Study programmes / B-AGB Agrobiology / Bioclimatology
Course code:BIOKL
Course title in language of instruction:Bioklimatologie
Course title in Czech:Bioklimatologie
Course title in English:Bioclimatology
Mode of completion and number of credits:Exam (4 credits)
(1 ECTS credit = 28 hours of workload)
Mode of delivery/Timetabled classes:full-time, 2/1
(full-time, hours of lectures per week / hours of seminars per week)
Language of instruction:Czech
Level of course:bachelor
Semester:SS 2019/2020 - FA
Name of lecturer:Ing. Lenka Bartošová, Ph.D. (examiner, instructor, lecturer)
doc. Ing. Petr Hlavinka, Ph.D. (examiner, instructor, lecturer)
Ing. Matěj Orság, Ph.D. (instructor, lecturer)
prof. Ing. Mgr. Miroslav Trnka, Ph.D. (examiner, instructor, lecturer)
prof. Ing. Zdeněk Žalud, Ph.D. (examiner, instructor, lecturer, supervisor)
Prerequisites:not Bachelor State Examination
Aims of the course:To educate students in methods of measurement and evaluation of the meteorological and agrometeorological observations and also in methods of an agroclimatological evaluation of the environment including the agrometeorological zonation. Students will be taught to apply acquired knowledge of the subject into growing technologies and will learn basic principles of utilization of meteorological knowledge in agriculture.
Course contents:
1.Meteorological observations and measurements (allowance 2/1)
a.Past and present of meteorology, climatology and bioclimatology
b.Czech Hydrometeorological Institute, clasification of meteorological stations
c.clasification of meteorological satellite observations, the possibility of using remote sensing in agriculture radar, upper air measurements

2.Atmosphere (allowance 2/1)
a.Stratification and atmospheric composition
b.Ozon layer and UV-B radiation

3.Radiation and energy balance on crop canopy level (allowance 4/2)
a.radiation and its distribution, biological significance
b.radiation balance balance
d.climate change impacts on plants growth and development study of climate change impacts on winter wheat ans spring barley

4.Temperature and plants (allowance 4/2)
a.Temperature - basic features
b.Temperature gradients
c.Temperature sums
d.Temperature and plants growth and development, temperature limits
e.Soil temperature

5.Water cycle (allowance 4/2)
a.air moisture
b.evapotransiration, real, reference and potential
c.clouds, cloudniss and precipitation

6.Synoptic meteorology (allowance 4/2)
a.pressure and wind, circulation of the atmosphere
b.airmass, cyclogenesis, forecast

7.Climatology and phenology (allowance 4/2)
a.climate factors and categories and European climate
c.climate of the Czech Republic
d.climatological and phenological studies

Learning outcomes and competences:
Generic competences:
-ability to analyse and synthesize
-ability to apply knowledge
-ability to work independently
-general knowledge
-quality concept awareness
-science and research skills
-skilled at utilizing and processing information

Specific competences:
-Ability to analyze weather forecast and a detailed knowledge of its resources
-Ability to develop short-term agrometeorological forecasts in agriculture
-Experience and ability to process meteorological and climate data
-The ability to perform the analysis and synthesis of atmospheric processes affecting growth and development of plants

Type of course unit:required
Year of study:Not applicable - the subject could be chosen at anytime during the course of the programme.
Work placement:There is no compulsory work placement in the course unit.
Recommended study modules:none
Assessment methods:oral exam

Students will receive the final credit after seminars passing and submission of protocols, which is a condition for passing exams. This is oral, in the form of 30-40 minute interview. Student will receive 6 questions and for successful exam is required 100% response in three of them and demonstrate minimal knowledge (at least 25%) of the remaining three.
Learning activities and study load (hours of study load)
Type of teaching methodDaily attendance
Direct teaching
     lecture24 h
     practice12 h
     consultation6 h
     preparation for exam40 h
     preparation for regular assessment16 h
     preparation for regular testing4 h
     elaboration of reports10 h
Total112 h

Basic reading list
  • ŽALUD, Z. Bioklimatologie. Praha: Mendelova univerzita v Brně, 2015. 168 p. ISBN 978-80-7509-189-5.
Recommended reading list
  • TOLASZ, R. et al. Atlas podnebí Česka = Climate atlas of Czechia. 1st ed. Praha: Český hydrometeorologický ústav ;, 2007. 255 p. ISBN 978-80-86690-26-1.
  • SVOBODA, J. -- ŽALUD, Z. Bioklimatologie: (návody do cvičení). 1st ed. Brno: Mendelova zemědělská a lesnická univerzita v Brně, 1997. 75 p. ISBN 80-7157-255-1.
  • ŽALUD, Z. et al. Změna klimatu a české zemědělství - dopady a adaptace. 10th ed. Brno: Folia Mendelovy zemědělské a lesnické univerzity v Brně, 2009. 154 p. 2. ISBN 978-80-7375-369-6.
  • HÁJKOVÁ, L. -- VOŽENÍLEK, V. -- TOLASZ, R. -- KOHUT, M. -- MOŽNÝ, M. -- NEKOVÁŘ, J. -- NOVÁK, M. -- REITSCHLAGER, J D. -- STŘÍŽ, M. -- VÁVRA, A. -- VONDRÁKOVÁ, A. Atlas fenologických poměrů Česka. 1st ed. Praha: Olomouc: ČHMÚ, Univerzita Palackého v Olomouci, 2012. ISBN 978-80-86690-98-8.