What is a landscape? How has it evolved? How do we perceive landscapes? What properties are required to make us feel at home? Are you interested in these topics and want to understand how landscapes function? Then this is the course for you! We will present the discipline of Landscape Ecology, where natural and social sciences meet. You will realize how innovative and collaborative approaches used in Landscape Ecology allow land managers, planners and the public to shape landscapes for future societies. We will teach you the modern tools of Landscape Ecology enabling you to address fundamental research questions. You will also get valuable practical advice in solving existing real landscape issues.Leading Landscape Ecology professors will present case studies from around the world, highlighting tools and methods in Landscape Ecology and how they are used to solve environmental problems.
Unit 1 Landscape Ecology Foundations This unit introduces you to the definitions and important concepts of Landscape Ecology. It also explores the forces that shape our landscapes. 1.1 Introduction to Landscape Ecology 1.2 Drivers of Landscape Patterns Unit 2 Land System ModellingThis unit focuses on quantitative assessments and the modelling of landscapes, mostly from a natural science perspective. 2.1 Theory: Landscape Modelling 2.2 Case Study: Oil Exploration and Rare Plant Conservation 2.3 Theory: Landscape Metrics 2.4 Case Study: The Impacts of Transport Infrastructure in Iran on Wildlife Habitat2.5 Theory: Remote Sensing 2.6 Case Study: Urbanisation in the Maldives2.7 Case Study: Coral Bleaching in the Maldives (optional)Unit 3 Landscape and SocietyThis unit focuses on the socio-economic aspects of landscape science and the interface between people and the environment. 3.1 Theory: Landscape Perception 3.2 Case study: Renewable Energy and Landscape Conflicts 3.3 Theory: Ecosystem Services and Valuation 3.4 Case study: Land Ethics 3.5 Theory: Urban Ecology 3.6 Case study: Urban Ecology in Bangalore
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