Coastal and estuarine management

Course Code :2001WETEST
Study domain:Biology
Academic year:2019-2020
Semester:1st semester
Contact hours:55
Credits:4
Study load (hours):112
Contract restrictions: Exam contract not possible
Language of instruction:English
Exam period:exam in the 1st semester
Lecturer(s)Patrick Meire
Tom Ysebaert
Stijn Temmerman

3. Course contents *

The course starts with a summary of the physical and chemical processes of estuaries and coasts such as water movement, sediment transport and biogeochemistry. Then the different biological components are discussed, starting with the primary producers (plants and algae), consumers (benthos, zooplankton) and the higher trophic levels (fishes and birds). Special attention is given to interactions between different groups of organisms. Finally a chapter is devoted to the human impact on estuaries and coasts.