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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
FOREST SCIENCE - SCIENZE FORESTALI
Course unit
GLOBAL CHANGE AND FOREST ECOSYSTEMS
AVP7078901, A.A. 2017/18

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2017/18

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
FOREST SCIENCE - SCIENZE FORESTALI (Ord. 2017)
AV2091, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2017/18
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Degree course track FOREST AND NATURE FOR THE FUTURE [002LE]
Number of ECTS credits allocated 7.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination GLOBAL CHANGE AND FOREST ECOSYSTEMS
Website of the academic structure http://www.agrariamedicinaveterinaria.unipd.it/
Department of reference Department of Land, Environment, Agriculture and Forestry
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Branch LEGNARO (PD)
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Lecturers
Teacher in charge MARCO CARRER AGR/05

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Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge Degree course code
AVP4060703 FOREST ECOSYSTEMS AND GLOBAL CHANGE MARCO CARRER AV2091

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses AGR/05 Forestry and Silviculture 7.0

Mode of delivery (when and how)
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Organisation of didactics
Type of hours Credits Hours of
teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Shifts
Practice 4.0 32 68.0 No turn
Lecture 3.0 24 51.0 No turn

Calendar
Start of activities 26/02/2018
End of activities 01/06/2018

Examination board
Examination board not defined

Syllabus
Prerequisites: No prerequisites are requested (having attended the course of Ecology is advisable)
Target skills and knowledge: This course introduces you to:
• The meaning of climate in a broad time scale perspective
• the role of different factors in regulating the climate
• what is climate change
• the different tools and approaches to study climate change
• the effect of climate change on forests and ecosystems
Examination methods: Written multiple choice test and oral presentation (according to the number of students).
Assessment criteria: Oral presentation of a scientific article: 10%
Written test with mainly close and few open questions: 90%

Presentations will be graded for their content and the quality of preparation.
Course unit contents: The climate system: i) the athmoshere, structure, composition, dynamics; ii) the other components; iii) the role of forests within the climate system
Causes of climate change: i) external and internal mechanisms; ii) time scales of changes
Defining the climate: i) instrumental vs proxi data; ii) Measurements vs reconstructions
Tracking the changes: i) paleo and contemporary climate changes; ii) climate models and future changes
Assessing the effects: i) physiological mechanisms; ii) acclimation; monitoring and managements; iii) the role of extreme climate events
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Class lectures
Field activities
Students' presentations
Additional notes about suggested reading: PowerPoint slides from the lectures, a selection of papers from scientific journals and the text Joe Buchdahl: Global Climate Change Student Guide.
IPCC reports freely available at IPCC webcite.
Pdf copy freely available, 1999, will be available through the Moodle platform: https://elearning.unipd.it/scuolaamv/login/index.php

Consultation hours: Monday to Thursday from 10:00 to 15:00 only upon agreement

PowerPoint slides from the lectures and few scientific articles.
Selected chapters from the textbook:
Chapin III FS, Matson PA, Mooney HA, (2011). Principles of terrestrial ecosystem ecology. Springer
Ruddiman W.F. (2013). Earth's Climate: Past and Future. W. H. Freeman.
Hannah L. (2014) Climate Change Biology. Elsevier Science.

Further reading and updated journal articles will be suggested along the course.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)