BIOL40690 Adaptation to Global Change (JLU)

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module aims to impart the students with the latest body of research on the subject of global change impacts on various parts of the planets and understand the difference between mitigation and adaptation strategies. The focus of this module will be on methods to enable carbon sequestration in soil, i.e. by increasing the stable carbon pool in soil. Methods to evaluate the suitability of carbon rich amendments as well as the implications for the environment (e.g. to be in line with the soils directive) are covered in this module. The implications of management and the interactions with changing biotic factors on competition, shift of vegetation, interaction between bio- and functional diversity and vulnerability of plants and ecosystems and conservation aspects are included. Both laboratory methods and also long-term field studies at the research station studies will be covered.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

The students will:
•Have fundamental understanding of plant environment interactions;
•Know the influence of global change on plant growth and health in terrestrial ecosystems;
•Be able to design simple experiments to evaluate management options (e.g. C amendments) on plants and ecosystems;
•Acquire skills in the interpretation of scientific literature about global change impacts and plant and ecosystem adaptations;
•Be able to present and discuss actual scientific research results on the impact of global change and the adaptation of plants and ecosystems.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning




Seminar (or Webinar)






Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Interactive - Lectures and practicals with site visit to experimental FACE site and seminars

Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Examination: Examination as per JLU Regulations Unspecified No Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
In-Module Resit Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

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