Natural Resource Appraisal
- Module code
- Module leader
- Dr John Conway
- Module level
- Module credits
- Min study time
- 150 hours
- Contact Hrs within study time
- 36 hours
- Teaching period
- Tuesday mornings, Autumn term
This module explores the range of potential resources that might be available to a community, based on trends in past, present and possible future global resource use and develops skills in field survey techniques, analytical methods and systems for interpreting information.
Part 1: physical resources:
Oceans, geology, soil, water and climate.
Part 2: biological resources:
Forests, grasslands, crops, livestock, fisheries and wildlife.
To achieve credit for this module, students must be able to:
- Appraise past and present resource usage and critically evaluate likely future exploitation of resources in relation to sustainable principles.
- Complete a Phase 1 habitat survey and critically assess the validity of the methodology.
- Examine the physical resources of an area and prepare a critical assessment of their value for sustainable development
|Coursework||1 x report - physical resource appraisal of selected site.||50%|
|Coursework||1 x report - Phase 1 habitat appraisal of selected site||50%|
Students should be familiar with the content of at least one of the following:
- Aber, J.D. and Mellilo, J.M. (2001). Terrestrial Ecosystems. Harcourt Academic Press.
- Brenchley, P.J. and Rawson, P.F. (2006). The Geology of England and Wales. (2nd edition). Geological Society.
- Deklemm, C. (1992). Conservation of Natural Habitats Outside Protected Areas. Council of Europe.
- Highley, D. (2001). Collation of the Results of the 2001 Aggregate Minerals Survey for England and Wales. British Geological Survey.
- Highley, D.E., Chapman, G.R. and Bonel, K.A. (2004). The Economic Importance of Minerals to the UK. British Geological Survey.
- Jones, J.A.A. (2010). Water Sustainability - A Global Perspective. Hodder.
- Landon, J.R. (1991). Booker Tropical Soil Manual: A Handbook for Soil Survey and Agricultural Land Evaluation in the Tropics and Subtropics. Longman; Longman Scientific and Technical.
- Marker, B.R. (ed.) (2005). Sustainable Minerals Operations in the Developing World. Geological Society. (Geological Society special publication, 250).
- Mavi, H.S. and Tupper, G.J. (2004). Agrometeorology: Principles and Applications of Climate Studies in Agriculture. Food Products Press.
- Nature Conservancy Council (1990). Handbook for Phase 1 Habitat Survey: A Technique for Environmental Audit.
- Price, E. (2003). Lowland Grassland and Heathland Habitats. Routledge.
- Read, H. and Frater, M. (1999). Woodland Habitats. Routledge.
- Robson, P. Institute of Geological Sciences (1975). The Sand and Gravel Resources of the Thames Valley, the country around Cricklade, Wiltshire: description of 1:25 000 resource sheets SU 09/19 and parts of SP 00/10. (Mineral assessment report; 18). HMSO.
- Shiklomanov, I. and Rodda, J. (2003). World Water Resources at the Beginning of the 21st century. Cambridge University Press.
- Viessman, W. and Lewis, G.L. (2003). Introduction to Hydrology. (5th edition). Pearson Education.
- Watts, S. and Halliwell, L. (1996). Essential Environmental Science – Methods and Techniques.