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Cursus: GEO3-4304
GEO3-4304
Land degradation
Cursus informatie
CursuscodeGEO3-4304
Studiepunten (ECTS)7,5
Categorie / Niveau3 (Bachelor Gevorderd)
CursustypeCursorisch onderwijs
VoertaalEngels
Aangeboden doorFaculteit Geowetenschappen; Undergraduate School Geowetenschappen; B Aardwetenschappen;
Contactpersoondr. ir. G. Sterk
Telefoon030-253 3051
E-mailg.sterk@uu.nl
Docenten
Docent
dr. L.P.H. van Beek
Feedback en bereikbaarheid
Overige cursussen docent
Docent
dr. ir. G. Sterk
Feedback en bereikbaarheid
Overige cursussen docent
Blok
1  (02-09-2013 t/m 10-11-2013)
Aanvangsblok
1
TimeslotA: MA-ochtend, DI-namiddag, WO-ochtend
Onderwijsvorm
Voltijd
Opmerking

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Cursusinschrijving geopendvanaf 19-08-2013 t/m 20-08-2013
AanmeldingsprocedureOsiris
Inschrijven via OSIRISJa
Inschrijven voor bijvakkersJa
VoorinschrijvingNee
WachtlijstNee
PlaatsingsprocedureStudiepunt/Student desk
Cursusdoelen

Land degradation is the loss of ecological and economical productivity as a result of natural processes. It is often induced or exacerbated by human activity, such as land use change or infrastructural works that increase the sensitivity of the landscape to disturbance and cause an irreversible decline of its natural buffer function. This course will give an overview of the processes and human interactions that are associated with land degradation. Topics covered include erosion induced by water and wind, mass movements, desertification, hazard assessment approaches and mitigation & conservation strategies. The focus will be on the physical description of land degradation processes and its societal factors and impacts. The objective is to instil the student with a thorough understanding of the causes, mechanisms and consequences of land degradation processes and instruct him/her in the quantitative assessment thereof. This shall provide the student with the fundamental knowledge to specialise in land degradation research and applications.

By the end of the course, the student will have acquired:

  • Advanced knowledge of the different land degradation processes, and the global occurrence of those processes.
  • Insight into the physics and modelling of the most important land degradation processes (water erosion, wind erosion and land slides).
  • Ability to work with PCRaster software to model water erosion and land slides.
  • Basic knowledge of the methods, techniques and strategies to control land degradation problems.
Inhoud
  • Analysis of the most common land degradation processes: soil erosion (wind and water), desertification and mass movements (slides and flows).
  • The physics of the various land degradation processes and the mathematical description thereof as used in quantitative, physically based land degradation models.
  • Hazard assessment and modelling.
  • Evaluation of mitigation and conservation strategies.
Ingangseisen
Voorkennis
Basic knowledge of geomorphology and hydrology.
Verplicht materiaal
Boek
R.P.C. Morgan, 2005, Soil Erosion and Conservation, 3rd edition. Blackwel Publishing Ltd. Oxford. (euro: 45,00).
Diverse
Handouts.
Werkvormen (aanwezigheidsplicht)
Computerpracticum (Verplicht)

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