Tropical Forests In A Changing Environment

King's College London

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Tropical Forests In A Changing Environment

  • Host University

    King's College London

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study

    Environmental Science, Forestry, Geography

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Upper

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    Hours & Credits

  • UK Credits

    15
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    6
  • Overview

    Module description:
    The module includes hands-on demonstrations with monitoring equipment, canopy access techniques, biological specimens and hardware models in our experimental laboratory. The coursework requires students to venture deeply into the scientific literature and thus develop good reading, note taking, summary and research skills.
    Specific aims of the module:
    To develop an awareness of the structure and function of tropical forest ecosystems. To provide an understanding of the biophysical, ecological and anthropic processes which characterise these environments. To develop an awareness of the human impacts on these important systems and the kinds of geographical tools available for monitoring, modelling and mitigation of the worst effects of these impacts.
    Learning Outcomes:
    At the completion of the module, students will have an understanding of the nature of tropical rainforests, their structure and their function and should know how to apply appropriate monitoring and modelling techniques to the better management of these systemsStudents will have ventured deeply into the scientific literature and thus developed good reading, note taking, summary and research skills.
    Module structure
    Part I Fundamentals
    1. Humid tropical climates.
    2. Climate history and scenaria for the humid tropics.
    3. Humid tropical vegetation.
    4. Humid tropical animals.
    5. Humid tropical landscapes and soils.
    6. Humid tropical societies and land use past, present and future.
    Part II The Lowland Humid Tropical Forests
    Ecosystem Processes
    7. Energy:
    8. Water and nutrients.
    Ecosystem dynamics
    9. Forest architecture and plant physiology
    10. Forest ecology and dynamics: the web of life.
    11-12 Biological Diversity.
    Part III The Tropical Montane Cloud Forests
    State of the art
    13. Mountains in the mist DVD.
    14. The climate of cloud forests.
    15. Cloud forest hydrology and cloud interception.
    16. The controls on TMCF productivity and stature.
    17. Tropical forests, carbon and climate change
    18. Conservation and biodiversity prospecting in the world's biodiversity hotspots.
    19. Land use change in the Ecuadorian Amazon
    20. The hydrological and ecological impacts of petroleum production in the Ecuadorian Amazon.

    Credit level: 6

    Credit value: 15

    Teaching pattern: 15 lectures, 1 workshop plus 4 seminars

    Assessment: written examination/s; coursework;

    Examination (50%), essay (50%)

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