The overall the aim of the course is to give deeper method knowledge within the ecological field by learning the participants to plan, carry out, compile, and critically review and evaluate ecological inventories and mappings. The course also gives skills that are intended to be applied within ecological environmental monitoring. On completion of the course, the student should:
be able to describe for all commonly occurring methods within ecological inventory and mapping activities.
be able to describe national monitoring programs in Sweden.
be able to understand and apply instructions in standardised monitoring program.
be able to evaluate and compare alternative methods for specific inventory and mapping purpose, and thereby be able to identify/justify the more relevant methods for different aims.
be able to independently plan and carry out good ecological inventories and mappings of various taxa.
be able to describe and evaluate the use of indicator species within environmental monitoring programs.
have practical experience in different field methods, mainly such applied in terrestrial environments.
be able to independently evaluate, compile and evaluate the results of ecological inventories and mappings.
be able to work with basic applications of GIS (geographic information system).
have a basic understanding of the statistical methods/models that are used for ecological observatory data and be able to apply and critically evaluate these methods.
have ability to produce and discuss inventory and mapping results orally and in writing.
The teaching is given as lectures, seminars and group assignments. Practical parts are concentrated to one week of field work.
Lectures and seminars during the first half of the course give a thorough orientation in common inventory and mapping methods and an overview of the statistical methods that are used for this type of studies. The emphasis lies here on terrestrial environments and biotic parameters, but examples from many different organism groups and habitats are included. Lectures also include GIS as well as programs for monitoring (for example Natura 2000) and environmental monitoring (e g The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency's environmental monitoring program NILS, National Inventory of the Landscape in Sweden) which is important instruments in the work for sustainable development. Applied elements occurs in this part of the course in the form of field trips and problem-oriented group assignments, intended to give practical experience in the methods that the course covers. The importance of inventories and mappings within applied nature conservation (for example before creation of nature reserves and environmental monitoring) is described and be discussed.
The second half of the course is dominated of practical elements. During one of the final weeks the students carry out a number of inventories and mappings in groups. These will include e g vascular plants, invertebrates and birds. These activities are planned in detail before the field week, and is compiled, evaluated and presented after the field week.
The progression and useful competences for future jobs are provided by exercises, where the students may apply their knowledge in ecology from earlier courses and use them in practical nature conservation.
Modules: Theory 7.5 credits; Exercises 7.5 credits
Lectures, seminars and group exercises.
The theory part is examined in a written examination equivalent to 7.5 credits. Participation in the parts of the field project is compulsory, which also applies participation in seminars and group assignments. The exercises equivalent to 7.5 credits are assessed during the course.