Course code BOT270

BOT270 Nature Mapping

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Course responsible: Kari Klanderud
Teachers: Ida Marielle Mienna, Siri Lie Olsen, Siri Lie Olsen, Roar Økseter
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Faculty of Environmental Sciences 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 and a two overnigt trip).

2) The autumn semester:

  • Overview of the "Nature Types in Norway classification system".
  • Use of nature type data, nature type maps and modern technology for mapping and research. 
  • Production of nature type maps using data collected during the field course and GIS
  • Lectures and term paper
Learning outcome:


The student should gain knowledge 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 sucha 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.

General competence:

The course will further develop the students understanding of Norwegian nature diversity  and how to dovument and describe nature by using NiN.

Learning activities:
Fieldwork constitute an important part of the course. The emphasis of the field course is tho show different nature types and to explain the ecology behind those. Group exercises gives the students practical experience in mapping different nature types according to the Nature Types in Norway (NiN) classification system. Following this, the students will produce nature type maps using GIS. During the autumn semester, lectures focusing on NiN, nature type variations and the ecology behind those, use of nature type registrations and modern technology in mapping are given. The students shall write a term paper on a nature type of the students own choice, it's classification in NiN, ecology and management.
Teaching support:
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:

Natur i Norge (NiN 2.0) - en innføring i teorien og systemet.

Dokumentasjon av NiN versjon 2.1 tilrettelagt for praktisk naturkartlegging i målestokk 1:5000. 2017

Dokumentasjon av NiN versjon 2.1 tilrettelagt for praktisk naturkartlegging  utvalgte variabler fra beskrivelsessystemet. 2017

Feltveileder for terrestrisk NiN-kartlegging i målestokk 1:5000 og 1:20000

Hovedveileder for kartlegging av terrestrisk naturvariasjon etter NiN (2.2.0) utgave 1

Halvorsen, R., Bryn, A. & Erikstad, L. 2015. NiNs systemkjerne - teori, prinsipper og inndelingskriterier. Natur i Norge, Artikkel 1 (versjon 2.0.3): 1-328 

Litteratur og forelesninger vil bli lagt ut på studentenes Canvas. All litteratur om NiN ligger i tillegg på Studentene anbefales å bruke artsdatabankens nettsider «Utforsk Natur i Norge» til utfyllende informasjon. Det tas forbehold om endringer i forhold til ny litteratur som utarbeides om NiN.

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. All of the evaluated elements in the course must be passed to pass the course.
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 two overnight stays. 9 days of teaching in total during June. 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: :