Introduction to Aquatic Environments


This module will further understanding of aquatic environmental systems and processes by examining physical and chemical cycles and their influences on the biology of the inhabitants of these ecosystems. Students are introduced to the effects of human activities on water resources and the consequences for aquatic biodiversity. At the end of the module students will be able to apply knowledge of marine and freshwater environments, and use technical sampling skills, to assess aquatic habitats and understand how they can be affected by natural and man-made changes.

Lectures are complemented by a series of field and laboratory practicals that aim to familiarise you with the functioning of a variety of aquatic ecosystems and the use of sampling and recording techniques and analysis of data collected.

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