Ecohydrology - a Mediterranean perspective, 13-20 June 2015

The relations between hydrological processes and ecosystems as well as societies are particularly deep in Mediterranean regions, where water availability varies significantly at season time scales and inter-annually. Following water in all components of the ecosystem and at different scales, this course examined how eco-hydrological processes shape form and function of human societies, landscapes, plant communities, and agricultural systems in Mediterranean regions. Lectures held at Stockholm University and NEO provided students with key hydrological, geomorphological, ecological, and physiological concepts. Concepts from the lectures have been applied to field experiments performed at and around NEO during a full week of activities. Students developed their own research hypotheses and designed experiments to test them – looking at plant biophysics and ecology in relation to water availability in both natural plant communities and in agricultural systems.