061-0101-00L  Climate / Water / Soil

SemesterAutumn Semester 2023
LecturersH. Joos, R. Kretzschmar, R. Weingartner, A. Carminati, S. Dötterl, M. G. Fellin, A. Frossard, T. Galí-Izard, N. Gruber, V. Picotti, S. Schemm, J. Schwaab, C. Steger, H. Wernli
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish



Courses

NumberTitleHoursLecturers
061-0101-01 GClimate Special students and auditors need a special permission from the lecturers.
Module dates 25.09. - 28.09.23
The detailed course schedule is published at the beginning of the semester on the program website and is included in the reader.
20s hrs
25.09. - 28.09.08:00-11:30HIL G 64 »
28.09.12:45-16:30HIL G 64 »
H. Joos, M. G. Fellin, T. Galí-Izard, N. Gruber, V. Picotti, S. Schemm, J. Schwaab, C. Steger, H. Wernli
061-0101-02 GWater Special students and auditors need a special permission from the lecturers.
Module dates 09.10. - 12.10.23
The detailed course schedule is published at the beginning of the semester on the program website and is included in the reader.
20s hrs
12.10.12:45-17:30HIL G 64 »
R. Weingartner
061-0101-03 GSoil Special students and auditors need a special permission from the lecturers.
Module dates 02.10. - 05.10.23
The detailed course schedule is published at the beginning of the semester on the program website and is included in the reader.
20s hrs
02.10. - 05.10.08:00-11:30HIL G 64 »
05.10.12:45-16:30HIL G 64 »
R. Kretzschmar, A. Carminati, S. Dötterl, A. Frossard, T. Galí-Izard

Catalogue data

AbstractLectures, exercises and excursions serve as an introduction to atmospheric sciences, soil science and hydrology. 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
- Fundamentals about the classification of soils, soil-forming processes, physical and chemical soil properties, soil biology and ecology, soil degradation and protection
- Knowledge of water balance, principles of integral water management and climatic factors in the field of hydrology

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.
ContentThe course unit consists of the three courses "Climate", "Soil" and "Water", which are organized in modules.

Module 1 “Climate”, 25.–28.09.2023
- Atmospheric dynamics: weather conditions, precipitation formation, weather forecast
- Carbon Cycle: atmospheric CO2 concentrations and its interaction with the physical climate system
- 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
- Introduction to geology: formation of rocks, geologic times, structural geology


Module 2 “Soil”, 2.10.–5.10.23
- 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


Module 3 “Water”, 09.10.–12.10.2023

Basics:
- Water supply: water balance, groundwater, water quality (water protection)
- River restoration
- Flooding, evapotranspiration/cooling of landscapes
- Hydropower (everything is managed - lake levels, water flows, pumping) - hydrology in the anthropocene
- Water management and storage
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", 25.–28.09.2023
Module 2 "Soil", 2.10.–5.10.23
Module 3 "Water", 09.10.–12.10.2023

- The courses are held in English
- The written session examination covers all three courses "Climate", "Soil" and "Water".
CompetenciesCompetencies
Subject-specific CompetenciesConcepts and Theoriesassessed
Techniques and Technologiesassessed
Method-specific CompetenciesAnalytical Competenciesassessed
Decision-makingassessed
Media and Digital Technologiesassessed
Social CompetenciesCommunicationassessed
Cooperation and Teamworkassessed
Personal CompetenciesCreative Thinkingassessed
Critical Thinkingassessed
Integrity and Work Ethicsassessed
Self-awareness and Self-reflection assessed

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits2 credits
ExaminersT. Galí-Izard, A. Carminati, S. Dötterl, M. G. Fellin, A. Frossard, N. Gruber, H. Joos, R. Kretzschmar, V. Picotti, S. Schemm, J. Schwaab, C. Steger, R. Weingartner, H. Wernli
Typesession examination
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionThe performance assessment is offered every session. Repetition possible without re-enrolling for the course unit.
Mode of examinationwritten 120 minutes
Written aidsNone
This information can be updated until the beginning of the semester; information on the examination timetable is binding.

Learning materials

 
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Groups

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Restrictions

General : Special students and auditors need a special permission from the lecturers
PriorityRegistration for the course unit is only possible for the primary target group
Primary target groupLandscape Architecture MSc (061000)

Offered in

ProgrammeSectionType
Landscape Architecture MasterCompulsory Basic CoursesOInformation