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CAU-213 Modelling Ecosystems –- Practical Exercises

Period P2b - Christian-Albrechts Universität zu Kiel, GermanyYear 1
CAU-213Modelling Ecosystems – Practical Exercises6 ECTSPeriod P2bCAU
Objectives:This module mediates the fundamental preconditions, working stages and aims in environmental modelling. With the help of plain conceptual models typical questions as well as the main model types and mathematical methods will be introduced. With the help of a focus topic (e.g. biodiversity or eutrophication) existing simulation models will be evaluated as well as own model approaches developed and discussed. Submodels and simulation calculations developed in groups, help to image dynamically consequences of environmental changes and to assess potentials and limits of scenarios. Practical exercises encompasses the work with cellular automate, individual based models and/or equation based models, mainly implemented and analysed in R, MATLAB or NETLOGO.

Outcomes:Students learn to assess the benefit of mathematical models in environmental management and sciences. They know typical application of mathematical models in environmental sciences and are able to discuss the results critically. Students are able to image selected processes in aquatic ecosystems with numeric simulation models. Curiousness to own model forming for relevant environmental systems and skills in scientific mediation are supported.
ElectiveTaught in ENMixed
EvaluationWorkload : 180 hours
Written ExamLecture22
Oral ExamSeminar38
ReportPractice
Paper100%Total60h
DefenceFieldNo