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Course of Study

Module 0600
Theory and methods for an integrated analysis of ecosystem services

Course organizers

Course lecturers

Leibniz-Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF), Eberswalder Str. 84, 15374 Müncheberg, Germany

Course description

Ecosystems, both managed and unmanaged, deliver a large number of services essential for human life, most of them free of charge. This includes provisioning services (food, fiber, water, minerals), supporting services (nutrient cycling, primary production), regulation services (water purification, crop pollination, waste decomposition), and cultural services (recreation, ecotourism). Currently, the delivery of such ecosystem services (ES) is increasingly threatened by human activities leading to ecosystem pollution and degradation worldwide.
To assess how human activities influence and impact on ES provision, and how these can potentially be sustainably managed, a number of simulation models, tools and methods can be used to support in decision making.
This course aims to

Course outline

Teaching methods:

Lectures 50%, exercises and group work 50%

Grading: Participation 50 %, exercises and group work 50%

Credit points: 3 credits


A list of relevant literature will be provided in advance (we aim for two weeks before the starting of at the beginning of the course).


Needed software will be made available for you during the course.

Language of instruction: English

Organizational information

The course will be held at Leibniz-Center for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF, www.zalf.de/en), Institute of Socio-Economics (ZALF-SO), Eberswalder Str. 84, 15374 Müncheberg, Germany.
Müncheberg is located about 60km east of Berlin. For hourly train connection between Berlin-Lichtenberg and Müncheberg see http://www.vbb.de/en/index.html.
For directions: http://www.zalf.de/en/ueber_uns/kontakt_anfahrt/Pages/default.aspx


For further information please contact Dr. Lasse Loft (Working Group on Ecosystem Services Governance, ZALF) lasse.loft@zalf.de, Phone: +49(0)33432/82-486.