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PREHAB PhD course

22 Feb – 3 March 2011
Husö biological station, Åland Islands, Finland

Ecological, economical and institutional challenges for spatial planning in the Baltic

- a multidisciplinary introductory course on ecological mapping and economic valuation of coastal areas

The aim of the course is to give a multidisciplinary training-course on mapping and evaluation of biodiversity and ecosystem services in the Baltic Sea.

In the future, there will be an increasing need both in science and decision making of experts having multidisciplinary knowledge of environmental patterns and processes, effects of human activities and different mitigation options, inclusive social impacts. This course will provide a first stepping stone to students and young scientists pursuing towards these goals within spatial planning of the Baltic Sea.

Students from different scientific disciplines will gain a joint overall view of different aspects and challenges of ecological mapping and economic valuation of coastal areas in the Baltic Sea. Also, current state and future prospects, needs of scientific basis and use of mapping and modeling methods in practical decision making and coastal planning will be clarified.

The course is divided in six modules:

1) An introduction to the biological and ecological structures and the functions of biodiversity in different parts of the Baltic Sea is given.

2) Different views on mapping and modeling methods of biotopes are presented and demonstrated. Also, challenges for mapping and modeling are treated.

3) An introduction to importance and distribution of threats to biotopes and biodiversity due to human activities is given.

4) An introduction to environmental politics and economic valuation of ecosystem goods and services is given.

5) An introduction to practical management aspects and applications of spatial mapping and modeling of biotopes as well as political-economical impacts on decision making and management of coastal areas will be enlightened.

6) Finally, students will perform own evaluations of different case studies.

The different course components will be integrated to give an introduction to practical management aspects and applications of spatial mapping and modeling of biotopes as well as to enlightening political-economical impacts on decision making and management of coastal areas. Emphasis of the final program will be adjusted according to the background of the selected participants.

The total number of students is 16, chosen from the entire Baltic region.

Credits: 5 ECT

Organizers & sponsors

This course was arranged by BONUS project PREHAB and Husö biological station, Marine- and Environmental Biology at Åbo Akademi University.

Financial aid has been given by the BONUS EEIG programme, University of Gothenburg graduate school "Marine Sustainable Ecosystems" and Stiftelsen för Åbo Akademi forskningsinstitut.

Contact

Dr Martin Snickars, Marine- and Environmental Biology, Åbo Akademi University, martin.snickars@abo.fi
Tfn: 35 82 215 3450

Dr Martin Gullström, Sven Lovén Centre, University of Gothenburg, martin.gullstrom@marecol.gu.se
Tfn: 46 709 202 140

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