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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, geospatial, timely and accurate information on the functioning and sustainability of Earth's ecosystems have become more prominent. There is a recognised need for and importance of geospatial data and long-term monitoring protocols for evaluating environmental change and for improved understanding and management of complex ecological systems. Geospatial data layers, ranging from Earth observation satellites to geo-coded information from sensor, survey, and camera systems are fundamental for objective detection of long-term changes, and evaluation of environmental responses to disturbance, climate change, natural disasters and resource management practices.

This subject introduces students to geospatial ecological monitoring methods and approaches for characterising changing environments, including: terrestrial, coastal, marine, and urban ecological systems; phenology–climate interactions; environmental health; biodiversity; disturbance.; and resource management This subject emphasises multi-scale, geospatial monitoring programs involving field sensor networks, tower-based measurements, and satellite remote sensing.

Students study and evaluate existing national and international ecological monitoring programs including TERN and IMOS. Topics and practicals cover change detection, time series and trend analysis, and visualisation techniques for mapping and monitoring dynamic environments at local, regional and global scales.

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Autumn session, City campus

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