About this Course
in this course, we'll apply landscape ecology concepts to look at wetlands as integrated mosaics of patches and corridors integrating watershed and coastal ecosystems. You'll gain an understanding the function of wetlands beyond their jurisdictional boundaries and the andscape-based rationale for wetland management, protection and restoration.
- Concepts and terms describing wetland landscape elements and processes
- Fundamental ecosystem processes affecting wetlands, with strategies to restore and enhance wetlands
- Effect of modifications to wetland processes and biotic communities at increasing scales
- Diagnostic tools for assessing wetland landscape modification and effects on wetland function, as well as differentiating natural from human/cultural stresses, based on scientific concepts of system organization and ecological integrity
- Landscape bases for understanding cumulative impacts, compared with attempts to manage and regulate wetlands at diverse spatial and temporal scales
- Comparison of strategies to preserve and maintain and restore wetland systems at landscape scales