Impact of human-induced changes on coastal ecosystems functioning

EMBC+ MODULE 3: Conservation and Restoration of Marine Biodiversity

The course will first review concepts and tools developed to quantify the structure and functioning of coastal ecosystems. Particularly, tools to identify indicators or to represent dynamics of states will be reviewed and illustrated in a practical way. Basic notions of applied sampling, monitoring and statistical impact assessment methods will be presented and compare with modeling.
In a second part, the problem of management and the socio-economical dimension of it will be presented, attempting to develop a flexible approach of Ecosystem-Based Management for particular cases: the examples of the Marine Protected Area of Cerbere-Banyuls and the project of Marine Park on the Catalan coast will be used as case-study and compare to emblematic studies already performed.
Students will perform a personal project that aim at developing a particular method or aspect for detecting and/or mediating the impact of a human-induced changes on coastal ecosystems functioning. This method should be tested in a critical way during the course.


students taking this class must have a basic knowledge in general ecology, marine ecology, coastal zone structure and biogeochemistry. Skills in statistical analysis and modeling can help to assimilate methods faster 


students taking this class should acquire skills in qualitative and quantitative methods used for Ecosystem-Based Management