ESST 3003 Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
Environmental monitoring is a broad field which intends to answer both very specific questions such as "what is the concentration of lead in the water and is it above a threshold of safety" to very broad questions such as "what is the condition of a particular ecosystem and is it changing?" Answering such questions with an effective monitoring strategy takes very different approaches. The lectures, discussions, readings and field exercises for this course are intended to expose the student to a wide range of monitoring strategies and current environmental issues.
This course will introduce students to broad principles within the field of environmental monitoring and give students a basic understanding of various monitoring techniques that can be used to assess environmental impacts. It would focus on chemical, biological and ecological methods applied to air water and soil. It would emphasize why monitoring is important and focus on some approaches, sample management and quality control. The delivery of course materials would involve a combination of lectures, tutorials, and web based materials. Assessments are designed to encourage students to work continuously with the course materials.