Management of Natural Resources Systems – SEA

Core Module C1110 Management of Natural Resources Systems – SEA
Exam Code 1110
Credit Points 5 ECTS
Term Winter
Module Coordination Prof. Lars Ribbe
Lecturers Prof. Lars Ribbe, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Tung Hoa, Dr. Luong Quang Huy
Workload (h) 45 Attendance 105 Self-Study
Prerequisites None
Intended Learning Outcome Students are able to explain the interactions between natural resources systems and development and the resulting key problems by

  • analyzing and categorizing natural systems,
  • analyze their interaction with human resources demands, and
  • explain emergent environmental and social crises in the context of global change

in order to apply and evaluate different management strategies, concepts and related tools from the perspective of natural system boundaries.

Content Introduction: Global Natural Resources ChallengesNatural and Human systems and their interaction

  • Eco- climate- and energy systems
  • Social systems
  • Interactions, cycles and fluxes

Drivers and pressures

  • Global change (climate, demographics, economy)
  • Environmental variability and risks

Environmental Syndromes (examples)

  • Food/water/energy crisis
  • Soil degradation and desertification
  • Uncontrolled urbanization (favela syndrome etc.)
  • Natural disasters

Natural resources and development

  • International agenda and goals of development
  • Concepts and paradigms of natural resources management
Teaching Method Input lectures, Self-study, group discussions, presentations to class, Discussion of examples from P1150 in class
Assesment Method Written exam (100%)
Recommended Reading

Management 4th edition, RoutledgeChristopherson, R.W. (2005): Geosystems: An Introduction to Physical Geography (6th Edition), Prentice Hall

Forman, R.T.T. (1995): Land Mosaics: The Ecology of Landscapes and Regions. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK

Goudie, A. (2001): The Nature of the Environment, 4th ed., Blackwell Publishing

IPCC Website.

ISRIC: World Soil Information

Pidwirny, M. (2008):, Fundamentals of Physical Geogrpahy (2nd edition), ebook

Turner, M.G., R. H. Gardner and R. V. O’Neill, R.V. (2001): Landscape Ecology in Theory and Practice. Springer-Verlag, New York, NY, USA

UNESCO 2014 World Water Development Report 2014 – Water and Energy

Version 11.05.2016

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