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Modelling Natural Resources Degradation

Degree type
certificate
Language of education
English (100%)
Duration
19 days
Tuition fee EU/EEA
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Education type
Fulltime
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Accreditations
NVAO
Type of institution
Research University
City
Enschede

Program description

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.

Objectives
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.

Instruction modes
Theoretical explanations, computer exercise on spatial analysis and modelling techniques, group discussion, real life case study work from semi-arid or tropical areas.

Curriculum
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.

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Admission requirements

Previous education

BSc 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 experience

Work experience is not required and modelling training is also not needed, the course takes learning by doing approach.

Language test

IELTS overall band 6.0
TOEFL computer based 213
TOEFL internet based 80
TOEFL paper based 550
Cambridge Advanced English C1
Cambridge Professional English C2

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