Course syllabus Z-ABIOKL - Applied Bioclimatology (FA - WS 2020/2021)

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Course code:
Course title in Czech:
Applied Bioclimatology
Course title in English: Applied Bioclimatology
WS 2020/2021
Mode of completion and number of credits:
Exam (5 credits)
Mode of delivery and timetabled classes:
full-time, 2/2 (hours of lectures per week / hours of seminars per week)
Level of course: bachelor; master; master continuing
Course type:
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Course supervisor: Ing. Milan Fischer, Ph.D.
Course supervising department:
Faculty: Faculty of AgriSciences
Ing. Milan Fischer, Ph.D. (supervisor)
Timetable in this semester:
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Aim of the course and learning outcomes:
Aim of the course: In this course we apply system approach in order to analyze interactions between
living organisms, soil and atmosphere from the level of individual crops and populations of plants and animals up to the interactions between segments of landscapes or regions. As the system is looked upon from bioclimatological perspective the course tends to concentrate on the role of climate (and weather) in these processes. After the course the students will be able to understand better to impacts of various meteorological situations and climate parameters that are determining the landscape stability and often limit the agrosystem productivity. Almost one half of the lectures is then dedicated to explain causes and impacts of global climate change and to extreme meteorological events both in the region of the Central Europe and globally.
The seminar work consists of case studies aimed at exercising practical methods of agriculture meteorology that enable e.g. to predict crop yield, estimate date of infestation of pests or to determine climatic niche of selected plants and animals. Key part of the seminars is to introduce students into the advanced meteorological instruments through interactive demonstration and especially during individual student's assignments using modern measurement devices. The content of English courses depends on number and background of the students.
Course content:
On applied bioclimatology, global radiation and soil temperature (allowance 2/2)
Temperature the most powerful variable in bioclimatology? (allowance 2/2)
3.Water-water cycle and water balance (allowance 2/2)
Temperature -- clock of living systems & Bioclimatological niche -- potential niche of plants and animals (allowance 2/2)
Modeling the growth and development of key agriculture crops (allowance 2/2)
6.Weather forecast and Chaos? (allowance 2/2)
7.Risks and Impacts of hydrometeorological extreme events (allowance 2/2)
Hydrometeorological extreme events II -- storms, floods and high winds (allowance 2/2)
Climate change and its impacts (allowance 6/6)
10.Climate and hydrometeorological extremes of last millennium (allowance 2/2)
Learning activities and teaching methods:
Type of teaching methodDaily attendance
28 h
10 h
laboratory work
4 h
field work
6 h
2 h
project work6 h
preparation for exam
45 h
preparation for regular assessment
6 h
preparation of presentation
6 h
elaboration of reports
5 h
elaboration and execution of projects24 h
142 h
Assessment methods:
oral examination
Assessment criteria ratio:
Requirement typeDaily attendance
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Recomended reading and other learning resources:
AHRENS, D C. Essentials of meteorology : an invitation to the atmosphere. 3rd ed. Australia: Brooks/Cole/Thomson Learning, 2001. 464 p. ISBN 0534372007.
BRÁZDIL, R. -- KIRCHNER, K. et al. Vybrané přírodní extrémy a jejich dopady na Moravě a ve Slezsku = Selected natural extremes and their impacts in Moravia and Silesia. 1st ed. Ostrava: Masarykova univerzita ;, 2007. 431 p. ISBN 978-80-210-4173-8.

BRYANT, E. Natural hazards. 2nd ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 312 p. ISBN 0-521-53743-6.
GRIFFITHS, J F. Handbook of Agricultural Meteorology. Nex York: Oxford University Press, 1994. 320 p. ISBN 0-19-506240-X.
POTTER, T D. -- COLMAN, B R. Handbook of weather, climate, and water : dynamics, climate, physical meteorology, weather systems, and measurements.  Hoboken, N.J. 2003. ISBN 0471214906, 0471721603. URL:

Course listed in study plans for this semester:
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Course listed in previous semesters:
WS 2019/2020, WS 2018/2019, SS 2017/2018, WS 2017/2018, SS 2016/2017, WS 2016/2017 (and older)
Teaching place: Brno

Last modification made by Ing. Michal Karhánek on 10/16/2020.

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