Sebastian Dötterl: Catalogue data in Autumn Semester 2020

Name Prof. Dr. Sebastian Dötterl
Name variantsSebastian Doetterl
Sebastian Dötterl
FieldSoil Ressources
Address
Professur für Bodenressourcen
ETH Zürich, CHN F 31.1
Universitätstrasse 16
8092 Zürich
SWITZERLAND
Telephone+41 44 633 60 20
E-mailsdoetterl@usys.ethz.ch
URLhttps://soilres.ethz.ch/
DepartmentEnvironmental Systems Science
RelationshipAssistant Professor (Tenure Track)

NumberTitleECTSHoursLecturers
061-0101-00LClimate / Water / Soil Information Restricted registration - show details
Only for Landscape Architecture MSc.
Course languages are English and German.
2 credits3GH. Joos, R. Kretzschmar, R. Weingartner, N. Bluvshtein, E. L. Davin, S. Dötterl, A. Frossard, T. Galí-Izard, R. Knutti, P. U. Lehmann Grunder, T. Peter, S. Schemm, J. Schwaab, C. Steger, H. Wernli
AbstractLectures, exercises and excursions serve as an introduction to atmospheric sciences, hydrology and soil science. Students gain a broad vision of the cutting edge topics that are being researched and studied at the Department of Environmental Systems Science at ETH, Eawag, WSL a.o. This will be the base for a future dialog between the field of landscape architecture and the field of sciences.
ObjectiveStudents acquire basic knowledge in atmospheric sciences, hydrology and soil science:
- Understanding basic chemical and physical processes in the atmosphere that influence weather and climate
- Knowledge of water balance, principles of integral water management and climatic factors in the field of hydrology
- Fundamentals about the classification of soils, soil-forming processes, physical and chemical soil properties, soil biology and ecology, soil degradation and protection

Students develop an understanding of the relevance of these topics in the field of landscape architecture. Temporal and physical scale, research methods, units of measurement, lexicon, modes of representation and critical literature form the framework for the joint discourse. Students will develop a graphic language in order to integrate this knowledge into design.
ContentThe course unit consists of the three courses "Climate", "Water" and "Soil", which are organized in modules.

Module 1 “Climate”, 14.–18.09.2020
- Atmospheric dynamics: weather conditions, precipitation formation, weather forecast
- Climate physics: past and future changes in global climate and scenarios for Switzerland
- Land-climate dynamics: interaction between the land surface and the climate system
- Hydrology and water cycle: extreme precipitation, influence of climate change on the cryosphere
- Atmospheric chemistry: aerosols, greenhouse gases, air pollution

Module 2 “Water”, 21.–25.09.2020
- Water balance: theoretical fundamentals; water balance; central importance of runoff; blue, green and grey water
- Water as a resource: Switzerland's water resources, water supply, hydropower use
- Water as a hazard and risk: floods, flood protection, urban drainage
- Water protection: qualitative and quantitative water protection, water and landscape
- Water and climate change: basics, situation in Switzerland with focus on the Alpine region

Module 3 “Soil”, 28.09.–2.10.20
- Introduction to soils: definition, function, formation, classification and mapping
- Soil physics: soil texture, soil structure, soil water potentials, hydraulic conductivity
- Soil chemistry and fertility: clay minerals and oxides, cation exange capacity, soil pH, essential plant nutrients
- Soil biology and ecology: soil fauna and microflora, fungi, bacteria, food web, organic matter
- Soil degradation and threats to soil resources: erosion, compactation, sealing, contamination, salinization
- Practical aspects of soil protection
Lecture notesCourse material will be provided.
LiteratureThe course material includes a reading list.
Prerequisites / NoticeThe courses "Climate", "Water" and "Soil" are organized with the Fundamental Studio I as joint one-week modules. The weekly schedules will be provided with the course materials.

Module 1 "Climate", 14-18.09.2020
Module 2 "Water", 21-25.09.2020
Module 3 "Soil", 28.09.-2.10.20

- The courses are held in English or German.
- The written session examination covers all three courses "Climate", "Water" and "Soil".
- During the excursions there will be at least one external overnight stay.