814.550 (18W) An Introduction to Land System Science

Wintersemester 2018/19

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Erster Termin der LV
05.10.2018 10:00 - 11:30 , Schottenfeldgasse 29, SR 3b Off Campus
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LV-Titel englisch
An Introduction to Land System Science
Vorlesung-Seminar (prüfungsimmanente LV )
13 (20 max.)
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Intendierte Lernergebnisse

To create an overview and profound knowledge on various approaches and central themes of Land System Science, with a particular focus on the inter- und transdisciplinary challenges related to this new field of research. 

Students will learn to critically read and reflect on primary literature, carry out bibliographical research, and develop an ability to synthesize complex contexts and interrelationships.

Lehrmethodik inkl. Einsatz von eLearning-Tools

The course is a combination of lecture and seminar and consists of two blocks. Students will read seminal, topic-specific papers and prepare questions. Introductory lectures aim at bringing the cohort of students up to speed on basic concepts and will be followed by topic-specific presentations by students, followed by group work. Students will prepare presentations on basis of literature.


Land use, i.e. the sum of activities aimed at enhancing ecosystem services, is essential for human well-being, providing food, feed and fuel. At the same time, land use is a pervasive driver of global environmental change, such as biodiversity loss, climate change or land degradation. In the light of population growth, advancing the knowledge base on drivers and impacts of land use as well as to gain insights into terms and conditions of sustainable land use is crucial. The course will bring students to a common understanding of land system change, its major components and their individual dynamics, it underlying drivers as well an socio-ecological impacts. It will elaborate on different methods and approaches to study and analyse land systems across spatio-temporal scales.


Biomass: Stocks (Standing crop) and flows (NPP);

Land use and climate change;

Land degradation;

Food security;

Teleconnections in the global and system;

Land use indicators;

Land use and biodiversity;

Datasets: Remote sensing, census, models;

Models: Earth system models, Dynamic vegetation models, Land use models;

Land use, land use intensity, land cover change;

Ecosystem services



Active collaboration, Presentation, Reading of papers


Course content


Active collaboration, Presentation, Reading of papers


Note/Grade Benotungsschema

Position im Curriculum

  • Masterstudium Sozial- und Humanökologie (SKZ: 919, Version: 14W.1)
    • Fach: GWF3 Landnutzung und Umweltwandel (Wahlfach)
      • GWF3 Vertiefung ( 0.0h VO, SE, EX, KU, SX / 14.0 ECTS)
        • 814.550 An Introduction to Land System Science (2.0h VS / 4.0 ECTS)

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