YWU-30806 Environmental Data Collection and Analysis


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Field practical16
Group work2
Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. OK Hartogensis
dr. ir. JJM de Klein
Lecturer(s)R Dijksma
dr. ir. MJ van der Ploeg
dr. NLMB Schaik
dr. GF Koopmans
DP Di Lonardo
dr. ir. OK Hartogensis
dr. ir. VL Mulder
dr. ir. GBM Heuvelink
Msc ME Vollebregt
dr. ir. MK van der Molen
Examiner(s)dr. ir. OK Hartogensis

Language of instruction:


Mandatory knowledge:

ZSS06100 Laboratory Safety and ZSS06200 Field Work Safety

Assumed knowledge on:

BSW compulsory subjects.


A broad range of research methods exists in the field of environmental research. These methods are operational at different spatial and temporal scales. This course focuses on the background and application of some selected research methods that are relevant in the domain of environmental research. The first three weeks of the course deals with basic statistics, data analysis as well as some advanced statistical techniques. This part will end with an exam. In the next four weeks, students will work on one specific environmental theme and get experienced with associated research methods. Data collection will partly take place in the catchment area of the Gelderse IJssel and data analysis will be done using the techniques that have been dealt with earlier.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- explain relevant environmental statistical techniques;
- apply selected statistical techniques in addressing environmental problems;
- design and carry out strategies for data collection;
- apply research methods, depending on the selected theme;
- analyse collected spatial and temporal environmental data;
- explain, interpret and present the obtained research results.


- active participation in lectures and practicals;
- performing field work (sampling and/or experiments);
- data analysis;
- writing report


The assessment is composed of two parts. (Both parts must be finished with a grade >=5.5) :
- written exam (closed book) for the theoretical part (50%);
- report of the thematic part (50%).


Reader (available through the WUR-shop).

Compulsory for: MEEEarth and EnvironmentMSc1AF