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lecturer of 2022/2023 Autumn semester
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lecturer of 2022/2023 Spring semester
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Course aims
Major. A survey is given of the relationships between the living and non-living elements of water environments.
Brief description of the course
Living organisms in water environments. Body size, metabolism, growth and production. Accumulations of hydrobionts: plankton, benthos, nekton. Hydrodynamic basis of plankton productivity and the controlling factors. Vertical and horizontal transport. Upwellings and their impact on hydrobionts. Shore- and open sea communities. Nutrient reserves of deep water populations. Lakes and oceans as functional wholes.
Learning outcomes in the course
Upon completing the course the student:
By completing the assignements of the course, the students should:
Have assessed the knowledge of the coexistence of organisms in water environments;
Know the hydrodynamic basis of planktion productivity and the controlling factors;
Describe the differences of shore and open sea communities;
Know the nutrient reserves of deep water populations;
Be able to analyse the functional unity and pecularity of lakes and oceans;
Have the knowledge of water bodies protection.
emeriitprof Henn Kukk
Prerequisite course 1