AB-335 Ecosystem-based Management of Arctic Marine Systems (10 ECTS)

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ID:
AB-335
CREDITS:
10 ECTS
START DATE:
September 2018
END DATE:
October 2018
COURSE PERIOD:
Autumn semester (September–October), annually. The course is cancelled in 2017.
LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION AND EXAMINATION:
English
CREDIT REDUCTION/OVERLAP:
10 ECTS with AB-835
GRADE:
Letter grade (A through F)
COURSE MATERIAL:
Primary scientific literature: 300–350 pages, in addition to lectures
COURSE COSTS:
Fieldwork, ca. NOK 3200 (16 days x NOK 200 per overnight stay)
COURSE CAPACITY MIN/MAX:
8/15 students (AB-335/835 in total)
EXAMINATION SUPPORT MATERIAL:
Bilingual dictionary between English and mother tongue
APPLICATION DEADLINE:
15 April 2018

INSTRUCTORS:

Knut Sunnanå
Knut Sunnanå
Adjunct Professor, Arctic Marine Biology

Course requirements:

Enrolment in a master programme in biology, and documented courses at introductory university level in mathematics and biological statistics. Students with documented basic knowledge similar to AB-202 Arctic Marine Biology will be given priority, and other students will be considered based on relevant documented knowledge related to Arctic ecosystems.

Academic content:

Ecosystem Based Management (EBM) is an environmental management approach that recognizes the full array of interactions within an ecosystem, including humans, rather than considering single issues, species, or ecosystem services in isolation. The integrated management of the marine environment in the Svalbard area is based on the framework laid out in the management plan for the marine environment of the Barents sea and the sea areas off the Lofoten islands.

The course focus somewhat on fish species and has special emphasis on hands-on experience in using assessment tools in operation today such as swept area, acoustic integration, tuned VPA, biomass models and on-going processes to develop the EBM concept. The course, however, also has a focus on the biological and ecosystem input to a full EBM procedure.

Learning outcomes:

Knowledge
Upon completing the course, the students will:
Be able to perform an assessment of the status of selected parts of the Arctic marine ecosystem. Have knowledge of particular parts of the assessment process and the underlying ecosystem properties. Have insight into established and new methods related to the assessment of single commercial stocks and into methods used to assess ecosystem health. Know and be able to discuss research and methods relevant for future ecosystem based management (EBM). Be able to list known and potential arctic species of commercial value, describe the ecology of these species, and to explain how arctic ecosystems are managed.

Skills
Upon completing the course, the students will:
Be able to perform standard working methods on board a research vessel acquiring standard data for the purpose of producing management advice. Be able to analyze large datasets originating from ecosystem surveys, and to formulate timely research questions related to these data.

General competences
Upon completing the course, the students will:
Be able to describe the process that starts with raw data and ends up in recommendations to national and international bodies. Be capable of producing a manuscript for a scientific paper relevant for reasoning a management advice, and to present the results in a 30 min lecture including questions.

Learning activities:

The course extends over ca. 5 weeks including compulsory safety training, and is run in combination with AB-835.

The course consists of three parts:
1) A introductory and theoretical part followed by in depth lectures and seminars on central themes;
2) Preparation and conduction of field activities at a 16 days research cruise where the students will take part in the Institute of Marine research’s regular survey in Svalbard waters. Novel methods will be tested as part of the development of the EBM concept. Data collection will be conducted in different localities around Svalbard (fjord and off-shelf);
3) The production of a manuscript based on themes treated during the survey and application of methods used during the cruise. This part will be supervised by PhD-students attending the AB-835 part of the course.

Total lecture hours: Ca. 30 hours.
Exercises/seminars: Ca.30 hours.
Scientific cruise: Ca. 16 days

Compulsory learning activities:

Field excursions and one written manuscript with an oral presentation.
All compulsory learning activities must be approved in order to sit the exam.

Assessment:

Method Duration
Percentage of final grade
 Written exam  5 hours 100%

All assessments must be passed in order to pass the course.

Application deadline: 15 April 2018

 

CONTACT INFO

The University Centre in Svalbard
Telephone: +47 79 02 33 00
Fax: +47 79 02 33 01
E-mail: post@unis.no / webmaster@unis.no
Address: P.O. Box 156 N-9171 Longyearbyen
Org. no. 985 204 454

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