Global Change Ecology

University of Cape Town

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Global Change Ecology

  • Host University

    University of Cape Town

  • Location

    Cape Town, South Africa

  • Area of Study

    Biology, Ecology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Course entry requirements: BIO1000F or BIO1000H, BIO1004F/S

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course outline:
    How are organisms and ecosystems affected by the drivers of global environmental change? This course begins with a brief overview of key drivers of global environmental change, including both natural (e.g. Milankovich cycles) and anthropogenic "forcings" (e.g. greenhouse gas emissions, nitrogen deposition and pollution, land-use change). It then examines how these drivers influence (and are influenced by) primary productivity, nutrient cycling, water relations and vegetation-climate feedbacks. Biological responses to global change are examined in the context of marine, freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems. The course provides an integrated knowledge of contemporary environmental issues related to global change (e.g. carbon sequestration, climate change mitigation, and dynamic global vegetation models).

Course Disclaimer

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.


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