Monitoring and assessing wetland ecosystems
Use scientific sampling techniques to collect and record data in the field. This will include sampling macro-invertebrates, habitat assessment and measuring water quality parameters such as pH, turbidity and nutrient levels. Find out how the data is used to monitor the quality of the wetlands and discuss what the results tell us about the biodiversity of the ecosystem.
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By the end of this program students will:
- Identify key characteristics of wetland habitats
- Undertake a field study to collect data on water quality and ecology
- Test water quality for temperature PH, turbidity and depth
- Take an macro-invertebrate sample using a pond dipping method
- Record data using correct scientific processes
- Use the sensitivity index to determine water quality and biodiversity
- Analyse data to draw general conclusions on diversity and abundance of macro-invertebrates in the water
- Hypothesise how the wetland may change over time
- Identify human impacts that can affect the health of wetland habitats
- Identify some changes to human activity to mitigate human impacts.
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