SLM-31306 Fundamentals of Land Management

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Studiepunten 6.00

OnderwijstypeContacturen
Lecture16
Practical80
Course coordinator(s)dr. JEM Schild
Lecturer(s)dr. JEM Baartman
dr. X Yang
dr. ir. MJPM Riksen
PD Peters
dr. V Geissen
ing. HPA Gooren
dr. Huerta Lwanga
dr. ir. K Metselaar
D Moore
MC Commelin
dr. JEM Schild
dr. ir. JC van Dam
Examiner(s)dr. JEM Schild

Language of instruction:

EN

Assumed knowledge on:

SLM-30806 Land degradation and Development.

Contents:

Scientific research is essential for advancing our knowledge on biophysical and socio-economic factors leading to land degradation or land restoration, and designing sustainable land use and management strategies. This course provides students the tools for doing land management research themselves. It gives students state-of-the-art scientific insights that deal with the fundamentals of land management and the physical environment; i.e. the interacting systems of hydrology, climate, soils and sediments on various temporal and spatial scales. Furthermore, students in this course will learn how to integrate biophysical and socio-economic data, and apply this in fundamental research and the use of models.
During the first weeks the course focuses on scientific research and practical applications related to the biophysical environment (climate, hydrology, geology, soils chemistry, soil physics and biological aspects of crops). All these factors determine available land management options and their final sustainable impact on soil and water resources, with fundamental research playing a crucial role. During these weeks methodologies for physical research will be explained and practiced. In the following weeks students will investigate the threats to sustainable land management, their biophysical and socio-economic processes involved. With the emphasis on the fundamentals of land management research and the inclusion of presentations by researchers from the SLM group, by the end of the course students will be equipped for any research project on either biophysical or socioeconomic aspects of land management.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- recognize and critically reflect on various research approaches in land management challenges and how to conduct research along these various research approaches;
- use at least two different research approaches, including technical, socio-economic and policy approaches, when conducting an in-depth analysis on one of the selected land management case studies;
- select and apply appropriate research methods for data collection and analysis commensurate with the chosen research approach;
- integrate the selected research approaches and discuss the advantages and limitations of these different approaches;
- transfer knowledge to colleague students and experts through an online platform by designing an interactive presentation.

Activities:

- attendance of lectures, discussion and practical exercises in the class;
- studying lecture notes and journal articles;
- group work

Examination:

- reports of the group work (100%)

Literature:

Journal papers and practical guide

OpleidingFaseSpecialisatiePeriode
Verplicht voor: MILInternational Land and Water ManagementMScA: Spec. A - Sustainable Land Management4WD
Keuze voor: MILInternational Land and Water ManagementMScD: Spec. D - Flexible Configurations for Innovative Minds5MO