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A course of Agro-environmental schemes and its effect on nature in Europe
The course will be guided by dr. Simon Mortimer from the Center for Agri-environmental Research, University of Reading, UK at the time of 8.-11. February 2011. Fro more info see attached pdf file.
The course will be taught by professor Jacob VanHouten from Delta College, Michigan, USA during the week of 20.-29. October 2010. For more information see attached pdf file.
New Book: Himalayan Biodiversity in the Changing World
Editor: prof. Pavel Kindlmann
New Book
Course of work in Linux command line not only for MetaCentrum 2018
Don’t be afraid of command line! It is friendly and powerful tool. Practically identical is command line also in Mac OS X, BSD and another UNIX-based systems, not only in Linux. Basic knowledge of Linux is not conditional. Course will be taught in Linux, but most of the point are applicable also for another UNIX systems like Mac OS X. Knowledge of Linux/UNIX is useful e.g. for working with molecular and another data. MetaCentrum is service provided by CESNET allowing access to huge computational capacity. If there is at least one participant not speaking Czech, the course will be in English.
Course: Hot topic of environmental sciences
For this semester, the Hot topic of environmental sciences (MO550C06E) course will focus on: Quantitative Analysis of Human Exposure to Airborne Particulate Matter: Indoor Sources, Human Activity Patterns, Indoor/Outdoor Relationships
Popular Science: Where are Czech forests under potential risk due to the highest O3 exposures and N deposition?
Nitrogen is known as an essential nutrient for plants. However, its excess amount is harmful to the natural environment, including forest ecosystems. Nitrogen, along with ambient ozone, is currently considered to be one of the main threats for forest ecosystems, in addition to climate change. Therefore, a group of scientists under the leadership of Iva Hůnová from the Institute for Environmental Studies analyzed and indicated the areas of forest ecosystems in the Czech Republic with the highest levels of ambient ozone and nitrogen deposition.
Popular Science: Soil macrofauna – help in carbon stabilization?
Carbon is an important and abundant chemical element on Earth and in space. It is a part of living as well as non-living nature. One important place where carbon is stored is in the soil, where three times more carbon is present than in the atmosphere. The decomposition of tree litter plays a crucial role in the soil’s carbon supply. How is the decomposition influenced by the type of litter, temperature and what role do woodlice play? Alexandra Špaldoňová and Jan Frouz from the Institute for the Environment focused on this topic.

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