Spring 2022 - GEOG 316 D100
Global Biogeochemical and Water Cycles (4)
Class Number: 4752
Delivery Method: In Person
Course Times + Location:
We 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
WMC 2202, Burnaby
Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 4150, Burnaby
Exam Times + Location:
Apr 25, 2022
3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
WMC 3210, Burnaby
1 778 782-3326
Office: RCB 7225
Prerequisites:GEOG 215 or BISC 204 or permission of the instructor.
Introduction to the cycling of essential chemical elements through ecosystems. Interactions among biological, hydrological, and geological controls on the structure and function of ecosystems and the spatial-temporal scales of elemental cycling are emphasized. Environmental problems resulting from disturbance to natural equilibria in the elemental cycles are examined. Quantitative.
Description: Introduction to the cycling of essential chemical elements through ecosystems and to the global biogeochemical and water cycles. Interactions among biological, hydrological, and geological controls on the structure and function of the planetary ecosystem and the spatial-temporal scales of elemental cycling, particularly the global carbon cycle, are emphasized. Environmental problems resulting from human disturbances to the elemental cycles, such as planetary warming, and the biogeochemical underpinnings of global change are examined.
Introduction to the biogeochemical cycles & nutrient cycling
Planetary origins & geology
Global water and energy cycles
Weathering of the lithosphere
Primary production in the biosphere
Processes in terrestrial ecosystems
Rivers: linkage between terrestrial & aquatic ecosystems
Processes in lacustrine ecosystems
Processes in oceanic ecosystems
Processes in the atmosphere
The carbon cycle & global warming
The N, P, and S cycles
Acidification and eutrophication of ecosystems
Organization: Two one-hour lectures and one two-hour laboratory session per week. The final exam will be scheduled during the regular examination period. There will be no laboratory session in the first week of classes.
Spring 2022 courses will be delivered in person based on information available at the time of publishing the outline; please note the delivery mode is subject to change following Provincial Health Officer (PHO) and/or SFU recommendations and orders.
- Laboratory Exercises 25%
- Short Paper 10%
- Term Paper 25%
- Term Paper Presentation 10%
- Final Examination 30%
Schlesinger, W.H., and E.S. Bernhardt. 2020. Biogeochemistry: An Analysis of Global Change, 4th Ed. Academic Press. Paperback ISBN: 9780128146088; eBook ISBN: 9780128146095
Custom Courseware Package. 2022. Readings in Biogeochemistry. SFU Bookstore.
Additional readings drawn from the research literature will be assigned through the term.
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