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Analytical tools for studies in environmental science


Analytical Tools in Environmental Science

7.5 credits




This 7.5 credit course provides in-depth understanding of how studies can be performed. It covers research design, conducting scientific investigations, statistical methodology and qualitative data analyses. Applied GIS is combined with statistical methods for modelling functional relationships and developing tools for monitoring and forecasting.

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Knowledge and expertise for the analysis and management of environmental change The interdisciplinary format of Environmental Science contributes to a wide range of available professions being open to you after graduation. You have the knowledge to analyse environmental change and society’s management of this, for example in research or consultancy work. Or you can contribute through knowledge of the management of environmental and sustainability issues, or provide information and communication activities about the environment and sustainability at companies or interest groups. Expertise on the environment and sustainable development is needed at all companies and organisations that analyse, communicate and manage issues related to sustainability and the environment. These are found in both the public and private sectors. Examples of workplaces include municipalities, state and international environmental management organisations or private businesses that work on sustainability and the environment. Studying Environmental Science provides direct links to local, national and global challenges in sustainability and the environment. It provides you with a stable background on which to promote societal debate and management of these issues, both in politics and in everyday life. Read about research in this subject
Theory and project work around a geographic information system This course has two modules: a 3.5-credit theoretical module and a 4-credit module in which you complete a project. During the course you will plan and perform scientific investigations and experiments, as well as analysing and drawing relevant conclusions based on the selected research design. You will also create a geographic information system (GIS) and apply it to an environmental spatial pattern, and analyse spatial distribution patterns using geostatistical methods. The course also includes performing a meta-analysis, presenting the results of a scientific analysis and evaluate the pros and cons of different methods used for scientific experiments in environmental science. Discussions on the course encompass scientific philosophy, scientific theory and research methodology, and the comparison of approaches such as positivism, post-positivism, constructivism and critical realism. Course design Teaching is conducted through lectures, seminars and computer exercises, as well as guest lectures where you can participate in research seminars. The theory module is examined through a written take-home examination, while the project is assessed through assignments and oral and written presentations.
Study how the links between humans and nature affect the environment When you study Environmental Science, you investigate the links between humanity and nature, and how these links affect the environment and sustainable development. The subject includes important societal issues and sustainability targets. You gain an understanding of environmental problems and the origin, scope and management of environmental change. You also get to look in detail at current environmental issues, such as reduced biodiversity, environmental toxins and climate issues. The subject has an interdisciplinary approach because it focuses on both humans and nature. This means that you study scientific subjects as much as subjects in the social sciences, giving you a broad understanding of contemporary and future challenges. For example, you study the link between the environment and people’s socioeconomic conditions, and how human activities such as agriculture and chemical use have an impact on ecosystems. Environmental Science has a broad and comprehensive perspective in which you investigate how society manages environmental issues and environmental problems. The subject also covers specific issues, such as the Baltic Sea’s environmental problems, the influence of forestry, and urban environments.