Through presentations, class discussions, and reading assignments, students review concepts, principles, and differences in aquatic ecosystems. Students examine practical skills in techniques and analytical tools used in water ecosystem characterization and focus on technologies and protocols standardization to overcome present and future challenges.
Students acquire knowledge in concepts and principles of different aquatic ecosystems, practical skills in techniques, and analytical tools to describe and understand them. The course prepares students to understand and explain the challenges in aquatic ecosystem characterization.
Aquatic ecosystems perform crucial environmental functions as a habitat for many species, are the source of water for human activities and consumption. Its quality is in constant change due to human activities and external factors. Regular monitoring and evaluation of aquatic ecosystems rely on their characterization for the safety of humanity and the environment.
Changes in water ecosystems represent risks for humanity and the environment. God has given wisdom to humans to evaluate and restore water sources through characterization. God can restore water sources or give wisdom to humans as described in Elisha 2:19-20.
Students bring hope as they overcome the challenges of water characterization to explain to a community about the condition of an aquatic ecosystem and propose solutions to restore any damage based on the knowledge they have acquired in the course.
An increase in human, agricultural and industrial activities have generated changes in nutrient cycles and characteristics that result in water ecosystem changes affecting environmental services and goods, like water purification, biodiversity habitat, and flow regulators. There is a constant need for methodologies standardization and development of new technologies to overcome the challenges in aquatic ecosystems characterization.
Challenges on aquatic ecosystem characterization are an intercultural activity required wherever humanity benefits from a water ecosystem. The course exposes students to different cultural scenarios.
With the aid of visual aids and practical assignments, this course give students the necessary tools and knowledge to understand and describe challenges on aquatic ecosystems characterization.
Students gain experience by putting their knowledge and skills into practics acquired through analytical reading and class discussions.