Coastal Ecology and Global Change in the Antropocene
Inngår i studieprogram
BIO404 Fisheries Oceanography, BIO407 Applied Fish Ecology and BIO405 Pollution of Coastal and Marine Ecosystems
After completing the course, the students will:
be able to provide an overview of how the Earth functions as a dynamically interactive system
be able to integrate knowledge and values within the context of environmental issues, particularly global change
be able to promote an understanding of the causes and complexity of major global and regional environmental problems
be able to use a range of tools for coastal planning and management
be able to describe how a broad range of human activities affect coastal environments
have developed an understanding of the multidisciplinary nature of the management of coastal environments
The course gives an overview of the most important groups of environmental processes in term of their operation, complexities and natural and human interactions. Topics covered include coastal oceanography, coastal ecosystems (i.e. kelp forests, eelgrass beds, soft bottom systems, mangroves, coral reefs, oyster reefs), land-sea interactions, eutrophication, regime changes, ecosystem services, the global climate system and climate change, natural hazards, water in the environment, landform development, sustainability of the earth´s resources, ecosystems and biodiversity, population growth and indigenous issues relating to the coastal ecology. The course also examines the impact of human activities on coastal and marine environments. It explores the complex relationships between the ecological and social values of these environments and outlines strategies and tools for their management.
Arbeidsformer og arbeidsomfang
Instruction is provided in the form of lectures and seminar/fieldwork exercises (workshops) including reports. Instruction will be given in English, but if only Norwegian-speaking students attend, the teaching language will be Norwegian. Information will be given in Canvas at the start of the course.
Estimated student workload in this course is 270 hours.
Vilkår for å gå opp til eksamen
100 % compulsory attendance to all seminar/fieldwork exercises including approval of reports and an oral presentation of a given topic.
More information about the reports and oral presentation is given in Canvas by the start of the semester.
3-hour written individual examination. Graded assessment A-F. 38
Studieprogramleder i samråd med studenttillitsvalgt fastsetter evalueringsform og om emnene skal ha midtveis- eller sluttevaluering, jf. kvalitetssystemet kapittel 4.1. Informasjon om evalueringsform for emnet publiseres i Canvas.