APPLIED ECOLOGY

APPLIED ECOLOGY

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Code
98070
ACADEMIC YEAR
2019/2020
CREDITS
5 credits during the 1st year of 10720 ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING (LM-35) GENOVA
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR
BIO/07
TEACHING LOCATION
GENOVA (ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING )
semester
2° Semester
modules
This unit is a module of:
Teaching materials

AIMS AND CONTENT

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

The applied ecology course is expected to give the basic knowledge regarding ecology and ecosystems together with the knowledge of the methods for the evaluation of the heath state of the natural system and of the sustainability level of environmental systems. The student will be able to face ecological issues and the challenges of a sustainable management of complex environmental systems.

Specifically, the student will be able to:

  • analyze natural systems by means of whole system methodology

  • evaluate the complexity and functioning of natural

  • evaluate causes and effects of natural systems alteration

  • assess the sustainability level of territories, productive systems and populations

  • apply the concepts to study cases

Teaching methods

Lessons are mainly based on taught classes with several practical exercises aiming at fixing and evaluating the knowledge and learning level.

Taught classes take advantage of diverse multimedia supports.

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

ECOLOGY and ECOSYSTEMS - basic concepts and backgrownd

HEALTH AND INTEGRITY OF ECOSYSTEMS – natural system health as an emergent property – system approaches to environmental health assessment – exergy analysis – network analysis – health index VOR

ECOLOGICAL MODELLING – methods for the analysis of environmental data – techniques for the tmporal series – techniques for spatial data analysis – model development steps – verification and validation of ecological models – goodness of fit measures – accuracy and precision of ecological models

ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY – definition and history of sustainability concept – sustainability as an emergent property of anthropic systems – sustainability measures – ecological footprint – emergy analysis – life cycle assessment – greenhouse gas accounting – growth and development in a sustainable context – measure of economic sustainability vs environmental sustainability – index of sustainable economic well being

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

Lessons and multimedia files employed during classes will be available on AulaWeb repository at the end of every classes cycle.

The suggested books are to be intended as further supporting material. The list is not complete and other texts may be used. Many of the suggested titles are available at the UNIGE library

Basi di ecologia. Eugene P. Odum; Piccin-Nuova Libraria
Fundamentals of ecological modelling. S.E. Jorgensen te al.; Elsevier
Energy Basis for Man and Nature, H.T. Odum McGraw Hill Higher Education
La soglia della sostenibilità. E. Tiezzi et al.; Donzelli ed
Analysing ecological data. Zuur, Ieno, Smith. Springer

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Ricevimento: Students and lecturer will agree upon office hours by appointment

LESSONS

Teaching methods

Lessons are mainly based on taught classes with several practical exercises aiming at fixing and evaluating the knowledge and learning level.

Taught classes take advantage of diverse multimedia supports.

LESSONS START

The final exam is an oral one and at least 3 topics treated during classess will be evaluatred.

Three rounds will be fixed during winter session (jan-feb) and 3 during summer session (jun, jul and sep).

EXAMS

Exam description

The final exam is an oral one and at least 3 topics treated during classess will be evaluatred.

Three rounds will be fixed during winter session (jan-feb) and 3 during summer session (jun, jul and sep).

Assessment methods

 

Details on final exam will be given durin classes together with information regarding the level of accuracy needed for each argument.

The oral will be focused on the main arguments treated during classes and it is trageted to the evaluation of both the level of knowledge and the ability to apply theoretical concepts to real management issues.

Beside the level of knowledge the clear speaking ability is a matter of evaluation.

FURTHER INFORMATION

It is recommended to attend classes