Marine Ecosystem Service and Global Change

Faculteit Science and Engineering
Jaar 2019/20
Vakcode WMLS15002
Vaknaam Marine Ecosystem Service and Global Change
Niveau(s) master
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester II a (03-02-2020 till 22-02-2020)
ECTS 5
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Uitgebreide vaknaam Marine Ecosystem Service and Global Change
Leerdoelen At the end of the course, the student is able to:
1.explain the concept of ecosystem functions and services, from the deep sea to shallow coastal area's, in a changing marine environment.
2.evaluate threats and challenges to marine ecosystem services, e.g. ocean acidification, eutrophication, over-fishing and deep-sea mining.
3.evaluate opportunities while benefitting from marine ecosystem services.
Omschrijving Global population growth stimulates pressures of humanity to use marine resources in the deep seas, coastal areas and delta? Marine resources that are exploited or have the potential to be exploited are called ecosystem services. Simultaneously, global change processes impose threats to the ecosystems that provide these valuable services.

This course provides fundamental knowledge and understanding of
i)the concept of ecosystem services,
ii)which services are provided by different marine ecosystems and how do these relate to ecosystem functions,
iii)mechanisms behind the main anthropogenic and global change stressors that threaten ecosystem functions/services,
iv)opportunities to benefit from ecosystem services under conditions of global change.
Students will acquire practical skills in studying global change processes and quantifying ecosystem services. Students will develop a critical reflective attitude on how to deal with coastal management for example in balancing preserving and unlocking ecosystem functions and services and determining climate related and non-climate related drivers.

The course includes classroom lectures, presenting assignments, practicals in unique research facilities at NIOZ, such as the SeaweedCentre (Texel) and wave-flume (Yerseke) and a field trip. The lectures will consist of 4 blocks. The first block, the concept of ecosystem services (ES) will be introduced, highlighting the importance of ES for marine ecosystems. The second block focuses on the functioning of marine ecosystems that provide important ES, ranging from the deep sea to shallow coastal areas including delta?s. The third block provides fundamental knowledge on the threats to marine ecosystems, e.g. ocean acidification, eutrophication. In the fourth block, threats are linked to challenges and opportunities, e.g. (over-)fishing and deep-sea mining) in benefitting from marine ecosystem services.
Uren per week
Onderwijsvorm Hoorcollege (LC), Opdracht (ASM), Practisch werk (PRC)
(Lectures 19 hours Assignment 15 hours Practical 32 hours Practical 4 hours Self-study 70 hours. Practicals and the field trip are mandatory)
Toetsvorm Presentatie (P), Schriftelijk tentamen (WE), Verslag (R)
(Final grade: written exam based on essay questions (50%), presentation assignment (25%), practical report (25%). Students do not receive a final mark until missed practicals are compensated. To pass the written exam 55% of the possible points have to be obtained.)
Vaksoort master
Coördinator prof. dr. K.R. Timmermans
Docent(en) prof. dr. T.J. Bouma ,prof. dr. K.R. Timmermans ,dr. ir. D. van Oevelen
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Powerpoints of lectures and additional reading material.
Entreevoorwaarden The course unit assumes prior knowledge acquired from Master courses Principles of Biological Oceanography, Principles of Marine Biology, Principles of Marine Conservation.
Opmerkingen max 25 students
Locations: Linnaeusborg, Nijenborgh 7, Groningen;
NIOZ Texel Seaweedcentre; NIOZ-flume Yerseke.
Additional costs related with the NIOZ excursions (travel, accommodation) can be charged.
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
MSc Biology: Research  (Compulsory master courses) - semester II a keuze
MSc Biology: Science, Business and Policy  (Compulsory master courses) - semester II a keuze
MSc Ecology and Evolution: Ecology and Conservation  (Electives/optional modules) - semester II a keuze
MSc Ecology and Evolution: Evolutionary Biology  (Electives/optional modules) - semester II a keuze
MSc Energy and Environmental Sciences  (Optional Courses) 1 semester II a keuze
MSc Marine Biology: Research  (Compulsory master courses) - semester II a keuze