DETECTION, MAPPING AND MONITORING OF FLORA AND VEGETATION

DETECTION, MAPPING AND MONITORING OF FLORA AND VEGETATION

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Last update 30/06/2020 20:22
Code
95070
ACADEMIC YEAR
2020/2021
CREDITS
5 credits during the 1st year of 10589 CONSERVAZIONE E GESTIONE DELLA NATURA (LM-60) GENOVA
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR
BIO/02
LANGUAGE
Italian
TEACHING LOCATION
GENOVA (CONSERVAZIONE E GESTIONE DELLA NATURA)
semester
Annual
Teaching materials

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Knowledge and understanding - The course has the following learning goals: a) acquisition of the bases for the study of flora and habitat for environmental monitoring through different methods; b) basic elements of GIS cartography and its application for floristic cartography; c) different methods of environmental monitoring. Competences and skills - Specifically, the student will be able to: a) acquire the capability to make up a flora; b) apply different monitoring methods for different taxonomical group of plants; c) distinguish the main endemic and exotic species of an area; d) perform a GIS floristic cartography of an area; e) perform a floristic investigation according to national and international requisites and procedures; f) perform and apply a IBMR index in river environments.

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

Knowledge and understanding

The course has the following learning goals:

  • acquisition of the bases for the study of flora and habitat for environmental monitoring through different methods.
  • basic elements of GIS cartography and its application for floristic cartography.
  • different methods of environmental monitoring.

 

Competences and skills

Specifically, the student will be able to:

  • acquire the capability to make up a flora
  • apply different monitoring methods for different taxonomical group of plants
  • distinguish the main endemic and exotic species of an area
  • perform a GIS floristic cartography of an area
  • perform a floristic investigation according to national and international requisites and procedures
  • perform and apply a IBMR index in river environments

Teaching methods

Frontal lessons (32 h)

On the field visits and exercises with identification, inventory and tracking activities (16 h).

For the first semester, the lessons will be carried out in presence if possible, guaranteeing in any case the online fruition of the lessons, throughout synchronous or asynchronous video recording. The laboratory activities will be organized if possible in presence, possibly with several small groups.

All at presence activities will be carried out in compliance with the capacity limits of the classrooms/laboratories and maintaining the minimum distance among students, as provided for by the regulations in force following the COVID19 emergency.

Please refer to the AulaWeb platform for any specific updates to the teaching due to changes in the health and epidemiological situation.

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

The course will deal with the following main argument:

Flora

  • Description of flora. Characteristics of a flora.
  • How floras and sources of information are presented.
  • Floristic cartography.
  • Red lists and the definition of a standard method.

What is biodiversity and why to monitor

  • General environmental monitoring.
  • Why monitor biodiversity. Examples of species monitoring.
  • Detection for monitoring.
  • Genetic biodiversity: how to sample, phylogenetic diversity, relations between entities in a territory, phytogeography of proximate entities and populations.
  • Monitoring regulations and bodies responsible for its implementation.
  • Why to conserve biodiversity. How to conserve biodiversity.
  • Ex situ germplasm conservation

GIS methods and cartography

  • What is cartography and what is GIS. Examples of GIS maps.
  • Use of Qgis and its applications for floristic and vegetational cartography.
  • Practical test applications.

Flora detection techniques

  • Bryophytes, Fungi and Lichens, vascular species.
  • Detection of aquatic macrophytes.
  • Use of indexes for the evaluation of macrophytes as an expression of the state of conservation of water courses.

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

A copy of the slides projected during the lectures is available on AulaWEB at the site https://2020.aulaweb.unige.it

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Ricevimento: Anytime, fixed upon request by telephone and by e-mail (minuto@dipteris.unige.it)

Exam Board

MAURO MARIOTTI (President)

MIRCA ZOTTI

GABRIELE CASAZZA

LUIGI MINUTO (President Substitute)

LAURA CORNARA (Substitute)

LESSONS

Teaching methods

Frontal lessons (32 h)

On the field visits and exercises with identification, inventory and tracking activities (16 h).

For the first semester, the lessons will be carried out in presence if possible, guaranteeing in any case the online fruition of the lessons, throughout synchronous or asynchronous video recording. The laboratory activities will be organized if possible in presence, possibly with several small groups.

All at presence activities will be carried out in compliance with the capacity limits of the classrooms/laboratories and maintaining the minimum distance among students, as provided for by the regulations in force following the COVID19 emergency.

Please refer to the AulaWeb platform for any specific updates to the teaching due to changes in the health and epidemiological situation.

LESSONS START

The lessons of the first semester will start from September 23, 2020, and they will be completed by January 16, 2021. The lessons of the second semester will start from February 16, 2021 and will end by June 11, 2021. Refer to the detailed timetable below link:

https://easyacademy.unige.it/portalestudenti/

EXAMS

Exam description

The final exam will be oral on the complete program of the course (Module 1), and it will constitute the 50% of the final vote. Partial grades are valid for the current academic year.

Please refer to the AulaWeb platform for any specific updates to the teaching due to changes in the health and epidemiological situation.

Assessment methods

The exam is aimed at assessing the knowledge of the fundamental elements of the subject, the ability to link the various topics and the mastery of the application aspects

FURTHER INFORMATION

Frequency strongly recommended.

Regular attendance is strongly recommended especially for field exercises. Students will have to provide adequate clothing for excursions (boots).