Practical sampling of soil, water and bioindicators in terrestrial, freshwater and marine environments, followed by laboratory analyses and statistical analyses, including planning of sampling and chose of methods in relation to the purpose of the sampling. Emphasis will be on comparison and discussion of the suitability of different methods in relation to strengths and weaknesses of collected data, time consumption and scientific experience. There will be strong focus on reporting and presentation of the different sub-projects included in the course. Principles of Environmental Impact Assesment (VVM) are presented by guest teachers.
Completed BSc in Biology or equivalent.
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Having concluded the course, the participants are expected to be able to plan and conduct adequate sampling of water, soil and plant material in relation to environmental problems, to perform correct statistical data treatment and presentation of the results and to communicate the findings and conclusions written and oral to end-users.
Theoretical and practical knowledge about common-practice sampling methodology to evaluate nature quality and pollution of the most important natural environments (terrestrial ecosystems, lakes, streams and sea), including which bioindicators and physical-chemical parameters that are most relevant in specific cases.
Improved hands-on experience with field sampling, laboratory analyses and statistical data treatment, including planning and choice of methodology in relation to the environmental problem to be investigated. Critical analysis of results obtained in relation to methodology, available resources and expertise. Improved experience with presentation of findings.
Ability to independently plan, conduct and report environmental analyses. Qualifications to critically evaluate similar investigations, reported by others.