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GIS Based Analysis of Ecosystem Services

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NOVA PhD course of 2 ECTS, organised by Prof. Timo Tokola, University of Eastern Finland - School of Forest Sciences.
Course dates and location: 4-8 Sept. 2017 in Joensuu, Finland.

Course Description and Content
The course is focusing on GIS based quantitative analysis of ecosystem services. We will have preliminary reading and Moodle exercises, lectures, computer exercises, study tour and final practical work. The following issues are covered:

  1. biophysical realism of ecosystem data and models
  2. consideration of local trade-offs
  3. recognition of off-site effects
  4. comprehensive but critical involvement of stakeholders within assessment studies
  5. ALS based analysis of ecosystem services - wildlife habitats and land use
  6. spatial analyses of habitats and recreational values - Heureka approach in forest management planning

Programme Outline

  • preliminary reading and distant literature review exercises (Tokola)
  • 1.5 - 2 days programme by Sven Lautenbach (lectures + computer exercises)
  • kick-off sauna and dinner during the first evening
  • 1 day programme by Markus Melin (lectures + computer exercises)
  • 1 day programme for SLU (Heureka approach) (lectures + computer exercises)
  • 1 night field trip in Erä-Eero wild-life lodge premises (wild life issues: wolverines and wolves in Finnish landscape, lecture and discussion about local trade-offs)
  • wrap-up seminar and final steps for practical work
  • practical computer work completed after 5 day period

Pre-/Post-Campus Assignments
Pre-/post-campus assignments are required.

  • pre: short literature review of selected articles
  • post: Specific GIS analysis using Erä-Eero data

Learning Outcomes

  1. Knowledge: After completing the course, the student will understand the modern tools for quantitative analysis of ecosystem services
  2. Skills: After completing the course, the student will comprehend the most advanced GIS and remote sensing based skills and techniques to be used to analyse complex land use problems.
  3. Competence: We want to understand cause and effect relationships between land use practice and effects on the environment and on human well-being. To achieve this goal, it is important to assess the current state of the environment, the delivery of its services and the demand for the services. This analysis has to be completed by the GIS based assessment of man-made infrastructure and the state of human well-being.

Evaluation Elements
Completed exercises and active participation in the field trip

Pedagogical Approach
The pedagogical approach is based on active participation through preliminary work, practical exercises and field trip.

Estimated Workload

  • 20 hours independent work
  • 16 hours lecture
  • 14 hours computer room exercises
  • 10 hours study tour
  • 1 hour seminar

Prerequisite Knowledge
Essentials of GIS & Remote sensing, some understanding on spatial statistics

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Published 26. January 2017 - 10:07 - Updated 3. April 2018 - 16:12

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