Mar 6th 2017

Environmental Challenges: Human Impact in the Natural Environment (FutureLearn)

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Complexity in nature arises from a myriad of simple interactions. How can this lead to an unpredictable dynamism? This course explores three basic principles when considering how natural systems are organised: Causality; Internal dynamics vs external drivers; The mathematics of human ecology.

Humans like to compartmentalise – dividing things into categories and boxes. They also like to look for ‘cause and effect’, reducing action and reaction to defined components. However, complex patterns in ecology are not always causal and predictable. Populations have their own dynamics that can be independent of external environmental conditions.

Although living systems are complex, there are also some clear patterns and simple relationships that appear to be fairly constant. In this course we look at the way that natural systems are organised, and consider how our intuition can help us decipher the dynamic.

Intrigued? Then sign up for this short course to find out more.

Gain a key environmental management skill

Each course in the program includes an exercise and revision material to help you develop a skill that is key to working in environmental management – this course develops your mathematical understanding of correlation and the limitations of statistical testing.

This course has been certified by the CPD Certification Service as conforming to continuing professional development principles. By completing all aspects of the course you will have achieved 14 hours of CPD time.