701-0362-00L  Soils and Vegetation of the Alps (Excursion)

SemesterSpring Semester 2020
LecturersA. Widmer, R. Kretzschmar
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionGerman
CommentDiese Exkursion (max. 24 Plätze) gehört zur Vorlesung «Flora und Vegetation der Alpen» (701-0364-00; A. Widmer). Sie kann nur gleichzeitig mit der Vorlesung oder nach bestandener Prüfung belegt werden. Alternativ ist eine Teilnahme möglich mit bestandenen Prüfungen in «Bodenchemie» (701-0533-00L; R. Kretzschmar, D.I. Christl) und «Pedosphäre» (701-0501-00L; R. Kretzschmar).



Courses

NumberTitleHoursLecturers
701-0362-00 PBöden und Vegetation der Alpen (Exkursion)
Permission from lecturers required for all students.
Diese Exkursion gehört zur Vorlesung «Flora und Vegetation der Alpen» (701-0364-00; A. Widmer). Sie kann nur gleichzeitig mit der Vorlesung oder nach bestandener Prüfung belegt werden. Alternativ ist eine Teilnahme möglich mit bestandenen Prüfungen in «Bodenchemie» (701-0533-00L; R. Kretzschmar, D.I. Christl) und «Pedosphäre» (701-0501-00L; R. Kretzschmar).
2 hrsA. Widmer, R. Kretzschmar

Catalogue data

AbstractThe excursion in the area of Davos illustrates how climatic and edaphic factors shape the distribution of alpine plants. Visits of multiple sites on different bedrocks in the subalpine and alpine elevational belts reveal connections between climatic conditions, soil formation and vegetation development.
ObjectiveThe students
- understand how parent rock, topography, climate, and vegetation influence soil forming processes and resulting soil properties (e.g. nutrients, water) in the Alps.
- understand, how climatic and edaphic factors affect the occurrence and distribution of alpine plants.
- are familiar with characteristic plant communities on acidic, basic and ultramafic bedrock in the subalpine and alpine elevational belts.
- know characteristic plant species and plant communities of the subalpine and alpine elevational belts in the Alps.
Content4-day excursion in the area of Davos with visits of sites on different bedrock (dolomite, gneiss/mica schist, amphibolite, serpentinite) in the subalpine and alpine elevational belts.
Structure, development and characteristics of the soils and of their effects on the vegetation; characteristic plant species and communities on different soil types.
Lecture notesA guide to the excursion will be made available.
LiteratureLandolt E. 2003: Unsere Alpenflora. 7.Aufl., SAC-Verlag.
Prerequisites / NoticePlease note that this course will be taught in German.

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits2 credits
ExaminersA. Widmer, R. Kretzschmar
Typeungraded semester performance
Language of examinationGerman
RepetitionRepetition only possible after re-enrolling for the course unit.
Additional information on mode of examinationMoodle-Test

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Restrictions

GeneralPermission from lecturers required for all students
Places24 at the most
PriorityRegistration for the course unit is only possible for the primary target group
Primary target groupBiology MSc (562000)
Environmental Sciences BSc (727000)
Environmental Sciences MSc (736000)
Agricultural Sciences MSc (762000)
Waiting listuntil 30.04.2020

Offered in

ProgrammeSectionType
Biology MasterElective Compulsory Master CoursesWInformation
Environmental Sciences BachelorSoil SciencesWInformation
Environmental Sciences BachelorEcology and Conservation BiologyWInformation
Environmental Sciences BachelorSoil SciencesWInformation
Environmental Sciences BachelorEcology and Conservation BiologyWInformation
Environmental Sciences MasterLaboratory and Field ExpertiseWInformation