Uppsala, Uppsala

PhD-course 'Ecosystem services in soil and water research' (3-4 ECTS) 4 May to 15 June

Ecosystem services have been defined as “the benefits that people obtain from ecosystems” (Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, 2005). In recent years, much research addressing this concept has focused on the impact of climate change and loss of biodiversity on ecosystem services. The impact of changes in other basic processes in soil and water systems such as nutrient cycling and dispersal, primary production, waste decomposition, the fate of toxins and much more have received less attention in the context of ecosystem services.

The aims of this course are to: *provide a general background and overview of the concept of ecosystem services, *provide a forum for presentations and discussions of state-of-the-art research of ecosystems services in soil and aquatic systems, *provide training in the identification, quantification and valuation of soil and water processes as ecosystem services, *examine and discuss the vulnerability, threats and options for protection of these services, *discuss challenges and the future of research on ecosystem services.


Time: 2011-05-04 08:00 - 17:00
City: Uppsala
Location: Uppsala
Organiser: Focus on Soils and Water
Additional info:

The course consists of two parts: 1) A series of half-day seminars will be held between May 4 and June 15, 2011. Meetings will include an introductory lecture to that day’s topic given by an invited expert speaker followed with a discussion by the PhD students of selected research and review papers. Preliminary schedule for seminars: 04/5, 11/5,18/5, 25/5, 01/6, 15/6. A detailed schedule and list of teachers will be available later. 2) The FoSW Symposium on Ecosystem Services in Soil and Water Research which will be held between June 7-10, 2011, at SLU, Uppsala, with leading international scientists in the research area. See http://www-conference.slu.se/fosw2011/ for speaker lists and symposium details.