Johan Six: Catalogue data in Spring Semester 2020

Name Prof. Dr. Johan Six
FieldSustainable Agroecosystems
Institut für Agrarwissenschaften
ETH Zürich, LFH B 1
Universitätstrasse 2
8092 Zürich
Telephone+41 44 632 84 83
DepartmentEnvironmental Systems Science
RelationshipFull Professor

751-5000-00LSustainable Agroecosystems I Restricted registration - show details 2 credits2GJ. Six, M. Hartmann, A. Hofmann, C. Schöb
AbstractThis lecture with integrated exercises and farm visit introduces the factors, processes and interactions that control the functioning of temperate and tropical agroecosystems. Students will be guided to critically examine agricultural practices and management strategies to increase resource use efficiency, while minimizing negative impacts on the environment and ensuring socio-economic viability.
ObjectiveStudents critically analyze concepts of sustainable agriculture.
LiteratureGliessman, S.R. (2015) Agroecology: The ecology of sustainable food systems, CRC Press, 371 p.
Prerequisites / NoticeThe integrated exercises allow students to put their knowledge into practice in a greenhouse experiment, the "Complex vegetable system challenge".
751-5102-00LBiogeochemical Modeling of Agroecosystems
Does not take place this semester.
3 credits2GJ. Six
AbstractThis class provides an introduction to biogeochemical modeling in the context of agricultural systems. It covers the general background and principles of modeling agricultural biogeochemistry (e.g., plant growth and development, soil C and N dynamics and soil greenhouse gas emissions).
ObjectiveThe aim of the class is to increase students' awareness of how important biogeochemical models are in environmental and ecological assessments of various agroecosystems. The focus is on the understanding of the DayCent model and its site level application, including model calibration, evaluation, and sensitivity/uncertainty analysis.
ContentThe class consists of lectures and modeling exercises and covers both the theoretical background and practical application of the DayCent model to agroecosystems.
LiteratureVideo tutorials:
Prerequisites / NoticeStudents signing up for this course should have a strong interest in data analysis and modeling of agroecosystem processes. Please note that the assignments will each require approximately 60 minutes preparation time.