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- English (100%)
- 19 days
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The course teaches you to understand the influence of land use change and identify the primary factors leading to natural resource degradation.
Steadily increasing population pressure leads to scarcity of land causing deforestation and widespread changes in land cover/land use which can have detrimental effects on fundamental processes within natural and man-made ecosystems. On the other hand, intensive use of marginal lands without proper conservation measures can trigger wide scale degradation of natural resources such as vegetation and soils. Knowledge of both degradation processes/rates and conservation measures is essential to quantify this problem and to find suitable solutions for controlling land degradation.
Conservation techniques, both scientific and indigenous, have been amassed over the last 50 years, but successful implementation can only be based on acceptance and support by stakeholders. Guidelines for this are given by the WOCAT system (www.wocat.net) and the DESIRE project (www.desire-project.eu), which is a background for this course.
The course teaches to understand the influence of land use change and identify the primary factors leading to natural resource degradation.
Identify the primary factors leading to natural resource degradation, apply RS/GIS and modelling techniques for mapping and monitoring of degradation processes. Apply suitable conservation measures for watershed management.
Theoretical explanations, computer exercise on spatial analysis and modelling techniques, group discussion, real life case study work from semi-arid or tropical areas.
Introduction to natural resource degradation, remote sensing techniques for land cover/use change analysis. Surface runoff and soil erosion modelling, mitigation and conservation measures for watershed management.
About the University of Twente
The University of Twente focuses on the development of technology and its impact on people and society. It offers bachelor, master and postgraduate programs in the field of Technology, Behavioral and Social Sciences. University of Twente students are always encouraged to look beyond the boundaries of their own field and establish links with other disciplines.
High tech, human touch. This is what characterizes the University of Twente. Some 3,300 scientists and other professionals working together on cutting-edge research, innovations with real-world relevance and inspiring education for more than 9,000 students. The enterprising university encourages students to develop an entrepreneurial spirit and is a partner of Knowledge Park Twente.
More information about the University of Twente
Previous educationBSc in a required field and background knowledge in natural sciences (earth sciences, natural resources or hydrology) and basic understanding of remote sensing and geographic information system.
Professional experienceWork experience is not required and modelling training is also not needed, the course takes learning by doing approach.
Language testIELTS overall band 6.0
TOEFL computer based 213
TOEFL internet based 80
TOEFL paper based 550
Cambridge Advanced English C1
Cambridge Professional English C2