Semester 2, period 5
|Owner||Master Earth Sciences|
|Coordinator||dr. Judy Shamoun-Baranes|
|Part of||Master Earth Sciences, track Environmental Management, Master Earth Sciences, track Geo-Ecological Dynamics, Master Earth Sciences, track Future Planet Ecosystem Science, Master Earth Sciences, track Geo-Ecological Dynamics, Master Earth Sciences, track Environmental Management,|
An increasing part of Earth’s terrestrial surface is taken up by urban and peri-urban land use, forming large agglomerates known as metropoles such as Tokyo, Shanghai, Delhi, Mexico city, São Paulo, New York, London and Paris. These intensively-used areas are dynamic ecosystems with distinct properties, hosting particular species and communities, but also creating nuisances e.g. through invasive species or human-wildlife conflicts. At the same time, metropolitan ecosystems are pivotal in supporting human well-being, as over half of the global human population lives in cities, facing challenges related to e.g. air quality, heat, storm water, and space for leisure. Urban ecosystems can provide services to address some of these challenges. In this course we use an interdisciplinary approach to understand specific challenges and opportunities of an urbanizing world for both biodiversity, ecosystem processes, and people. Specifically we will learn about 1) the opportunities and limitations of the urban environment for biodiversity and species’ coping strategies; 2) the environmental challenges associated with urbanization and human well-being, and the role of ecosystems and their services in addressing these challenges; 3) human-wildlife conflicts in metropolitan landscapes and how these can be addressed.
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Number of hours
This programme does not have requirements concerning attendance (TER part B).
Additional requirements for this course:
Student are expected to attend all student presentation sessions (even if online) and the biodiversity excursion.
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The 'Regulations governing fraud and plagiarism for UvA students' applies to this course. This will be monitored carefully. Upon suspicion of fraud or plagiarism the Examinations Board of the programme will be informed. For the 'Regulations governing fraud and plagiarism for UvA students' see: www.student.uva.nl
Dr. Judy Shamoun-Baranes
T: +31 (0)20 52 57436 | J.Z.Shamoun-Baranes@uva.nl
Science Park 904, 1098 XH Amsterdam, room: C4.409
Dr. Verena Seufert
T +31 (0)20 59 82526 l email@example.com
De Boelelaan 1085, 1081 HV Amsterdam, The Netherlands l ROOM: WN-A660