Please note: the information in the course manual is binding.
After completion of this course, the student:
- understands the processes and mechanisms governing the interaction between biota and the hydrological cycle at different scales;
- understands how this knowledge can be applied in the practice of restoration ecology and studies of global change;
- has knowledge of how to collect meaningful ecohydrological data in the field.
This course is also available to students registered for the minor Water, Climate & Ecosystems. They have to contact Erika Dijksma (email@example.com) before 27 January 2020.|
The discipline of ecohydrology has been defined in many ways. The common denominator in these definitions, however, is that the discipline of ecohydrology studies the interactions between biota (including humans) and the hydrological cycle. The spatial scale of study ranges from the cellular level of plant stomata to the global scale.
The ecohydrology course focuses on the processes and mechanisms that govern the interaction between biota and the hydrological cycle and that operate over this large variety of scales. The outline of the course can be divided in three parts, following the different scales at which processes are studied.
The major part of the course deals with processes that operate on the local scale. It addresses interactions of individual plants and plant communities with their abiotic environment, including ground- and surface water regimes and biogeochemistry, and how knowledge of these interactions can be integrated and scaled up to study processes at the catchment scale. On a practical level, we will look at how knowledge of these interactions can be applied to conserve or restore water-dependent vegetation and habitats at the local level.
Additionally, the course will address soil-plant-atmosphere interactions on the global scale, focusing on the interactions between ecosystems or biomes and the global hydrological cycle and climate.
This course is the entry requirement for:
- Bachelor's thesis GSS, track WCE (GEO3-2422)
|Je moet voldoen aan de volgende eisen|
- Ingeschreven voor één van de volgende opleidingen
- Global Sustainability Science
- Liberal Arts and Sciences
Voorkennis kan worden opgedaan met
|• Elementary knowledge of chemical, ecological, hydrological and climatological processes. Bachelor students from Earth Sciences, Environmental Science or Biology will probably meet these criteria. If in doubt, please contact the coordinator.|
• Students Liberal Arts and Sciences must be registered for the major Water, Climate and Ecosystems.
|Processen in milieucompartimenten (GEO1-2141) or GSS-Natural Processes (GEO1-2412)|
Please Note: This course is also available to students registered for Milieu-natuurwetenschappen but only if Ecohydrology at level 3 (GEO3-2131) has been followed but has not been passed.
|Verplicht materiaal-Aanbevolen materiaal|
|We’ll be using a course reader, handouts and chapters from the following e-book:|
|Baird, A.J. and Wilby, R.L. (1999). Eco-hydrology. Plants and water in terrestrial and aquatic environments. Routledge, London, which is available on the UU library website for UU students as an e-book.|
Bijdrage aan groepswerkComputer tutorials (including reports) will be done in groups of two students.
AlgemeenThe course includes fieldwork, for which participation is obligatory. Travel to the fieldwork locations is at own expense.
Bijdrage aan groepswerkFieldwork and the analysis and presentation of the collected data will be done in small groups, for which equal contribution of all members is expected. Free-riding behaviour is reason for differentiation in grade, or even failing the course.
Voorbereiding bijeenkomstenYou are expected to be prepared for lectures by having read the appropriate book chapters or handouts.
BeoordelingSee study guide
Aspecten van academische vorming
| • Academisch denken, werken en handelen • Bestuderen en analyseren van informatie • Gebruiken van informatie- en communicatietechnologie ('computer literacy') • Samenwerken met anderen, werken in teamverband • Voorbereiden / opzetten van onderzoek • Materiaal / data verzamelen / produceren • Materiaal / data analyseren en verwerken • Rapporteren over onderzoek - schriftelijk |