From bloom to gloom – Primary production, food-web processes and vertical flux in changing oceans, 29 July -7 August 2013 at Hólar University Iceland
Application Deadline 15 March 2013
Application form at www.aqua.dtu.dk/bloom-gloom
The PhD course covers the main aspects involved in regulation of vertical flux in the ocean. These include production and aggregation of sinking particles by phytoplankton and zooplankton, degradation and consumption of particles by bacteria and zooplankton.
The course will give you up-to-date information on particle fluxes and the processes regulating them. You will get a hand-on training in field and laboratory studies; measuring sinking fluxes, particle dynamics and zooplankton production/degradation rates. A special focus will be on how to generate and use simple models simulating particle flux.
In addition, the course offers you ample opportunity to network with your fellow students and teachers and to discuss your own research with the international experts of the field.
After the course you will be able to:
- describe the processes involved in vertical fluxes and the external factors influencing these processes
- describe alternative ways to measure particle distributions and sinking fluxes quantify particle distributions in the field
- set up and conduct experiments to measure particle production and degradation
- set up a simple model describing particle dynamics
- analyse results from biological experiments / field sampling using appropriate statistics
- describe how environmental forcing influences biogeochemical fluxes, and how geo-engineering can be used to enhance the ocean’s uptake of carbon
- formulate knowledge-based arguments in debates on up-to-date issues related to biogeochemical fluxes.
The course consists of lectures, practical field and laboratory work, data analysis and a model exercise.