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MASC 324: Aquatic Biodiversity and Conservation

Principles of biodiversity and conservation. measurement and analysis of biodiversity; Patterns of species diversity. Indicators of Biodiversity. Conservation of aquatic resources – Protected areas, Heritage sites, Ramsar sites etc. Convention on...

MASC 323: Coastal Tenure and Ethnobiology

Importance of relationships between people, biota, and the coastal environment – past and present. Marine and coastal tenure. Property rights. Traditional environmental knowledge. Community based environmental awareness raising programmes. Environmental...

MASC 321: Principles of Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems

Principles of remote sensing. Electromagnetic Radiation. Interaction of Light with atmosphere and surfaces. Satellite observation systems. Principles of image processing. Digital Image Processing – acquisition, correction, calibration and interpretation...

MASC 319: Marine Non-living Resources and Industry

Types & characterisation of marine non-living resources; their exploration, development and constraints.

MASC 318: Marine Invertebrates and Tetrapods

Taxonomic diversity of major invertebrate groups. Invertebrate life cycle and larval forms. Important migratory species: marine reptiles (turtles); marine birds (population trend and status; bird diversity, bill shape and pursuit patterns, range and country...

MASC 316: Marine Biogeochemistry

Global hydrological cycle. Chemistry of seawater. Redox chemistry of seawater – importance of oxygen, organic matter production and destruction. Trace metal biogeochemistry. Biogeochemical cycles. Origin of petroleum in the marine environment. Chemistry...

MASC 315: Coastal Geomorphology

Coastal classifications. Types of Coastlines. Morphology of the coast. Waves and wave-induced currents. Wave types (progressive, Tsunamis, internal and standing waves). Wave effects. Effect of tides on coasts. Coastal sediments. Sediments movements by...

MASC 314: Coastal Hydrology

Hydrologic cycle. Tides, waves, currents and their effects on coastal landforms. Tidal land forms – tidal inlets, intertidal flats and coastal wetlands, mangrove ecosystems. Coastal lagoons Estuaries and River deltas. Types of estuaries. Estuarine...

MASC 313: Coastal Wetlands

Definition and Classification of Wetlands; Wetland Hydrology; Wetland Soils; Patterns in Wetland Vegetation; Gas Transport in Wetland Plants; Introduction to Wetland Delineation;
Wetland Assessment (Functions and Values); Economic Valuation of Wetlands;...

MASC 312: Marine Ecology I

The nature and global distribution of marine organisms and habitats. Ecological concepts. Primary and secondary production in the ocean. Measurement of productivity. Trophic interactions and flows of material and energy in marine food webs. Plankton...

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