ENV 232 - Principles in Floodplain Ecology

3 credits (PREREQUISITE: ENV 103)

During this course students will learn to study the flow dynamics of the Connecticut River and how they relate to global flooding concerns along major rivers. Topics covered include: the structure, function and value of river floodplain ecosystems; functioning of river floodplain systems (river continuum, flood-pulse, connectivity, disturbance and stability); energy and matter flux; global status quo of floodplain ecosystems; heavily impacted river systems, including ecological deficits, constraints of human needs and public interests to establish semi-natural conditions; and conservation and restoration strategies. Laboratory and field work included. (Sp)