NBIK12007U Thematic course 1: Ecology and Management of Nature and Semi-Nature Areas
- Biodiversity: Diversity and species-richness patterns and quantitative measures
- Habitat Directive and Paragraph 3 areas
- After ice-age development of climate and communities and processes (including leaching, acidification and eutrophication) in lakes, terrestrial vegetation and soils.
- Recent 200 years development of the landscape (forest types, meadows, wetlands
- Quantitative regulation, rates of carbon deposition in forests and wetlands and evaluation of CO2 emissions and sustainable energy production.
- Ecological restoration of nature habitats and natural hydrology in landscapes.
- Conflicts of onterests among users of nature and semi-nature areas.
- Ecologically founded management principles of landscapes and nature habitats.
After completing the course the student must have gained
the following knowledge, skills and competencies:
- The student must obtain knowledge on the value of physical-biological indices describing the value of different types of nature habitats.
- The student must obtain knowledge on patterns of biodiversity on international, national and local scales and the measures required for the analyses.
- The student must obtain knowledge on the ecological foundation of different management strategies and their influence on the environmental and biological quality of different natural habitats.
- The student must be able to evaluate the concepts and elements involved in sustainability and ecological footprints.
- The students must obtain knowledge on the economic value of forest for biodiversity, recreation, hunting and tree production.
- The student must obtain knowldge on how climate has been and is changing and what the couplings are to human impacts.
- The students must obtain knowledge on carbon dynamics in relation to global climate and how human interprices and nature managements types influence the overall balance.
- The student must be able to use abiotic-biotic methods to classify freshwater and terrestrial habitats according to national and international directives.
- The student must be able to perform analyses of environmental and biological conditions, including indices of biodiversity, couple them and evaluate them by simple quantitative-statistical methods using excel-programmes in different terrestrial, freshwater and semi-aquatic habitats.
- The student must be able to perform measurements of the contemporary and historical conditions in lakes based on water and sediment analyses.
- The student must be able to calculate and evaluate the biodiversity, the quality of nature and the economy associated with different production methods in forest types.
- The student must be able to calculate and evaluate different types of nature management and offer guidance to the most suitable methods under the specified conditions.
- The student must be able to quantify the retention or loss of carbon and its relation to atmospheric carbon dioxide on a national and regional scale involving towns, traffic, industry, agriculture and initiatives in different types of habitat management in nature.
- The student must be able to work in inter-disciplinary groups aiming at developing evidence based optimal management strategies.
- The student must be able to work interdisciplinary to offer solutions to minimize release of carbon dioxide and optimize retention of organic carbon in agricultural and nature areas.
- The studenst must be able to communicate ecology and nature management to a broader, non-professional audience.
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- 15 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Written assignmentWritten examination, 4 hours under invigilationApproval of written reports and oral presentations.
4-hours written examination with computer including: multiple-choice (35%), quantitative analyses of biodiversity patterns or time development of climate and ecological processes (40%) and essay on nature management (25%).
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- External censorship
Criteria for exam assesment
- Practical exercises
- Project work
- Theory exercises