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Course programme


Course programme & lecturers


22.2

15:30 Introduction to Husö biological station and course info (Mattila/Gullström)
16:30 Biology and ecology of coastal biotopes and structure and function of biodiversity (Mattila) An introduction to the biological and ecological structures and the functions of biodiversity in different parts of the Baltic Sea.
17:30 Dinner
19:00 Biology and ecology of coastal biotopes and structure and function of biodiversity - presentations of field methods and ongoing projects (Mattila)

23.2
9:00 Biology and ecology of coastal biotopes and structure and function of biodiversity (Olenin)
12:00 Lunch
13:00 Biology and ecology of coastal biotopes and structure and function of biodiversity (cont, Olenin)
15:00 Biology and ecology of coastal biotopes and structure and function of biodiversity Group discussions based on articles sent to the participants prior to the course and presentation of student projects.
17:30 Dinner
19:30 Group discussions and presentations (continued)

24.2
9:00 Mapping and modeling (mathematical and GIS) methods and applications (Lindegarth/von Numers) Conceptual and technical principles behind empirical and statistical modeling, and habitat mapping will be demonstrated in lectures and with practical exercises (modeling will be performed in ArcGIS, r-statistics and/or other relevant programs). Specific topics include: (a) the rationale for statistical modeling and its role in habitat mapping, (b) an introduction to linear and non-linear statistical models, (c) errors and uncertainty of habitat models, (d) mapping: implementation of habitat models into a geographic context (using GIS), and (e) the use of maps in decision-making and management.
12:00 Lunch
13:00 Mapping and modeling (mathematical and GIS) methods and applications (continued, Lindegarth/von Numers)
17:30 Dinner
19:00 Sauna

25.2
9:00 Mapping and modeling (mathematical and GIS) methods and applications (continued, Lindegarth/von Numers)
12:00 Lunch
13:00 Mapping and modeling (mathematical and GIS) methods and applications (continued, Lindegarth/von Numers)
17:30 Dinner
19:30 Presentations of student projects (continued)
 

26.2
9.00 Human threats on biotopes and biodiversity (lectures, Sundblad/Snickars) This part describes present and future concerns of sea uses, such as extraction of various resources, wind farming, navigational and recreational activities, habitat destruction/loss, and gives an introduction to how GIS can be applied in analysing the vulnerability of a set of sensitive ecosystem features present in the Baltic Sea. Key properties of the pressures as well as the sensitive marine habitats and species are briefed.
12:00 Lunch
13:00 Human threats on biotopes and biodiversity (practical exercises, Sundblad/Snickars)
17:30 Dinner
19:30 Presentations of student projects (continued)

27.2
9:00 Economic foundations for protection of biodiversity in the Baltic Sea (Ollikainen/Kosenius) This part includes theoretical descriptions/definitions/methodologies and practical examples/analyses on the ecological value of ecosystem goods and services of the Baltic Sea. Cost-benefits analysis as well as agreements and mechanisms will also be briefed.
12:00 Lunch
13:00 Economic foundations for protection of biodiversity in the Baltic Sea (practical exercises, Ollikainen/Kosenius) This part includes examples of applications such as cost-benefit analysis.
17:30 Dinner
19:00 Sauna

28.2
9:00 Economic foundations for protection of biodiversity in the Baltic Sea (lectures continued, Ollikainen/Kosenius)
12:00 Lunch
13:00 Economic foundations for protection of biodiversity in the Baltic Sea (practical exercises continued, Ollikainen/Kosenius) This part includes valuation of goods and services, methodologies and construction of a decision support system upon valuation results.
17:30 Dinner

1.3
9:00 Practical management of coastal areas and use of mapping and modeling results and economical evaluations as basis of decision making (Backer/Lindblad/Weslawski) This part will give an introduction to real world decision making through lectures and demonstrations given by environmental authorities and experts dealing with practical management of coastal areas in the Baltic Sea.
12:00 Lunch
13:00 Practical management of coastal areas and use of mapping and modeling results and economical evaluation as basis of decision making (Backer/Lindblad/Weslawski, continued)
17:30 Dinner
19:00 Evaluation of case studies (group work)
Case studies are chosen from different parts of the Baltic Sea. Participants will work in groups to evaluate the use and outcome of previous mapping and modeling as well as doing economical evaluation practices (case studies chosen by the tutors) in real management cases. Another topic is to create own evaluations on additional (real or hypothetical) case studies. The definite contents of this part will be dependent on the student group and their previous qualifications. Thus, the focus may be put on modeling exercises or on economic exercises or (preferably) a combination of them.

2.3
9:00 Evaluation of case studies (continued)
12:00 Lunch
13:00 Excursion

3.3
9:00 Evaluation of case studies, group presentations
12:00 Lunch
13:00 Departure

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