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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
FOREST SCIENCE - SCIENZE FORESTALI
Course unit
NATURAL DISTURBANCES ECOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT
AVP7078857, A.A. 2017/18

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2017/18

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
FOREST SCIENCE - SCIENZE FORESTALI (Ord. 2017)
AV2091, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2017/18
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Degree course track FOREST AND LAND MANAGEMENT [001LE]
Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination NATURAL DISTURBANCES ECOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT
Website of the academic structure http://www.agrariamedicinaveterinaria.unipd.it/
Department of reference Department of Land, Environment, Agriculture and Forestry
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Branch LEGNARO (PD)

Lecturers
Teacher in charge EMANUELE LINGUA AGR/05

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines AGR/05 Forestry and Silviculture 6.0

Mode of delivery (when and how)
Period First semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Organisation of didactics
Type of hours Credits Hours of
teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Shifts
Practice 2.0 16 34.0 No turn
Lecture 4.0 32 68.0 No turn

Calendar
Start of activities 02/10/2017
End of activities 19/01/2018

Syllabus
Prerequisites: Forest Ecology, Forest Management, Silviculture
Target skills and knowledge: Students will learn the disturbance ecology of abiotic agents (fire, avalanches, rockfalls, wind, etc.) and their effects on forest stands. Students will acquire knowledge on pre and post disturbance practices devoted to impact mitigation, and will gain the skill to manage forests subjected to disturbances by using instruments, methods and technologies both in the prevention and restoration stages
Examination methods: Oral exam
Assessment criteria: The final grade will be based upon performance on the Final Exam and on the active participation in class discussions. Attendance is not mandatory, but strongly encouraged.
Course unit contents: Disturbance ecology. Natural Disturbances: definitions, categories. Disturbance regimes. Disturbance analysis. Disturbances and biodiversity. Volcanoes, earthquakes. Landslides, rockfalls, avalanches, windthrows and snow breaks, gap dynamics. Forest fires. Fire Ecology. Forest fuels. Fire behavior. Firefighting. Fire management and planning. Post disturbance restoration.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Frontal lectures, seminars, and field trips
Additional notes about suggested reading: Lectures slides, handouts, and readings will be available via website https://elearning.unipd.it/scuolaamv/
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Pyne S.J., Andrews P.L., Laven R.D, Introduction to Wildland Fire. Second edition.. New Jork: John Wiley and Sons, 1996. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Pickett S.T.A., White P.S, The ecology of natural disturbance and patch dynamics. London: Academic Press, 1986. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Oliver C.D., Larson B.C., Forest stand dynamics. New Jork: John Wiley and Sons, 1996. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Lindenmayer D.B., Burton P.J., Franklin J.F., Salvage logging and its ecological consequences. Washington DC: Island press, 2008. Cerca nel catalogo