Biodiversity & Ecosystem Service Assessment in the Coastal Margin (BESA)

Biodiversity & Ecosystem Service Assessment in the Coastal Margin (BESA)
Course Outline 15 t h – 20 t h Feb 2015
Morning
Sun
Afternoon
Evening
Arrivals
Free time (ice-breaker)
Introduction to CBESS & sampling techniques for salt
Sample design (UoS)
15th
Mon
16th
Introduction
Course objectives outcomes & scope
‘How to design a field campaign?’
Group session
marsh & mudflat habitats (UoStA1 & UoS2)
Measuring system properties (e.g cryo-techniques)
Methods for determining ecosystem services (e.g.
CSM, NDVI, Gas flux, kaolin patches)
Biodiversity measures (e.g. macrobenthos)
Co-varying & co-linear
factors, controlling for
variation & applying random
or stratified sampling across a
habitat
Health & safety
Tues
17th
Saltmarsh ecology (BU3 & CEH4)
Mudflat ecology (UoStA)
Field work: sampling a patchy community, field
Field work: sampling of mudflat and mudflat/saltmarsh
techniques, vegetation mapping
transition zone
University of St Andrews
University of Southampton
3 Bangor University
4 Centre for Ecology and Hydrology
1
2
Analysis of data collected in
field (UoStA & UoS)
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Wed
Further processing & analysis of data samples
Macrofauna identification (UoS)
Valuing coastal defence
18th
(UoStA & UoS)
Identification of key species and the function they
Saltmarsh & mudflat macrofauna sorting (UoS)
provide
Sorting macrofauna collected in the field into
Biological Traits Analysis (UoStA)
morphospecies
(UoStA)
Lecture from a PhD student
Measuring functional diversity using life history,
morphological & behavioural characteristics
Thurs
19th
UAV sampling of intertidal habitats (SAMS 5)
Field visit to RSPB6 Leighton Moss Reserve (RSPB)
Case study using CBESS data
Management & conservation priorities for coastal
Up-scaling biodiversity distribution (SAMS)
areas
Using point measurements of biodiversity to inform
management of ecosystem services at a landscape
Fri
‘How to design a field campaign?’ review
20th
Group session
Summary, wrap up & feedback session
NB: Course outline may change
5
6
Scottish Association for Marine Science
Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
Departures after lunch
Course Dinner at local pub
Albion
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