BOT270 Nature Mapping
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Course responsible: Kari Klanderud
Teachers: Ida Marielle Mienna, Roar Økseter
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management
Teaching language: NO
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This course starts in June block. This course has teaching/evaluation in Autumn parallel, June block, .
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2004-2005
Students enrolled in B-ØN, then M-NF and M-ECOL. Then student with solid knowledge of ecology, botany and GIS.
Fieldwork constitute an important part of the course. The emphasis of the field course is to show different nature types and to explain the ecology underlying those. Group exercises give the students practical experience in mapping different nature types according to the Nature Types in Norway (NiN) classification system. The field course ends with a GIS-lab where the students will produce nature type maps using GIS. During the autumn semester the students continues to work with GIS and attend lectures focusing on NiN, nature type variations and the ecology behind those, use of nature type registrations and modern technology in mapping. The students shall write a term paper on a nature type of the students own choice, it's classification in NiN, ecology and management.
The student should gain knowledge on Norwegian nature and the classificationsystem NiN, the structure, ecology and species composition, diagnostic species of norwegian nature types and central ideas on variation and distribution of Norwegian nature types. The students shall gain understanding of covariation between nature types and environmental factors.
Be able to map, identify and define relevant nature types. Be able to apply knowledge on nature types to describe properties such as soil conditions, hydrology, fertility, endurance ability, extent and type of cultural influence of a given area. Be able to assess consequences of different encroachments in different nature types, with emphasis on biological diversity.
The course will further develop the students understanding of Norwegian nature diversity and how to dovument and describe nature by using NiN.
Field course over two weeks in June. Teacher-led presentations in the field and student-led mapping tasks in small groups.
GIS lab with group submission of digitized habitat type maps and mapping report.
Semester assignment with presentation during the writing process to promote discussion and feedback between students.
Supervision of group projects and term papers will be arranged after agreement with the students.
Lectures, in addition to the following, available in Norwegian only:
Setter naturen i system. Natur i Norge (NiN). Artsdatabanken
Natur i Norge (NiN 2.0) - en innføring i teorien og systemet.
Beskrivelse av kartleggingsenheter i målestokk 1:5000 etter NiN (2.2.0), Bratli m.fl. 2019
Veileder for beskrivelsessystemet for kartlegging av terrestrisk naturvariasjon etter NiN (2.2.0), Halvorsen & Bratli 2019.
Feltveileder for kartlegging av terrestrisk naturvariasjon etter NiN (2.2.0). Bryn & Ullerud 2018
Hovedveileder for kartlegging av terrestrisk naturvariasjon etter NiN (2.2.0) - Utgave 1. Bryn, Halvorsen & Ullerud 2018
BOT100, ECOL100 or ECOL200 and LAD102.
Field course and GIS lab excercises with accepted group report
Individual oral exam and term paper count 60% and 40%, respectively. All of the evaluated elements in the course must be passed to pass the course.
Structured lectures: ca. 110 hours. The students" own contributions in the form of semester assignment and report writing, preparation for lectures and reading for the final exam: ca. 140 hours.
Special requirements in Science
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Type of course:
June block: Field course/Day excursions with two overnight stays. Approximately10 days of teaching in total during June. Autumn parallel: Lectures and lab/group work ca. 24 hours.
An external examiner is used for the oral examination and the term papers.
Examination details: Combined assessment: Letter grades