|Semester||Autumn Semester 2021|
|Periodicity||every semester recurring course|
|Language of instruction||English|
|Comment||Enrolment ONLY for MSc students with a decree declaring this course unit as an additional admission requirement.|
Any other students (e.g. incoming exchange students, doctoral students) CANNOT enrol for this course unit.
Self-study course. No presence required.
Please contact Prof. Ruben Kretzschmar for further information.
|90s hrs||R. Kretzschmar|
|Abstract||Introduction to the formation and properties of soils as a function of parent rock, landscape position, climate, and soil organisms. Complex relationships between soil forming processes, physical and chemical soil properties, soil biota, and ecological soil properties.|
|Objective||Understanding of soils as integral parts of ecosystems, development and distribution of soils as a function of environmental factors, and processes leading to soil degradation.|
|Content||Definition of the pedosphere, soil functions, rocks as parent materials, minerals and weathering, soil organisms, soil organic matter, physical soil properties and functions, chemical soil properties and functions, soil formation, principles of soil classification, global soil regions, soil fertility, land use and soil degradation.|
|Literature||- Scheffer/Schachtschabel - Soil Science, Springer, Heidelberg, 2016.|
- Brady N.C. and Weil, R.R. The Nature and Properties of Soils. 14th ed. Prentice Hall, 2007.
|Prerequisites / Notice||Prerequisites: Basic knowledge in chemistry, biology and geology.|
|Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)|
|Performance assessment as a semester course|
|ECTS credits||3 credits|
|Type||graded semester performance|
|Language of examination||English|
|Repetition||Repetition possible without re-enrolling for the course unit.|
|No public learning materials available.|
|Only public learning materials are listed.|
|No information on groups available.|
|There are no additional restrictions for the registration.|
|Environmental Sciences Master||Course Units for Additional Admission Requirements||E-|