PLEASE NOTE! This course was held in 2015, new courses will be arranged in 2017
Bachelor or master level students having basic knowledge in ecology, environmental or aquatic sciences.
This course introduces students to the overall picture of environmental impact on the Baltic Sea. It will do so by analysing the role of catchment area and inland waters in the water quality and eutrophication of coastal waters. During the intensive field course the students will learn how land management, control of water pollution and ambient ecosystem dynamics affect water quality and ecosystems and how this changes on the way from headwaters along the river basin to the Baltic Sea. The course will give a deeper understanding of the nutrient processes and their spatial and temporal dynamics in catchments and coastal areas, including transportation, modification and retention of nutrients and organic material.
After completing the course, the students have knowledge of different Finnish freshwater ecosystems from headwaters to coastal waters of the Baltic Sea. Students will have gained insights into how the land use in catchment areas affects the freshwater quality and biology. They will also have learned basic sampling and analytical methods used in freshwater ecology
Course format and teaching methods
The course contains lectures, excursions, fieldwork, group work and some laboratory work with water analyses. Excursions are made to different kinds of inland and coastal water bodies.
Articles will be handed out during the course.
Teachers and lecturers
The course is led by Dr Eeva Einola, researcher at Lammi Biological Station and Dr Marko Reinikainen, researcher at Tvärminne Zoological Station. Lectures and coursework are given by several researchers working on aquatic sciences at the University of Helsinki. See preliminary course programme for 2015 for examples.
Means and criteria of assessment
Assessment is based on class participation and activity, group exercises and on completed personal essay. Students are divided into 4–5 groups. Items for group exercises and for personal essay are given during the Viikki Campus period. Syntheses of group exercises are presented at the stations.
Assessment: participation during lectures and fieldwork 40%, group exercise 40% and essay 20%.
Grading scale: 5 = excellent 4 = very good 3 = good 2 = average 1 = poor 0 = fail.
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Last updated January 22, 2016