Mathieu Lévesque: Catalogue data in Autumn Semester 2019

Name Dr. Mathieu Lévesque
Gruppe Waldbau
ETH Zürich, CHN G 77
Universitätstrasse 16
8092 Zürich
Telephone+41 44 632 52 08
DepartmentEnvironmental Systems Science

701-0559-00LSeminar for Bachelor Students: Forest and Landscape3 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.
701-1635-00LMultifunctional Forest Management Information 5 credits2GM. Lévesque, S. Zimmermann
AbstractForests provide a variety of ecosystem goods and services. Multifunctional management attempts to control natural processes in a sustainable and near-natural way so that various requirements from the society can be met. Adaptivity to changing conditions (global changes), handling of conflicting goals and the development of alternative management strategies are of central importance.
- know strategies and solutions for the management of multifunctional forests;
- are familiar with different social expectations towards forest functions and their implications for forest management and understand the requirements to meet the different expectations;
- can derive conflicts and synergies resulting from different forest functions;
- understand the differences between natural and managed forests and their effects on biodiversity, carbon storage and recreation;
- are familiar with forest management and silvicultural strategies to enhance the resilience of forests to climate change, increased disturbances and invasive species.
ContentForest management in a changing world.
Identification of social needs for the multi-dimensional ecosystem goods and services and their transformation into detailed objectives regarding ecosystem functions, structures and processes.
Identification of critical, relevant processes and ecosystem conditions for the different objectives.
Development of management options and strategies and assessement of their effects on ecosystem goods and services.
Requirements for modern, multifunctional forest management from a Swiss and European perspective - strategies and possible solutions.
Lecture notesNo class notes or text books
Lecture presentations are available for download
LiteratureReading assignments are given in class
A bibliography of cited literature will be available
Prerequisites / NoticeCourse language is English. Prerequisites: Sufficient English language skills

In addition to the lectures, students need to attend 4 all-day field excursions.
Topics: Forest management and climate change, Near natural and efficient tending concepts; Soil protection and forest management; Continuous cover forestry.

Participation at all 4 full-day excursions is a prerequisite for the credits.
Excursions are held in English and German (some basic German knowledge is good to have).
Preliminary excursion dates (2019) : Saturday 5 October, Tuesday 15 October, Friday 1 November, Saturday 9 November.

Additional field excursions focusing on the Swiss femelschlag system, the Plenter- and other irregular systems will be offered during spring term in an optional course named "AK des multifunktionalen Waldmanagements". 9 days of field trips will provide the possibility to consolidate theoretical knowledge, to apply it to real examples in the field, to discuss and further consolidate what has been taught in this class. The additional course is an important part of the overall formation on forest management and is highly recommended.