Finland, Southern Finland

Environmental Impacts of Catchment from Headwaters to the Sea

when 4 August 2015 - 21 August 2015
duration 3 weeks
credits 5 ECTS
fee EUR 1400

This course introduces students to the overall picture of environmental impact on the Baltic Sea. It will do so by analysing the role of catchment area and inland waters in the water quality and eutrophication of coastal waters. During the intensive field course the students will learn how land management, control of water pollution and ambient ecosystem dynamics affect water quality and ecosystems and how this changes on the way from headwaters along the river basin to the Baltic Sea. The course will give a deeper understanding of the nutrient processes and their spatial and temporal dynamics in catchments and coastal areas, including transportation, modification and retention of nutrients and organic material.

Course leader

Ms. Tiina Tulonen, Mr. Marko Reinikainen

Target group

Bachelor or master level students having basic knowledge in ecology, environmental or aquatic sciences.

Course aim

After completing the course, the students have knowledge of different Finnish freshwater ecosystems from headwaters to coastal waters of the Baltic Sea. Students will have gained insights into how the land use in catchment areas affects the freshwater quality and biology. They will also have learned basic sampling and analytical methods used in freshwater ecology

Fee info

EUR 1400: This course fee applies to degree and PhD students and it includes the housing during the course and full board at the research stations.