APPLIED GEOMORPHOLOGY AND HABITAT
Introduction to Marine Physical Geography, Geobiology, Invertebrate zoology (base level) or systematic and general Palaeontology
- Written and Oral examination
Written: ten question with multiple choice. Practical test about habitat mapping on a computer provided by the teachers.
Oral: short discussion about the written and practical tests.
Marks are given as n/30. Minimum positive value is 18/30
To provide knowledge on traditional and new advanced techniques used to characterise, map and model the distribution and extent of marine benthic habitats. To provide students with the necessary knowledge and practical experience to develop marine habitat maps; to identify and classify, when relevant, the main types of bioconstruction; to recognize the dominant habitat engineers and their relationship with the abiotic components, within an ecosystem approach.
ecosystem management, are explained and discussed using case histories.
Laboratory activities will offer the students the opportunity to use traditional and new advanced methods and techniques for mapping and modelling the distribution of marine benthic habitats.
Introduction to biogeomorphology: interplay between organisms and geomorphology in submerged environments. Mediterranean marine bioconstructions: from the shallow shelf to the bathyal zone. Examples of bioconstructions from tropical reef environments.
Applied submarine geomorphology for ecosystem based management: the role of habitat mapping.
Habitat mapping, characterization and classification. The use of surrogates in habitat mapping practice. Habitat suitability models. Habitat mapping and ecosystem-based management.
Tutorials: Habitat mapping and habitat characterization techniques.
Textbook and teaching resource
Seafloor Geomorphology as benthic habitat. 2011. Ed. by P.T.Harris and E.K. Baker. Elsevier.
A selection of scientific journal articles will be provided by the teachers.
- Lessons: 2+3 credits
- Tutorials: 1 credits