date_range Débute le 10 septembre 2018
event_note Se termine le 10 décembre 2018
list 14 séquences
assignment Niveau : Intermédiaire
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En résumé

What is a landscape? How has it evolved? How do we perceive landscapes? What properties are required to make us feel at home?

Are you interested in these topics and want to understand how landscapes function? Then this is the course for you! We will present the discipline of Landscape Ecology, where natural and social sciences meet. You will realize how innovative and collaborative approaches used in Landscape Ecology allow land managers, planners and the public to shape landscapes for future societies.

We will teach you the modern tools of Landscape Ecology enabling you to address fundamental research questions. You will also get valuable practical advice in solving existing real landscape issues.

Leading Landscape Ecology professors will present case studies from around the world, highlighting tools and methods in Landscape Ecology and how they are used to solve environmental problems.

  • Methods for the valuation of landscapes using the ecosystem service paradigm
  • How to quantify landscape attributes using landscape metrics
  • Methods to assess user conflicts in ecologically sensitive landscapes
  • How to use satellite data to detect landscape changes
  • Philosophical aspects of landscapes, land ethics and conservation
  • Theories of landscape perception and place attachment
  • Ecology in the context of urban landscapes
  • Statistical analysis with R
  • How to work with spatial data and GIS

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Les prérequis

  • High school level mathematics
  • Basic knowledge in GIS and statistics (or willingness to put in some extra effort)
  • Basic knowledge in ecology
  • A good understanding of maps

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Le programme

Unit 1 Landscape Ecology Foundations
This unit introduces you to the definitions and important concepts of Landscape Ecology. It also explores the forces that shape our landscapes.

1.1 Introduction to Landscape Ecology
1.2 Drivers of Landscape Patterns


Unit 2 Land System Modelling
This unit focuses on quantitative assessments and the modelling of landscapes, mostly from a natural science perspective.

2.1 Theory: Landscape Modelling
2.2 Case Study: Oil Exploration and Rare Plant Conservation
2.3 Theory: Landscape Metrics
2.4 Case Study: The Impacts of Transport Infrastructure in Iran on Wildlife Habitat
2.5 Theory: Remote Sensing
2.6 Case Study: Urbanisation in the Maldives
2.7 Case Study: Coral Bleaching in the Maldives (optional)


Unit 3 Landscape and Society
This unit focuses on the socio-economic aspects of landscape science and the interface between people and the environment.

3.1 Theory: Landscape Perception
3.2 Case study: Renewable Energy and Landscape Conflicts
3.3 Theory: Ecosystem Services and Valuation
3.4 Case study: Land Ethics
3.5 Theory: Urban Ecology
3.6 Case study: Urban Ecology in Bangalore
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Les intervenants

Felix Kienast
Lead Instructor & Adjunct Professor for Landscape Ecology ETHZ / WSL
ETH Zurich & WSL

Gregor Martius
Course Designer and Coordinator
ETH Zurich & WSL

Janet Silbernagel
Prof.
University of Wisconsin–Madison

Sima Fakheran
Prof.
Isfahan University of Technology

Loïc Pellissier
Prof.
ETH Zurich & WSL

Harini Nagendra
Prof.
Azim Premji University

Josef Senn
Lecturer
Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL

Shekoufeh Nematollahi
PhD Candidate
Isfahan University of Technology

Selina Gosteli
Course Assistant
ETH Zurich

Thomas C. Edwards
Prof.
USGS Utah Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit & Utah State University

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La plateforme

EdX est une plateforme d'apprentissage en ligne (dite FLOT ou MOOC). Elle héberge et met gratuitement à disposition des cours en ligne de niveau universitaire à travers le monde entier. Elle mène également des recherches sur l'apprentissage en ligne et la façon dont les utilisateurs utilisent celle-ci. Elle est à but non lucratif et la plateforme utilise un logiciel open source.

EdX a été fondée par le Massachusetts Institute of Technology et par l'université Harvard en mai 2012. En 2014, environ 50 écoles, associations et organisations internationales offrent ou projettent d'offrir des cours sur EdX. En juillet 2014, elle avait plus de 2,5 millions d'utilisateurs suivant plus de 200 cours en ligne.

Les deux universités américaines qui financent la plateforme ont investi 60 millions USD dans son développement. La plateforme France Université Numérique utilise la technologie openedX, supportée par Google.

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