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91541 Monitoring Ecological Variability

6cp; 2hpw (lecture), 2hpw (computer lab)
There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.


With increasing pressures exerted on the environment and its land, marine and freshwater resources, societal demands for more quantitative, timely and accurate information on the functioning and sustainability of Earth's ecosystems have become more prominent. There is a recognised need for long-term monitoring studies and protocols for evaluating environmental change and for improved understanding and management of complex ecological systems. Monitoring is fundamental for objective detection and evaluation of long-term changes, and environmental responses to disturbance, climate change, natural disasters and certain resource management practices.

This subject introduces students to ecological monitoring techniques and approaches for characterisation of changing and dynamic environments, including: terrestrial, marine, coastal and urban ecological systems; ecosystem seasonality and climate studies; environmental health; biodiversity; and disturbance. This subject emphasises multi-scale monitoring programs from in-situ, sensor network and tower-based measurements to satellite remote sensing, and assesses existing national and international ecological monitoring programs including TERN and IMOS. Topics and practicals cover time series analysis (anomalies and trends), and mapping and monitoring of the temporal dynamics of the environment at local, regional and global scales.

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Autumn session, City campus

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