Aquatic Ecosystem Management

Marine Ecosystems


1. To provide an understanding of estuarine and coastal marine ecosystems and the causes, effects, assessment and control of pollution, enrichment and eutrophication in these systems.

2. To develop skills in field and laboratory studies of marine and estuarine ecosystems and in the critical evaluation and reporting of such studies.

Module Content:

The ecology of estuaries, coastal waters, shores and sediments.

Estuarine and coastal biota, with particular reference to the benthos.

Marine ecosystem concept, water stratification and circulation and biogeochemical cycling.

Eutrophication: introduction, nutrient cycling, hydrography, plankton and examples of eutrophication; simple predictive models.

Biological and ecological effects of marine pollution disturbance and stress.

The estuarine and coastal marine benthic environment with particular reference to sediment characteristics and processes and the effects of benthic pollution and organic enrichment.

Seawater and seabed sampling and analysis for the study of physico-chemical and biological characteristics of the estuarine and marine environment with specific reference to nutrient enrichment.

Numerical analysis of physico-chemical and biological data.

Hydrographic surveys, effluent transport, dilution and dispersion, including modelling.

(Module includes 1 field trip)

MSc Aquatic Ecosystem Management

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