Finland, Helsinki

Environmental Impacts of Catchment from Headwaters to the Sea

when 8 August 2017 - 24 August 2017
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 5 ECTS
fee EUR 2130

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.

The course will be held at two field stations, Lammi Biological Station and Tvärminne Zoological Station and ends with an excursion to Askö Laboratory in Stockholm, Sweden.

The course contains lectures, excursions, fieldwork, group work and some laboratory work with water analyses. Excursions are made to different inland and coastal water bodies.

Course leader

Tiina Tulonen, Marko Reinikainen

Target group

Bachelor’s or Master’s students with basic knowledge in ecology, environmental or aquatic sciences.

Course aim

After completing the course, the students have knowledge of different Finnish aquatic 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 water quality and biology. They will also have learned basic sampling and analytical methods used in aquatic ecology.

Fee info

EUR 2130: Degree and PhD students. Includes the regular course fee (990 EUR) and special course fee with travel expenses to three research stations, accommodation and meals at the stations (1140 EUR).
EUR 2630: Professionals. Includes the regular course fee (1490 EUR) and special course fee with travel expenses to three research stations, accommodation and meals at the stations (1140 EUR).

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