Sampling and observational field methods

Semester 1

Semester 2

Semester 3

Semester 4

ECTS
6

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Operational marine science
University of Bergen

Synopsis

Sampling and recording and handling marine field data, as well as data analysis and modelling, will give training in the central research methods for observation and assessing abundance of marine species. Field work/experiments will cover various techniques, using practical examples to evaluate the purpose, strengths and weaknesses of each approach. This will include common approaches for collecting data for marine research, such as surveys, acoustics, times series, ROVs, and their applications in process studies and resource mapping. The links between these and assessment and advice for exploitation of marine resources will be introduced in this course.

Objectives

On completion of BIO325 students shall have achieved the following learning outcomes:
- Understand how physical processes and structure influence the biological interactions and distribution of marine organisms
- Have knowledge of selected habitats and nursery areas/recruitment areas of marine organisms and have an overview of the major inshore and open ocean organisms and their ecology
- Be able to use appropriate tools, including taxonomic keys, to identify common marine animals in Norwegian waters
- Be able to plan and execute field work to answer research questions
- Have basic knowledge of the most common methods for collection of field data for modern marine research
- Be able to explain and evaluate the principles of different sampling approaches, and their strengths and weaknesses
- Be able to process, catalog, and interpret collected field samples and experimental data
- Be able to communicate scientific results from field studies
- Have knowledge of the basic effects of fisheries and harvesting/exploitation of marine biological resources
- Understand and consider the uncertainties in marine data collection and modelling and what that means for management advice
- Have learned to work as part of a team onboard a research ship, following safe practices in field work

Bibliography

selected scientific literature

Assessment

production of demo VIDEO on selected methods, field report, oral exam.

Involved teachers

Anne Gro Salvanes Anne.Salvanes@uib.no

Contact hours

lectures
20

practicals

seminars

computerclass
12

fieldwork
36 (3 day cruise)

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