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Environmental Sciences Bachelor Information
Basic Courses I
First Year Examinations
529-2002-02LChemistry IIO5 credits2V + 2UJ. Cvengros, J. E. E. Buschmann, P. Funck, H. Grützmacher, S. Hug, E. C. Meister, R. Verel
AbstractChemistry II: Redox reactions, chemistry of the elements, introduction to organic chemistry
ObjectiveGeneral base for understanding of inorganic and organic chemistry.
Content1. Redoxreactions

2. Inorganic Chemistry
Rules for nomenclature of inorganic compounds. Systematic description of the groups of elements in the periodical system and the most important compounds of these elements. Formation of compounds as a consequence of the electronoc structure of the elements.

3. Introduction to organic chemistry
Description of the most important classes of compounds and of the functional groups. Principal reactivity of these functional groups.
Rection mechanisms: SN1- and SN2-reactions, electrophilic aromatic subtitutions, eliminations (E1 and E2), addition reactions (C=C and C=O double bonds). Chemistry of carbony and carboxyl groups.
Lecture notesC.E.Housecroft, E.C.Constable, Chemistry, 4rd Edition, Pearson, Harlow (England), 2010 (ISBN 0-131-27567-4), Chap. 18-33
LiteratureTheodore L. Brown, H. Eugene LeMay, Bruce E. Bursten, CHEMIE. 14. Auflage, Pearson Studium, 2018.

D.W.Oxtoby, H.P.Gillis, N.H.Nachtrieb, PRINCIPLES OF MODERN CHEMISTRY, 8th Edition, Thomson, London, 2016.
401-0252-00LMathematics II Restricted registration - show details O7 credits5V + 2UL. Halbeisen
AbstractContinuation of the topics of Mathematics I. Main focus: multivariable calculus and partial differential equations.
ObjectiveMathematics is of ever increasing importance to the Natural Sciences and Engineering. The key is the so-called mathematical modelling cycle, i.e. the translation of problems from outside of mathematics into mathematics, the study of the mathematical problems (often with the help of high level mathematical software packages) and the interpretation of the results in the original environment.

The goal of Mathematics I and II is to provide the mathematical foundations relevant for this paradigm. Differential equations are by far the most important tool for modelling and are therefore a main focus of both of these courses.
Content- Multivariable Differential Calculus:
functions of several variables, partial differentiation, curves and surfaces in space, scalar and vector fields, gradient, curl and divergence.

- Multivariable Integral Calculus:
multiple integrals, line and surface integrals, work and flow, Gauss and Stokes theorems, applications.

- Partial Differential Equations:
separation of variables, Fourier series, heat equation, wave equation, Laplace equation, Fourier transform.
Lecture notesSee literature
Literature- Thomas, G. B.: Thomas' Calculus, Part 2, Pearson Addison-Wesley.
- Kreyszig, E.: Advanced Engineering Mathematics, John Wiley & Sons.
Prerequisites / NoticeMathe-Lab (Assistance):
Mon 12:30-14:30 in room HIT K 51 (Hönggerberg campus); Tue 17-19 and Wed 17-19 in room HG E 41.
701-0008-00LTackling Environmental Problems II Restricted registration - show details O5 credits4GC. E. Pohl, R. Frischknecht, M. Mader, B. B. Pearce
AbstractEach year in the case study we analyse a different topic from the field of sustainable development and develop solutions to it.
ObjectiveStudents are able:
- to carry out research on a given topic and present the results in a structured report which (a) shows the state of knowledge and (b) the need for knowledge and action.
- to integrate knowledge of diverse perspectives in a qualitative systems model, to identify problems and to suggest possible solutions from a specific stakeholder's perspective.
- to name the different roles within a group, explain the role(s) they are suited for, self-organise in groups, identify problems of collaboration and constructively address the problems.
ContentIn the first semester the students compile what is known about the case topic, its principles and challenges. Each group of students makes an inquiry to a given part of the overall problem. The inquiry includes a thematic as well as stakeholder analysis. The results are written in a report and presented at an internal conference.

During synthesis week, which takes place during semester break, the results of the different part inquiries are integrated in a qualitative system model. The students identify specific problems and develop solutions.

In the second semester, students work independently and in exchange with stakeholders on previously identified problems. They develop a sustainability project with concrete measures that they could implement voluntarily in the third semester. The course concludes with the presentation of the student projects on the "Market of Measures".

Most of the time students work independently in groups. Tutors support the students in key steps. Introductions are given for:
- The overall topic of the case study (by external experts),
- Inquiry, scientific writing and managing references (by experts of ETH library),
- Role behaviour and collaboration in groups,
- Preparing reports, posters and presentations,
- Qualitative system modelling (SystemQ),
- Developing solutions (design thinking, Checklands' soft systems methodology, sustainability assessment).
Lecture notesTutors will compile the case study dossier on the basis of the student reports.
LiteratureMethodological documentation will be made available on Moodle during the case study together with the relevant background literature.
551-0002-00LGeneral Biology II Restricted registration - show details O4 credits4GU. Sauer, K. Bomblies, O. Y. Martin
AbstractBasics of biochemistry (macromolecules, membranes, cellular structures, metabolism), molecular genetics (gene expression and its regulation; from gene to protein), and physiology of higher plants (structure, growth, development, nutrition, transport, reproduction)
ObjectiveThe understanding of basic concepts of molecular biology and physiology.
ContentHow cells function at the level of molecules and higher structures.
Molecular processes during gene expression.
Plant physiology.

The following Campbell chapters will be covered:

Week 1-5:
5 Biological macromolecules and lipids
7 Cell structure and function
8 Cell membranes
10 Respiration: introduction to metabolism
10 Cell respiration
11 Photosynthetic processes

Week 6-9:
16 Nucleic acids and inheritance
17 Expression of genes
18 Control of gene expression
19 DNA Technology

Week 9-13:
35 Plant Structure and Growth
36 Transport in vascular plants
37 Plant nutrition
38 Reproduction of flowering plants
39 Plants signal and behavior
Lecture notesNo script
LiteratureCampbell, Reece et al: "Biologie" (11th global edition); Pearson 2018.
Additional First Year Compulsory Courses
701-0026-00LExcursions Restricted registration - show details
Limited to students in the 2nd semester of the study programmmes: Environmental Sciences Bachelor.
O1 credit2PM. A. M. Niederhuber
AbstractExcursions are an ideal framework for combining theoretical concepts of the environmental study program with the real world. An intensive discussion of environmental science and political questions takes place on two excursion days. The students learn about the specifics and challenges of a region and deepen their knowledge in exchange with experts.
ObjectiveStudents are able to
- describe concrete environmental science / environmental policy issues of a region and deepen their knowledge in collaboration with the respective experts.
- present different perspectives of a spatial question, and discuss and analyze different points of view.
- explain the interrelations between the different subjects of their environmental studies included in the excursions.
- describe future fields of work and activities of environmental scientists using concrete examples.
ContentEs werden mehrere 1-tägige Exkursionen angeboten, welche die verschiedenen Fachrichtungen des D-USYS abdecken. Eine ausführliche inhaltliche und organisatorische Beschreibung der einzelnen Exkursionen befindet sich auf der dazugehörigen Moodle-Lernplattform.
Lecture notesDie Exkursionsbeschreibungen finden sich auf der Moodle-Plattform.
Literaturesiehe Moodle-Lernplattform
Prerequisites / NoticeDie Exkursionen finden jeweils an einem Freitag statt. Ausnahmen sind dabei möglich.
Die Anmeldung zu den einzelnen Exkursionen erfolgt voraussichtlich Ende Januar 2021. Bitte halten Sie sich alle Freitage im Semester frei.
Corona-bedingt müssen Sie mit kurzfristigen Änderungen des Termins und evtl. auch des Exkursionsformats rechnen.
701-0268-00LBiodiversity Excursions Restricted registration - show details
Limited to students in the 2nd semester of the study programmmes: Environmental Sciences Bachelor.
O2 credits4PJ. Jokela, U. Brändle, A. Funk, M. Greeff
AbstractStudents deepen their basic understanding of systematics and acquire exemplary knowledge of selected organism groups using online tutorials. They then carry out their own determinations on excursions to different habitats and apply methods of biodiversity detection. In workshops, the collected data are analyzed and discussed with a view to various ecological questions.
ObjectiveThe students are able to:
- show the relationship between phenotypic characteristics and taxonomic classification for different groups of organisms
- identify key criteria for the taxonomic classification of selected organism groups and carry out classifications
- explain Biodiversity Assessment Methods including their applications and limits, based on their own experience
- make quantitative estimates of biodiversity in selected habitats based on their own data surveys
Content1) Einführung in die Thematik Systematik, Artenkenntnisse, Methoden der Biodiversitätserfassung und Überblick über die zu bearbeitenden Organismengruppen und Exkursionsmodule. (Plenumsveranstaltung, am Di-Nachmittag, 23. Februar 2021)
2) Bestimmungsübungen mit Online-Tutorials zu den zugeteilten Organismen und Exkursionsmodulen. Je Exkursionsmodul werden ca. 10-20 Arten/Familien bearbeitet. (Selbststudium)
3) 6 halbtägige Bestimmungs- und Erfassungsübungen (Exkursionsmodule) im Feld zu den zugeteilten und vorbereiteten Organismen, wenn möglich mit mobiler Datenerfassung mittels GIS-App (Collector ArcGIS, Link). (mehrere, teils parallele Gruppenveranstaltungen resp. je nach aktuellen Pandemielage im Selbstmodus)
4) Datenworkshops mit Datenauswertung inkl. Präsentation der Daten, Diskussion und Ausblick. (Veranstaltungen in Gruppen, jeder Student nimmt an einem Workshop teil, Zuteilung aufgrund der besuchten Exkursionsmodule)
Prerequisites / NoticeVorlesung 551-0001-00L Allgemeine Biologie I & 701-0243-01L Biologie III: Ökologie

Die Anmeldung zu den Exkursionen erfolgt gemäss separater Ausschreibung im Dezember 2020, Information voraussichtlich in LV Umweltsysteme II im Dezember.
Basic Courses II
Examination Blocks
Examination Block 1
402-0062-00LPhysics IO5 credits3V + 1UA. Vaterlaus
AbstractIntroduction to the concepts and tools in physics with the help of demonstration experiments: mechanics of point-like and rigid bodies, elasticity theory, elements of hydrostatics and hydrodynamics, periodic motion and mechanical waves, electricity and magnetism. Whenever possible, examples relevant to the students' main field of study are given.
ObjectiveIntroduction to the scientific methodology. The student should develop his/her capability to turn physical observations into mathematical models, and to solve them.
Lecture notesA script will be distributed
LiteratureFriedhelm Kuypers
Physik für Ingenieure und Naturwissenschaftler
Band 1: Mechanik und Thermodynamik
Wiley-VCH Verlag, 2012, 448 S, ca.: Fr. 30.-

Douglas C. Giancoli
Pearson Studium

Paul A. Tipler
Spektrum Akademischer Verlag, 1998

David Halliday Robert Resnick Jearl Walker
Wiley-VCH, 2003

dazu gratis Online Ressourcen (z.B. Simulationen): Link
Examination Block 3
701-0401-00LHydrosphereO3 credits2VR. Kipfer, M. H. Schroth
AbstractThe course aims to describe the relevant processes that control the terrestrial water cycle. Energy and mass exchange, mixing and transport processes are described and the coupling of the hydrosphere with the atmosphere and the solid Earth are discussed.
ObjectiveQualitative and quantitative understanding on how physical (and geochemical) processes control the natural dynamics in groundwater, lakes ans oceans and constrain the exchange of mass and energy.
ContentTopics of the course.
Physical properties of water (i.e. density and equation of state)
- global water resources
Exchange at boundaries
- energy (thermal & kinetic), gas exchange
Mixing and transport processes in open waters
- vertical stratification, large scale transport
- turbulence and mixing
- mixing and exchange processes in rivers
Groundwater and its dynamics
- ground water as part of the terrestrial water cycle
- ground water hydraulics, Darcy's law
- aquifers and their properties
- hydrochemistry and tracer
- ground water use
Case studies
- 1. Water as resource, 2. Water and climate
Lecture notesIn addition to the suggested literature handouts are distributed.
LiteratureSuggested literature.
a) Park, Ch., 2001, The Environment, Routledge, 2001
b) Fitts, C.R., 2013. Groundwater Science. 2nd ed., Academic Press, Amsterdam.
Prerequisites / NoticeThe case studies and the analysis of the questions and problems are integral part of the course.
701-0245-00LEvolutionary AnalysisO2 credits2VS. Wielgoss, G. Velicer
AbstractThis course introduces important questions about the evolutionary processes involved in the generation and maintenance of biological diversity across all domains of life and how evolutionary science investigates these questions.
ObjectiveThis course introduces important questions about the evolutionary processes involved in the generation and maintenance of biological diversity across all domains of life and how evolutionary science investigates these questions. The topics covered range from different forms of selection, phylogenetic analysis, population genetics, life history theory, the evolution of sex, social evolution to human evolution. These topics are important for the understanding of a number of evolutionary problems in the basic and applied sciences.
ContentTopics likely to be covered in this course include research methods in evolutionary biology, adaptation, evolution of sex, evolutionary transitions, human evolution, infectious disease evolution, life history evolution, macroevolution, mechanisms of evolution, phylogenetic analysis, population dynamics, population genetics, social evolution, speciation and types of selection.
Evolutionary Analysis
Scott Freeman and Jon Herron
5th Edition, English.
Prerequisites / NoticeThe exam is based on lecture and textbook.
Additional Compulsory Courses
Students have to take twoo Integrade Practical In spring semester 21.
701-0220-00LBasic Practical in Microbiology Restricted registration - show details
Only for BSc Environmental Sciences.

Enrollment of this lecture is necessary until three weeks before course begins. After that date a place cannot be garanteed.
O3 credits3PD. R. Johnson, F. Hammes, T. Julian
AbstractThe course offers an introduction into experimental work with microorganisms; it also demonstrates applications of microbiology in the environmental sciences.
ObjectiveAcquisition of basic knowledge and practical skills in the following areas: experimental work with microbes; analysis of resistance to antibiotics; genetic modification of microbes; analysis of pathogenic bacteria.
ContentIntroduction into sterile work with microbes including cultivation; analysis of resistance to antibiotics; isolation of microbes from environmental systems; observation of microbes with microscopy; genetic modification of microbes for practical applications in environmental systems; analysis of the inactivation of bacteria. The course is based on a combination of practical work and lectures on the scientific background.
Lecture notesCourse material will be distributed.
Prerequisites / NoticeThe course is taking place at ETHZ in the CHN building.
252-0840-02LApplication-Oriented Programming with Python Information W2 credits2GL. E. Fässler, M. Dahinden
AbstractThis course provides important basic concepts for interdisciplinary programming projects. The programming language is Python and Matlab.
ObjectiveStudents learn

- how to encode a problem into a program, test the program, and correct errors.
- to understand and improve existing code.
- to implement models from the natural sciences as a simulation.
ContentThe following programming concepts are introduced in the lecture:

1. Variables, data types
2. Control structures, logic
3. Arrays, search- and sort algorithms, simulating, modelling
4. Functions, modules , animation
5. Matrices, Monte-Carlo simulation
6. Classes and objects

In the practical part of the course, students work on small programming projects with a context from natural sciences. Electronic tutorials are available as preparation.
LiteratureL. Fässler, M. Dahinden, D. Komm, and D. Sichau: Einführung in die Programmierung mit Python und Matlab. Begleitunterlagen zum Onlinekurs und zur Vorlesung, 2016. ISBN: 978-3741250842.
Prerequisites / NoticeNo prior knowledge is required for this course. It is based on application-oriented learning. The students spend most of their time working through programming projects with data from natural science and discussing their results with teaching assistants. To learn the programming basics there are electronic tutorials available.
701-0034-06LIntegrated Practical: Soil Restricted registration - show details W3 credits3PR. Kretzschmar, A. Carminati, S. Dötterl, L. Walthert
AbstractDuring three full-day field trips and two half-day field exercises, various aspects of soil morphology, soil genesis, and soil functioning are discussed using practical examples.
ObjectiveGaining practical knowledge in soil science in the field.
ContentSoil description in the field, soil formation in Zurich-Nord, forest soils, carbon and nitrogen cycles, soil-water relations, soil conservation and landuse.
Lecture notesHandouts are provided during the course.
Prerequisites / NoticeCourse "Pedosphere" or equivalent
701-0034-08LIntegrated Practical: Forest Ecosystems Restricted registration - show details W3 credits3PH. Bugmann, M. Lévesque, T. N. Sieber
AbstractIntroductory course on field methods in forest ecosystem research and ecosystem management, with an emphasis on regeneration ecology, forest growth and management as well as mortality processes. The course is set up as a comparative study between a low-elevation beech forest and a mixed spruce-fir forest in the northern pre-Alps.
•- get to know the diversity of forest ecosystems based on case studies
•- understand important processes of forest dynamics (regeneration, growth, mortality) and their significance in an ecosystem context
•- acquire pracitcal skills regarding field methods of forest ecosystem research
•- get to know selected forest management systems
Lecture noteswill be distributed
701-0034-09LIntegrated Practical: Analysis of Conflicts in Species Conservation Restricted registration - show details W3 credits3PP. Waeber, A. Giger Dray
AbstractThe objective of this course is to analyse a concrete conflict in the context of species conservation. It is based on concepts from social sciences and natural sciences. The conflict will be examined from the perspectives of all affected stakeholders. The aim is to demonstrate how conflicts among stakeholders can be resolved to achieve a mutually agreed consensus.
ObjectiveThe students know
-the history of a specific conflict within the field of species conservation
-the major lines of conflict (values and interests)
-the main political actors and their resources
-the actors’ fundamental lines of reasoning and instruments in negotiation processes
-the scope of action and possibilities for coalitions in the elaboration or development of solution concepts

They have gained routine
-in working with literature, documents and reports of organizations and administrations
-in the preparation, conduction, and evaluation of expert interviews
-elaboration of common solutions, respectively solution concept
ContentDer Kurs beschäftigt sich mit der Analyse und der Bearbeitung von Konflikten im Artenschutz sowohl aus sozial- wie aus naturwissenschaftlicher Perspektive. Der Fokus liegt dabei auf einem Verständnis der unterschiedlichen Haltung der Akteure und ihrer Positionen, sowie der Erarbeitung von konkreten Lösungsvorschlägen. Dies wird an einem aktuellen Beispiel einer geschützten Tierart wie z.B. Wolf, Bär, Luchs, Biber geübt. Neben einer möglichst exakten Beschreibung der naturwissenschaftlichen Grundlagen und des gesellschaftlich-politischen Problems geht es um das Herausarbeiten der am Konflikt beteiligten Akteure, deren unterschiedlichen Werte und Interessen, sowie das Einbringen und Bearbeiten von unterschiedlichen Positionen in ein Problemlösungsverfahren, welches eine möglichst einvernehmliche Lösung zum Ziel hat. Es sollen sowohl staatliche wie zivile Akteure in den Prozess eingebunden werden.
Lecture notesAnstelle eines Skriptes werden verschiedene Unterlagen zum ausgewählten Fall zur Verfügung gestellt. Weitere Unterlagen werden von den Studierenden während des Praktikums bereit gestellt (insbesondere Unterlagen der Stakeholders).
Literaturesiehe Bemerkungen zum Skript
Prerequisites / NoticeDas Praktikum wird nach Möglichkeit mit einer ganztägigen Exkursion verknüpft. Geplant, jedoch noch nicht gewiss, ist die Präsentation des Lösungsvorschlages vor involvierten Stakeholdern und Expertinnen und Experten.
701-0034-10LIntegrated Practical: Environmental Impacts of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) Restricted registration - show details W3 credits3PA. Hilbeck, B.  Oehen
AbstractThe basic elements of the risk assessment of genetically modified plants are introduced, preceded by a brief introduction to gene technology and its applications in the environment. The relevant regulations and the approval procedures are explained. The elements of risk assessment are introduced using case examples and the risks and benefits of genetically modified organisms are discussed.
ObjectiveThe students will learn the:
- Theory of risk assessment and its practical application for genetically modified plants
- Methods and approaches to risk assessment of genetically modified
- Application of simple methods of risk assessment to real case examples
- Practical exercises with genetically modified plants, detection of
transgene products and their bioactivity
ContentThe practical course 'Integrated Practical Risk Analysis with GMO' will explain the basic elements of risk assessment of genetically modified plants that allows an initial estimation of their environmental consequences. This will be preceded by an introduction to the technology of genetic engineering of plants and the application of this technology in the environment and agriculture. Further, since genetically engineered organisms are subject to regulation, the relevant laws and ordinances that form the basis of the approval procedures are introduced. The elements of risk assessment are taught using most recent case examples (usually maize or wheat) and their risks and benefits will be discussed.
Prerequisites / NoticeThe practical course is carried out with the help of Bernadette Oehen, Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FIBL, Frick
701-0034-12LIntegrated Practical: Plant Ecology: From Theory to Practice Restricted registration - show details W3 credits3PJ. Hille Ris Lambers, J. Alexander
AbstractIn this practical class, students investigate how the plant species composition of grasslands depends on management and soil conditions. They learn how to survey the composition of plant communities and how to plan, realise and analyse field experiments. They will understand how the traits of grassland species determine their response to management, and how this knowledge is applied in practice.
ObjectiveStudents will be able to:
- Identify grassland plant species.
- Recognize grassland types from their structure and species composition, and explain how they depend on soil conditions, microclimate and management.
- Describe and explain changes in grassland composition after establishment and implications for grassland use.
- Survey plant species composition and vegetation structure with established methods.
- Carry out a field survey or a field experiment with a correct design; analyse the resulting data.
ContentWir führen Untersuchungen an der ETH Hönggerberg und in der Umgebung durch, um die Funktionsweise und Nutzung von Wiesen (Grünland) zu verstehen.
Wir vergleichen verschieden genutze Gründlandtypen miteinander: wie können wir sie schnell erkennen und ökologisch einordnen?
Für das Praktikum nutzen wir Versuchsflächen die eine unterschiedliche Bodenzusammensetzung aufweisen. Wir führen dort Vegetationsaufnahmen durch und analysieren den Einfluss des Bodens auf die Artzusammensetzungen und deren Verlauf mit der Zeit. Die Daten werden ausgewertet und diskutiert.
Lecture notesHandouts will be supplied in class.
LiteratureSpecialized literature will be available during classes
Prerequisites / NoticeBei den Felduntersuchungen sind gute Kleidung und Schuhe, Sonnen- und Regenschutz, sowie Massnahmen gegen Zeckenkrankheiten notwendig; die TeilnehmerInnen sind hierfür selbst verantwortlich.
701-0034-14LIntegrated Practical: Analysis of Urban Food Systems Restricted registration - show details W3 credits3PH. Moschitz
AbstractThe course deals with the analysis of Urban Food Systems (UFS). UFS include all processes that food runs through in a particular space (here: the city of Zurich): production, processing, distribution, consumption, waste disposal. We will analyse those processes with selected examples and particularly consider the role of the different actors of administration, market, and civil society.
Objective- Knowledge of the relevant actors and processes in the urban food system
- Critical reflection of framework conditions of the food system
- Factors influencing food in a city
- Understanding the relationships between administration/policy, civil society, and the market; that influence the food system
- Dealing with different sources and qualities of data (statistics, expert interviews)
- Testing possibilities of processing and presentation of data from different sources
ContentWie ernährt sich eine Stadt? Wie gelangen täglich ausreichend Lebensmittel in guter Qualität in Lebensmittelgeschäfte, und zu den Konsumentinnen und Konsumenten? Wo und wann werden Lebensmittel eingekauft? Welche Rolle spielt die Ausser-Haus-Verpflegung? Was passiert mit den Lebensmittelresten, dem Food Waste? Wo und wie werden die Nahrungsmittel produziert, wo verarbeitet und verpackt, für den Transport bereit gemacht? Welche Faktoren bestimmen, wie dieses komplexe Ernährungssystem funktioniert? Mit diesen Fragen beschäftigt sich der Kurs, auch wenn in der Kürze nicht alle beantwortet werden können. Das Thema Essen und Ernährung wird für einmal nicht aus Sicht der Produktion, der Landwirtschaft, diskutiert, sondern aus Sicht des Konsums. Angesichts der Tatsache, dass 75% aller Einwohner der Schweiz in Städten leben, nehmen wir die Stadtregion als relevanten Raum des Konsums an. Aus dieser Perspektive wird im Kurs analysiert, wie Essen und Ernährung in einer Stadt (beispielhaft: Zürich) eingebettet ist in ein System verschiedener Akteure entlang der Wertschöpfungskette, von Produktion über Verarbeitung, Handel, Konsum und Entsorgung, aber auch in die unter-schiedlichsten Bereiche unserer Gesellschaft und des Zusammenlebens: u.a. Soziales, Umwelt, Lebensqualität, Wirtschaft.
Die Studierenden setzen sich mit aktuellen Konzepten, wie food strategies, urban-rural relationships, alternative food networks, food sovereignty auseinander, diskutieren sie und wenden die Konzepte auf das Food System der Stadt Zürich an. Ein Bezug zum „Milan Urban Food Policy Pact“, den die Stadt Zürich unterzeichnet hat, wird hergestellt. Nach einem theoretischen Einstieg lernen die Studierenden in einer Exkursion (geplant: ein Lebensmittel-Verteilzentrum oder Gemüse-Waschanlage) einen Teil des Food Systems von Zürich kennen.
Der praktische Teil besteht in der Mitarbeit in einem Forschungsprojekt, welches das FiBL gemeinsam mit der Stadt Zürich und dem Ernährungsforum Zürich momentan bearbeitet. Die Studierenden recherchieren zu möglichen Handlungsoptionen für eine nachhaltige und regionale Ernährung, analysieren die Situation in anderen Städten und führen Interviews mit potenziellen Adressaten der Handlungsoptionen. Die Ergebnisse werden kreativ aufbereitet und dem Projektteam, sowie den anderen Teilnehmerinnen und Teilnehmern des IP vorgestellt.
LiteratureMansfield B. and Mendes W. (2013) Municipal Food Strategies and Integrated Approaches to Urban Agriculture: Exploring Three Cases from the Global North. International Planning Studies 18: 37-60.

Milan Urban Food Policy Pact: Link

Morgan, K. (2014). Nourishing the city: The rise of the urban food question in the Global North. Urban Studies. doi: 10.1177/0042098014534902

Morgan, K., & Sonnino, R. (2010). The urban foodscape: world cities and the new food equation. Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, 3(2), 209-224.

Stierand, P. (2012). Stadtentwicklung mit dem Gartenspaten. Umrisse einer Stadternährungsplanung. Dortmund. Link
701-0034-15LIntegrated Practical: Aquatic Ecology Restricted registration - show details W3 credits3PJ. Jokela, C. T. Robinson
AbstractPractical studies on broad scientific questions and practice-orientated sampling techniques in aquatic ecology in rivers and lakes.
ObjectiveThe first goal is to learn how broad scientific questions of aquatic ecology are addressed in practice and to get an overview of the key hypotheses and methods that are relevant for each theme. The second goal is to strengthen the knowledge of local aquatic ecosystems.
It will be suported that students work independently.
ContentCoordinated by J. Jokela

The purpose of this course is to give an overview of stream and lake ecology and structure. Theoretical background is given in an introductory lecture, followed by excursions to a stream and a lake, where the students get to know the systems and different methods for survey and analysis. In a second part, the students conduct small research projects on important questions in the field of aquatic ecology.

Dates to be given.
Lecture notesno script
Prerequisites / NoticeThe practical parts will mainly take place at Eawag Dübendorf.
701-0034-16LIntegrated Practical: Novel Ecosystems in Cities Restricted registration - show details W3 credits3PC. Küffer Schumacher
AbstractNovel ecosystems, that are strongly influenced by humans, confront the environmental sciences with particular challenges including the need to integrate natural and social sciences for problem analysis and developing solutions for practice. In this course novel ecosystems will be discussed based on the example of the city of Zurich.
Objective1. Introduction to concepts of the management of man-dominated ecosystems, e.g. urban ecology, ecosystem services, nature-culture dichotomy, native / non-native species.
2. Application of ecological knowledge in man-dominated ecosystems.
3. Field observation
ContentThe example of pollinators and their ecological functions in the city of Zurich will be used to discuss novel ecosystems and their management.
We will also discuss the integration of natural and social sciences, and communication with the public.
An important practical aspect of the course is the collection, integration and visualisation of different types of data.
Lecture noteswill be distributed during the course
Literaturewill be distributed during the course
Prerequisites / Noticenone
701-0035-00LIntegrated Practical Environmental Observation Information W3 credits3PJ. Henneberger
AbstractObservation networks - the combination of individual instruments - are the starting point of quantitative environmental studies. The structure and idiosyncrasies of existing observation networks are shown. When working in individual experiments on practical problems, various types of observation networks are dealt with; questions related to data quality and data availability are discussed.
ObjectiveGetting acquainted with existing networks for environmental observations. Insight into problems related to measuring and interpreting multi-dimensional fields of atmospheric physical, atmospheric chemical, and geophysical parameters.
ContentObservation networks for atmospheric physical, atmospheric chemical, geophysical, hydrological and climatological parameters on different scales (synoptic: 1000 km; mesoscale: 100 km, and microscale: 100 m). Combination of surface observation with remotely sensed data (satellite, radar). Solving interpolation problems in multi-dimensional fields of the observed variables. Assessing the representativity of local values, i.e., the directly observed variable in an observation network.
Lecture notesThe script is published anew every year. Apart from the description of the scientific problems to be worked on in individual experiments, it contains some theoretical chapters on observation networks, as well as guidelines for writing and publishing scientific papers. The script can be downloaded as pdf from the course webpage.
LiteratureLiterature is listed in the script.
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