Course code BOT270

BOT270 Vegetation Mapping

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Course responsible: Marit Helene Lie, Marit Helene Lie
Teachers: Terje Gobakken, Knut Marius Hauglin
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Department of Ecology and Natural Resource Management
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Teaching exam periods:
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
Course contents:
1) Block teaching (2 weeks in June) with introductory lectures and field course (day excursions with one overnigt stay). 2) The whole autumn semester: Overview of Norwegian vegetation types, exercises in the use of vegetation maps and vegetation data using modern tecnology, production of vegetation map from the fieldcourse using digital tools (GIS). Lectures and term paper.
Learning outcome:


The student should gain knowledge of structure, ecology, and composition of species (diagnostically important species and any rare/red-list species) and central ideas on variation and distribution of Norwegian vegetation types. The students should maintain an understanding on how vegetation types reflect environmental conditions.


Use the knowledge of vegetationtypes to describe the properties of an area - soil conditions, hydrology, fertility, grazing value, endurance ability, extent and type of cultural influence. Analysing the consequences that different encroachments on nature have on vegetation and species diversity. Understanding field and theoretical ecological vegetation methods, including modern digital tools (GIS). The candidates should be able to use their knowledge about Norwegian vegetation types and nature types to identify and manage these in practical nature management situations at all levels (from municipalities/schools/local environments to the Fylkesmann/DN). In a management situation, students should be capable of identifying and limiting the boundaries of current vegetation/nature types in connection with nature protection, biological diversity, use ect.

General competence:

The course will develop the understanding of nature management and sensible management of biological diversity that students have gained throughout their whole study of nature management, especially by focusing on the responsibility that preservation authorities, municipalities and different sectors of society have for managing valuable nature types and the species diversity.

Learning activities:
The field work is an important part of the course,with excursions to demonstrate vegetation/nature types, mapping exercises in groups using digital technology (GIS), documentation of floristic composition, evaluation of biological diversity and human impacts, preparation of vegetation maps and thematic maps using GIS. Lectures: Review of Norwegian vegetation types with comments on ecology, floristic composition, vulnerability, variation and value for biodiversity. Exercise: production of vegetation map and additional information using GIS.
Teaching support:
Supervision of group projects and term papers will be arranged after agreement with the students.
The main book is Fremstad 1997: Norske vegetasjonstyper. Other literature: DN-Håndbok 13-1999 about valued nature types, and copies of articles, reports, etc. Note! Other relevant literature may be used in the course.
BOT100 and ECOL100.
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
Field course and lab excercises with accepted group report
Individual oral exam and term paper count 60% and 40%, respectively. Internal approval of group projects. in the course to pass the entire course. A passing grade is based on the overall quality of the entire evaluated material.
Nominal workload:
Structured lectures: ca. 130 hours. The students" own contributions in the form of semester assignment and report writing, preparation for lectures and reading for the final exam: ca. 170 hours.
Entrance requirements:
Special requirements in Science
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
June block: Field course/Day excursions with one overnight stay: 9 days. Autumn parallel: Lectures and lab/group work ca. 24 hours.
Deadline for registration: April 1st
An external examiner is used for the oral examination and the term papers.
Examination details: Continuous exam: A - E / Ikke bestått