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Restoring and regaining ecosystem services of riparian areas in agricultural landscapes (2016)

ECTS credits: 5 ECTS

Course parameters:
Language: English
Level of course: PhD course
Time of year: 14-20 August 2016
No. of contact hours/hours in total incl. preparation, assignments or the like: ~150 hours in total of which 67 are contact hours.
Capacity limits: 24 students


Objectives of the course:
The course aims at providing a comprehensive understanding of ecosystems functions and services provided by wetlands and riparian areas. Specifically the course will focus on:

  • Nitrogen removal in restored and natural wetlands
  • Phosphorus dynamics in riparian buffers and restored and natural wetlands
  • Greenhouse gas emissions (CO2, CH4 and N2O)
  • Biodiversity
  • Management options to mitigate nutrient loss to the aquatic environment and promote biodiversity
  • New concepts and management strategies for buffer strips – integrated buffer strips and use of wetlands for green energy production.

Learning outcomes and competences:
At the end of the course, the student should be able to:

  • Characterize and identify the biogeochemical processes affecting N and P cycling in riparian areas
  • Measure greenhouse gas emissions and denitrification in the field
  • Characterize and identify different vegetation types
  • Describe ecosystems functions and services provided by riparian buffer strips and wetlands
  • Be able to design a riparian management and effect monitoring program where ecosystem services related to nutrient retention, GHG-emissions and biodiversity are optimised.

Compulsory programme:
Active participation in lectures, colloquia and exercises, oral presentation, final report.


Course contents:
The course includes:

  • One week of preparation at home institutions reading selected international papers on the topic of wetland and riparian restoration schemes and effect studies. The students will also have to prepare a short presentation about a selected paper to be used during group discussions and a short presentation on their PhD project.
  • One week intensive course at the Department of Bioscience, Silkeborg, Denmark. The intensive course includes lectures, exercises, field excursions and project work in teams. Project work is carried out in teams of 3-4 students and targets analyses of existing data on wetland hydrology, sediment, carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus cycling as well as the biodiversity of restored riparian areas. These data origin from the Danish Monitoring Program of Wetlands and Riparian Areas and former and ongoing research projects (MONITECH: and BufferTech: .
  •  Report on the case study and field work.

MSc in biology, biogeochemistry or equivalent in relevant topic


Name of lecturers:
Dr Marc Stutter, James Hutton Institute, Scotland
Dr. Dominik Zak, IGB Berlin, Germany
Professor Brian Kronvang, Aarhus University, Denmark
Senior Scientist Carl Christian Hoffmann, Aarhus University, Denmark
Senior Scientist Annette Baattrup-Pedersen, Aarhus University, Denmark
Postdoc Joachim Audet, SLU,Sweden
Postdoc Dagmar Kappel Andersen, Aarhus University, Denmark
PhD student Sandra Hille, Aarhus University, Denmark


Type of course/teaching methods:
Lectures, field trips, case study, group discussions


Will be provided after acceptance to the course


Course assessment:
Failed/passed based on active participation, oral presentations and report


Aarhus University, Department of Bioscience, The course is organized as part of the Danish Innovation Fund/Danish Strategic Research Council project: BUFFERTECH - Optimization of Ecosystem Services Provided by Buffer Strips Using Novel Technological Methods


14 - 20 August 2016


Department of Bioscience, Silkeborg, Denmark,
Accommodation will be in Silkeborg and is included in the registration fee.


Deadline for registration is Thursday, 31 March 2016. Information regarding admission will be given before Friday, 15 April 2016.

If you have any questions, please contact Brian Kronvang, e-mail:

The registration fee is 5000 DKK (~670 EUR) and it covers excursions, accommodation and all meals from breakfast on 15 August 2016 till lunch on 20 August 2016.

For registration: Please make a pre-registration before Thursday, 31 March 2016:
The link for the pre-registration is

You will be asked to provide a brief description of your academic background as well as the relevance of the course for you. Information regarding admission will be sent out no later than Friday, 15 April 2016 with final payment no later than 1 May 2016.

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