Intestazione BESS

The 2012 Summer School
is sponsored by
UK Natural Environment Research Council
University of Padova

The biophysical processes that shape the Earth

Venice, June 08-15 2012

Istituto Veneto di Scienze Lettere ed Arti, Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti

Admitted applicants

Deadline for applications
April 30th, 2012
Hosting facilities
Images 2012
Program 2011
References 2011
Conclusions 2011
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Program 2010
References 2010
Conclusions 2010
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The School will take place in Venice in June 08-15, 2012 and will be organized around a set of three cycles of lectures of four units each and a series of topical lectures. Attendees will also be engaged in focused group work, co-ordinated by each lecturer and by appointed assistants. The objective of the group work is to foster the interaction with the lecturers and among attendees specifically toward the production of a scientific paper to be finalized through coordinated efforts after the end of the School.

Lecturers and lectures


Bridget Emmett

Bridget Emmett is Professor and Deputy Director of the Biogeochemistry Programme, Section Head and Head of Site, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology at Bangor Natural Environment Research Council.
For more information:

Topic: Spatial and temporal controls of soil function

Lecture 1: Soils: spatial and temporal patterns

Lecture 2: New understanding in soil processes

Lecture 3: Soil C processes & models

Lecture 4: Ecosystem services


Axel Kleidon

Axel Kleidon is leading the Max Planck Research Group in Biospheric Theory and Modelling, Max-Planck-Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena, Germany.
For more information:

Topic: Thermodynamics of the Earth System

Lecture 1: Foundations and Limits

Lecture 2: Earth system processes

Lecture 3: Maximization by structure

Lecture 4: Limits to the Anthropocene


Ehud Meron

Ehud Meron is Professor of Physics at the Ben Gurion University of the Negev.
For more information:

Topic: Linking pattern formation and spatial ecology

Lecture 1: A glimpse into pattern formation theory

Lecture 2: Self-organized vegetation patchiness

Lexture 3: Patchiness and biodiversity: the roles of ecosystem engineers

Lexture 4: Desertification: mechanisms, warning signals and rehabilitation

Hank Shugart

Herman H. (Hank) Shugart

Hank Shugart is W.W. Corcoran Professor of Environmental Sciences at the University of Virginia, and Director of the Center for Regional Environmental Studies.
For more information:

Topic: Complex Dynamics of Forest Ecosystems at Different Scales: From 100 square meters to the Global Scale

Lecture1: On the Modeling of Forest Ecosystems
- 1a. Individual-based Models of Forest Dynamics: History and Concepts
- 1b. Model Testing: Verification and Validation

Lecture 2: A Theory of Forest Dynamics
- 2a. Fine-Scale Dynamics of Forests
- 2b. Larger-Scale Dynamics of Forests

Lecture 3: On the Mosaic Nature of Forested Landscapes
- 3a. Equilibrium and Non-equilibrium Landscapes
- 3b. Responses to Mosaic Landscapes to Stress

Lecture 4: Global responses to Climate Change
- 4a. The Truth as a Confederation of Lies: Robust Predictions of Climate Change Effects
- 4b. Global Scale Positive Feedbacks between Vegetation and Climate





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