The course is aimed at acquiring advanced knowledge on the most important ecological characteristics and problems in the urban and landscape-territorial context for the different environmental matrices and in particular in the aquatic systems. The course focuses on the use of study techniques and the application of predictive models, on the usefulness and opportunities of protection, restoration and ecosystem management interventions.
At the end of the course, the student has:
(1) Knowledge and understanding: the student will acquire the necessary tools to understand the processes, the structure, the functions, the ecosystem relationships and the spatial and temporal dynamics generated by the action of natural and anthropic factors in the ecosystems.
(2) Ability to apply knowledge and understanding: the student will be able to apply the founding principles of ecosystem analysis in the urban and landscape-territorial context as a precursor to the correct examination of interventions and project proposals that also involve other disciplines. The tools and the analytical and critical skills will be implemented through the examination of case studies and with field activities. The student will be able to represent the actions and the studied events through graphical tools, synthetic indicators, prediction models and comparison with similar contexts.
(3) Making judgments: The student will acquire the ability to interpret, elaborate and evaluate possible actions in the landscape-territorial context analyzing the impacts on structure, processes and on the functioning of the considered ecosystems.
(4) Communication skills: the student will be able to communicate and relate his work and to work within diverse working groups using a quantitative analysis perspective and a holistic approach. The student will also be able to produce summary reports related to the environmental characterization and analysis.