Nach einer Einführung in das Prinzip der Nachhaltigkeit werden verschiedene aktuelle Umweltprobleme in Themenblöcken genauer beleuchtet. In Präsentationen der Studierenden wird der aktuelle Stand der Wissenschaft vorgestellt.
Im Anschluss wird diskutiert wie jeder Einzelne und unsere Gesellschaft mit unserer Lebensweise und unserem Konsumverhalten Einfluss auf Umweltprobleme nimmt.
Gemeinsam werden Lösungen und Handlungsvorschläge gesammelt und diskutiert.

This course aims to teach a deeper understanding of biogeochemical processes in the natural environment with a focus on aqueous systems (streams, rivers lakes). It will also provide the practical skills to undertake biogeochemical research. The course will involve both conceptual understanding of biogeochemical processes and how practically to sample, measure and interpret biogeochemically relevant compounds at different spatial scales in hydrological systems. This will include studying the connection between groundwater and surface water, chemical fluxes, production and cycling of elements such as carbon and nutrients through the environment. Specifically the course will investigate:

• Groundwater – surface water interactions and chemical fluxes in streams – where does the groundwater connect to surface water and how important is it?

• Biogeochemical cycling within streams with a particular emphasis on redox processes and nutrient cycling in the hyporheic zone and its importance for water quality and healthy ecosystems.

• Coupling between physical and biogeochemical processes in lakes e.g. the importance of stratification on chemical processes – natural chemical reactions and open vs. closed systems

• Peatlands as carbon reactors – extreme redox processes and carbon stores