Advanced Training course: RIVER FLOODPLAIN ECOLOGY – BIOGEOCHEMICAL ASPECTS AND RELATED ECOSYSTEM FUNCTIONS and RIVER FLOODPLAIN ECOLOGY – GENERAL RIVER FLOODPLAIN ECOLOGY

1. Organization

 

  • Host: Can Tho University
  • Date: 26/02/2018 – 02/03/2018
  • Venue: Meeting room, College of Aquaculture and Fisheries, Can Tho University
  • Lecturers: Prof. Thomas Hein and Dr. Elisabeth Bondar-Kunze. BOKU University, Austria
  • Attendants: total of 11 including staff and MSc  students shown in following table:
No. Names University Staff Students Nationality
1 Vo Dan Thanh AGU X Vietnam
2 Huynh Phuoc Vinh CTU X Vietnam
3 Tran Sy Nam CTU X Vietnam
4 Nguyen Xuan Loc CTU x Vietnam
5 Pin Kakada RUPP MSc Cambodia
6 Mom Lita UBB MSc Cambodia
7 Touch Nget CTU MSc Cambodia
8 Mey Sothea CTU MSc Cambodia
9 Aina Ayotunde O CTU MSc Nigeria
10 Charles Muhirwa CTU MSc Rwanda
11 Siwema Luvanga CTU MSc Tanzania

 

 

2. Contents of the course

 

Theory

I. RIVER FLOODPLAIN ECOLOGY – BIOGEOCHEMICAL ASPECTS AND RELATED ECOSYSTEM FUNCTIONS

1. Basic properties of river systems

  • Brief introduction to floodplain ecology
  • Main aspects of the aquatic ecology
  • Main characteristics of river systems
  • Rivers in the global water cycle
  • Importance of water level fluctuations
  • Global trends – nutrient levels

2. Underlying ecological concepts of river systems

  • Overview – Important concepts of river systems
  • River Continuum Concept
  • Underlying concept ‐ Nutrient Spiraling
  • Flood Pulse Concept (Junk et al. 1989)
  • Ecological connectivity
  • Worldwide Ecosystem Services
  • Restoration

3. The Human dimension and Pressures and changes of river systems

  • Human demand in the Anthropocene
  • Main threats to rivers
  • Human water use/security and river  biodiversity
  • Student presentations

II. RIVER FLOODPLAIN ECOLOGY – BIOGEOCHEMICAL ASPECTS AND RELATED ECOSYSTEM FUNCTIONS

  • Overview ecosystem functions
  • Biogeochemical processes as ecosystem functions
  • Biogeochemical processes in aquatic systems
  • Biogeochemical processes methods

III. PARTICIPANT SEMINARS
– Reading paper
– Presenting key information
– Giving an overview on relevant graphs
– Trying to link main messages / information to the situation of the Mekong
– Presentation for 15min

Practice

1. Field sampling

  • Collecting water and sediment samples along the Mekong river at polluted sites and unpolluted sites

2. Lab work – analysing different parameters

  • Nutrients – PO4 in water and sediment samples
  • Respiration: measurement of DO at different points of times within 24 hours to measure the respiration of water sample and water sample plus sediment sample
  • TSS – total suspended solids

3. Result discussion

Certification handling: at the end of the course, most of participants were awarded a certificate certified his/her participation of the course.

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