Integrated field courses
In the first year of this master programme, different field courses are organised from which one is compulsory and one can be chosen. These field courses focus on the diversity of different systems and processes respectively from the lacustrine and marine environment. For each system or process an introduction is given on the environmental, geological and morphological characteristics, including exploration and measurements in the field in order to identify the specific environment. By means of practical exercises including observations, experiments and field sampling (analysis of transects, gradients, time series,..) different aspects of biosphere or geosphere processes in each of the systems are studied and illustrated.
The different field course options are:
- Integrated Marine Coastal Ecology Field Course (3 ECTS) Compulsory Field Course
- Integrated Field Course at Sea (3 ECTS)
- Integrated Limnological Field Course (3 ECTS)
- Integrated Estuarine Field Course (3 ECTS)
The main objective is to convey the philosophy behind and the main practices for conducting field work at sea or on lakes, with practical hands-on introduction to the main field techniques, experiments, data acquisition and processing. The final aim is to provide the students with an insight in ecological, geological, physical, ecotoxicological and chemical processes in different ecosystems by means of observations, analysis and experiments in the field and in the lab.
Students need to contribute 30, 250 or 500 € (different price per field course) for the optional Field course, and 370 euro € for the compulsory field course (this might be subject to change; always check final amount in latest version of course file).
For a photobook with the various activities on the field, have a look here.