MASC 442: Aquatic Systems and Modelling


The course contains different (statistical) data analysis techniques for handling ecological data sets using MS Excel and R software and dynamic simulation modeling. Different models are used (from simple mass balance models to more complex dynamic and non-parametric statistical models). The course includes the modeling of processes within a water system and its catchment area. Local, regional and global driving variables for water quality. Time series analyses to assess changes in water quality over time. An important component of the course is to be able to independently analyse water quality data through the selection of appropriate methods and to critically reflect on results.