|Module title||Biological And Physicochemical Elements Of Assessment Of The Ecological Status Of Water Bodies|
|Module lecturer||Dr hab. Tomasz Joniak (coordinator), Dr hab. Renata Dondajewska-Pielka, Dr hab. Piotr Klimaszyk, Dr Ryszard Piotrowicz|
|Faculty||Faculty of Biology|
The course is conducted in a modern form combining intro lecture, field work and exercises/laboratories. The final product of the course is a report on the state of the environment of a river valley section, including the river, lakes and artificial reservoirs.
Lectures (3 h) Field works / Exercises / Laboratories (42 h)
Field measurements and sampling
Physical parameters of water
Field methods for monitoring the health and catchment function
Hydromorphological parameters of flowing and standing waters
Biologic parameters: phaeopigments
Biologic parameters: macrophyte in lakes/rivers
Biologic parameters: benthic invertebrates
Biologic parameters: ichtyofauna
Chemical parameters: forms of phosphorus
Chemical parameters: forms of nitrogen
Module aim (aims)
The course includes a comprehensive range of methods for evaluation of natural surface water bodies recommended by environmental protection organizations (e.g. EPA, EU Water Framework Directive, UN Water Convention). The principles of monitoring of water quality. Sampling methods and sample preparation to analysis. Biological, hydromorphological, physicochemical and chemical elements of water quality. Assessment of ecological status of waters with use of macrophytes, benthic invertebrate fauna and fish. Course content will include methodologies, sample and sampling preparation procedures in hydrobiology (tools for the field work); preservation and preparation of samples for laboratory analysis.
Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)
Biological or geographical course.
Course duration: 6 weeks (April - May)
Include: a reading assignment, a problem set with solutions, workshops involving problem-based exercises
Course text: Notes and Handouts
Form of assessment: participation, activity and report as required by the teacher
Final grade: the average of all grades
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Chapman D. (ed.) 1992. Water quality assessments: a guide to the use of biota, sediments and water in environmental monitoring. Cambridge: UNEP/WHO/UNESCO.
Furse M.T., Hering D., Brabec K., Buffagni A., Sandin L., 2006. The ecological status of European rivers: evaluation and intercalibration of assessment methods. Springer.
Hauer F.R., Labmerti G.A., 2007. Methods in stream ecology. Elsevier.
Wetzel R.G., Likens G.E., 2000. Limnological analyses. Third Edition, Springer.