LNAK10095U Restoration of European Ecosystems and Freshwaters
MSc Programme in Environmental Science
The specific topic of the course will change from year to year depending on the location of the field course and not all of the following topics will be taught every year. The topics comprise: Geochemical processes, geomorphology, biogeochemical cycles of C, N, P, O and trace elements, atmospheric deposition, soil hydrology and soil physical properties, soil erosion, groundwater and surface waters, transport processes, systems for sampling, analysis and monitoring of pollutants in soil and groundwater, quality assurance, the retention, degradation and bioavailability of organic pollutants, heavy metals, soil acidification, radio nuclides, eutrophication, conservation of C in terrestrial ecosystems, liberation of green house gases (CO2, CH4, N2O), quantification of air, soil and water quality, (bio)remediation, modelling tools for quantification of fluxes and mass balances, restoration and conservation of landscapes/natural resources, quality criteria for soil and water, local practises used in multifunctional land use management, national and EU environmental policy and legislation applied to management of soil and water resources, links between environmental quality and health, conflicts between different groups of users (rural/urban areas, ornithologists/hunters, tourists/local population, ...).
The main objective of the course is to apply natural science theory and methods to actual environmental and biodiversity issues at field scale. To get a closer look at restoration of ecosystems and freshwaters in order achieve the goals set in the Habitat Directive and the Water Framework Directive in northern Europe. The European context plays a key role in the course when the students cooperate to solve environmental problems in groups of international students with different educational background.
After completing the course the student should be able to:
Identify and express natural science theory relevant to understand environmental issues and problems.
Quote new tools for sampling, analysis and modelling of environmental issues within environmental chemistry and biology.
Apply natural science methods to full-scale environmental restoration observed in the field.
Assess and evaluate impacts of the use of natural resources on environment, ecosystem and health in northern Europe.
Communicate efficiently with ICT to solve problems in international groups of fellow students, and reflect on intercultural communication in international cooperation.
Apply theory and adequate methods on restoration of complex ecosystems and freshwaters observed in the field, and discuss and evaluate interdisciplinary solutions.
Work independently and cooperate interdisciplinary in groups of international students.
see Absalon for list of course literature
see examples on course literature:
- Selected book chapters, reports, articles, maps - to be presented at the course e-learning platform or distributed at the excursion part of the course.
- Lecture notes (presented at the course web)
- Relevant web pages.
Full program students at SCIENCE pay 500 euro for food and accommodation + expenses for travelling between home and location of the field course. Non-EU citizens: ask course responsible.
- Project work
Application deadline 1st March in separate form: www.euroleague-study.org | summer courses | Restoration of European Ecosystems and Freshwaters
- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Continuous assessmentThe portfolio consists of 4-5 assignments (video, oral or written) + active participation in e-learning activities and discussions. The total volume of the portfolio is 1-2 videos (10 min each) + 8-10 pages per student.
- Exam registration requirements
Minimum 75% active participation in all course elements
- All aids allowed
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
Several internal examiners
Oral examination based on the portfolio.
Criteria for exam assesment
In order to obtain the grade 12 the student should convincingly and accurately demonstrate the knowledge, skills and competences described under Learning Outcome