Beneath the Blue: The Importance of Marine Sediments

Academy
Futurelearn
Kurzbeschreibung
Understand the importance of our planet's seafloor and get an introduction to the exciting field of ocean science.
Kursarten
E-Learning
Fachbereich

Ökologie

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Kursinhalt

Discover fascinating seafloor habitats and learn how humans affect them

Exactly what lies beneath our oceans? Why is the sea floor, and its marine sediments, so important? And how are humans affecting them? On this course you’ll answer these questions and more.

You will consider the importance of the seafloor and learn about its part in global ecological, chemical and physical processes. You will learn about the vital role that the seafloor plays in providing ecosystem services to society, the current rate at which humans are exploiting seafloor habitats and the need to conserve these systems.

This course is for students from pre-A level to undergraduate who have a passion for, or are studying, marine science, biodiversity, earth systems, global change, ecosystem services or human interaction with marine environment.

It will also be of interest to teachers in these areas, or those with a general interest in ocean science.

Kursziele
Explain what biodiversity is and how it evolved over geological time.,Discuss why biodiversity is important and how marine communities deliver important services that benefit humans.,Explore the diversity of marine sediments and how communities of organisms inhabit them.,Identify marine organisms using a taxonomic key.,Discuss the challenges of measuring and quantifying biodiversity in marine environments.,Demonstrate an understanding of functional groups.
Anforderungen
This course is for students from pre-A level to undergraduate who have a passion for, or are studying, marine science, biodiversity, earth systems, global change, ecosystem services or human interaction with marine environment. It will also be of interest to teachers in these areas, or those with a general interest in ocean science.
Kurssprache
Englisch