Course code BOT270

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
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
40 students
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
Preferential right:
Students enrolled in B-ØN, then M-NF and M-ECOL. Then student with solid knowledge of ecology, botany and GIS.
Course contents:
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 behind those. Group exercises gives 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 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.
Learning outcome:


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.

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:

1) Block teaching (2 weeks in June) with introductory lectures and field course (day excursions and a two overnight trip) and a GIS-lab.

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 GISLectures and term paper
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:

Setter naturen i system. Natur i Norge (NiN). Artsdatabanken

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

Veileder for beskrivelsessystemet for kartlegging av terrestrisk naturvariasjon etter NiN (2.2.0). Halvorsen & Bratli

Feltveileder for kartlegging av terrestrisk naturvariasjon etter NiN (2.2.0). Bryn & Ullerud, UiO

Hovedveileder for kartlegging av terrestrisk naturvariasjon etter NiN (2.2.0) utgave 1. Bryn & Ullerud, UiO

BOT100, ECOL100 and LAD102.
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. 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.
Entrance requirements:
Special requirements in Science
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
June block: Field course/Day excursions with two overnight stays. Approximately 10 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: Combined assessment: Letter grades