecosystems at the global and regional scales, with a focus on central Europe.
ObjectiveStudents are able to
- summarize the fundamentals of forest ecology at the autecological, demecological and synecological level
- explain how trees dominate the physiognomy and dynamics of forest ecosystems
- describe the qualitative and quantitative importance of forest ecosystems at the global and regional scales, with an emphasis on central Europe and Alpine region.
ContentIntroduction and overview of the forests of the world
Forest ecosystem ecology: Production ecology of forests
Autecology: light, temperature, wind, water, and nutrients
Demecology: regeneration ecology, forest growth, mortality
Synecology: fundamentals of trophic interactions (forest-ungulate interactions), succession
Lecture notesHandouts (mixture of overhead slides and full text chapters) are sold at cost
Relevant chapters from textbooks will be indicated.
LiteratureKimmins, J.P., 2004. Forest Ecology. Third ed., Pearson-Prentice Hall
Prerequisites / NoticeThe contents of the following courses of the 2nd year of the USYS BSc are required:

Pedosphere, Hydrosphere, Fundamentals of biology and ecology, Introduction to dendrology (knowledge of European tree species).
701-1677-00LQuantitative Vegetation Dynamics: Models from Tree to Globe Information 3 credits3GH. Bugmann, H. Lischke, B. Rohner
AbstractThis course provides hands-on experience with models of vegetation dynamics across temporal and spatial scales. The underlying principles, assets and trade-offs of the different approaches are introduced, and students work in a number of small projects with these models to gain first-hand experience.
ObjectiveStudents will
- be able to understand, assess and evaluate the fundamental properties of dynamic systems using vegetation models as case studies
- obtain an overview of dynamic modelling techniques from the individual plant to the global level
- understand the basic assumptions of the various model types, which dictate the skill and limitations of the respective model
- be able to work with such model types on their own
- appreciate the methodological basis for impact assessments of future climate change and other environmental changes on ecosystems.
ContentModels of individuals
- Deriving single-plant models from inventory measurements
- Plant models based on 'first principles'

Models at the stand scale
- Simple approaches: matrix models
- Competition for light and other resources as central mechanisms
- Individual-based stand models: distance-dependent and distance-independent

Models at the landscape scale
- Simple approaches: cellular automata
- Dispersal and disturbances (windthrow, fire, bark beetles) as key mechanisms
- Landscape models

Global models
- Sacrificing local detail to attain global coverage: processes and entities
- Dynamic Global Vegetation Models (DGVMs)
- DGVMs as components of Earth System Models
Lecture notesHandouts will be available in the course and for download
LiteratureWill be indicated at the beginning of the course
Prerequisites / Notice- Basic training in modelling and systems analysis
- Good knowledge of general ecology, vegetation dynamics, and forest systems
701-1691-00LColloquium Forest and Landscape Management0 credits1.5KH. Bugmann
AbstractThis course is geared towards outreach and dissemination of research results to Swiss forest practitioners. As a rule, it is run in German, in some cases in French, and as an exception in English.
ObjectiveExchange platform between forest science and forest practitioners, geared towards Swiss stakeholders
Lecture notesN/A
Literaturewird angegeben, so weit sinnvoll