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MSc in Environmental Monitoring, Modelling & Reconstruction

University of Manchester

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This Masters programme focuses on the analysis of dynamic environments, past present, and future. Concerns over human impacts on the environment have stimulated demand from governments and industry for the monitoring, analysis and modelling of natural processes in environmental systems. This is essential if we are to improve understanding of the interrelation of environmental variables in order to predict and manage their responses to anthropogenic perturbations. The programme provides two sets of skills essential to these aims: - the theoretical knowledge and practical skills necessary to collect analyse and interpret environmental data - the modelling skills required to investigate the inter-relationships between different variables and their responses to changing conditions. The programme is directed by Dr. Martin Evans, with inputs from other physical geographers working on a wide variety of aspects of environmental change. To date, the MSc in Environmental Monitoring and Modelling has a good track record in providing a spring-board for students to go on to careers in environmental industries, consultancies, and government agencies, or to further research for higher degrees. Recent graduates have found employment in agencies like the UK Atomic Energy Authority and The Environment Agency, as well as moved on to undertake full-time research for a PhD. Programme Contents Teaching focuses on training in theory, concepts and research skills in the first semester, and practical applications and research experience in the second semester. The programme is normally taken full time but is also well suited to part time study over two or three years. Course units are taught in small-group interactive styles with a mix of lectures, tutorials, seminars, practicals and presentations. A range of Physical Geographers provide training in their specialised fields covering both content and practical research methods. In a typical week MSc students would expect to spend time in the library preparing for seminars, in the laboratory, completing practicals, in the dedicated postgraduate computer laboratory, writing reports, or working on Geocomputation practicals, as well as in the classroom. In the second semester in particular there is increasing opportunity to go out into the field, both for practicals and to gain research experience by doing field research with members of staff. The department maintains an intensively monitored catchment on the moors near Snake Pass in the Peak District and this is the focus of several practical exercises, as well as a source for data to support dissertation work. Field and laboratory research are essential to the learning process in environmental monitoring, and these form integrated parts of both the taught units and dissertation work. Typical core course units cover: Environmental Change, Environmental Remote Sensing, Environmental Monitoring and Modelling Concepts, Environmental Reconstruction, GIS Applications in Environmental Monitoring & Modelling, and Environmental Monitoring and Modelling Practice, Generic Research and Personal Skills. By the end of the programme, you will have acquired an advanced level of theoretical knowledge and practical experience in: fieldlaboratory monitoring techniques for analysis of environmental processesadvanced techniques for chemical and magnetic analysis of environmental materials field and laboratory techniques for palaeoenvironmental reconstruction based on stratigraphic studies of sediment cores, including microfossil and pollen analysis GIS and remote sensing, and advanced statistical methods, including use of computer packages like SPSS computer programming in Visual BASIC and its use in environmental modelling experiments designing, planning, funding and executing research projects in environmental monitoring, or palaeoenvironmental reconstruction, and processinganalysing the results logically, using objective statistical methods andor mathematical mod

This Masters programme focuses on the analysis of dynamic environments, past present, and future. Concerns over human impacts on the environment have stimulated demand from governments and industry for the monitoring, analysis and modelling of natural processes in environmental systems. This is essential if we are to improve understanding of the interrelation of environmental variables in order...

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