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FRST 452 Coastal Field School

Faculty: Forestry
Subject: Forestry

Site diagnosis and preparation of management options in coastal forests. Extrasessional course; fees will be assessed to meet expenses.

SSC Course Schedule - FRST 452 Coastal Field School

FRST 485 Forest Watershed Management

Faculty: Forestry
Subject: Forestry

Effects of land management on quality, quantity and timing of water flow.

SSC Course Schedule - FRST 485 Forest Watershed Management

FRST 490 Visual Resource Management and Planning for Aesthetics

Faculty: Forestry
Subject: Forestry

Methodologies for visual analysis, perceptions, planning & management of urban, natural and working landscapes, and implications for sustainable land-use management & community engagement. Credit will be granted for only one of FRST 490 or FRST 551.

SSC Course Schedule - FRST 490 Visual Resource Management and Planning for Aesthetics

FRST 491 Visualization and Forest Design

Faculty: Forestry
Subject: Forestry

GIS-based spatial planning and 3D landscape visualization for forest management.

SSC Course Schedule - FRST 491 Visualization and Forest Design

FRST 495 Biological Diversity and Forest Management

Faculty: Forestry
Subject: Forestry

Principles, problems, and practices of managing forests and nature reserves for biological diversity; integration of forestry and wildlife with particular emphasis on diversity of all life forms.

SSC Course Schedule - FRST 495 Biological Diversity and Forest Management

FRST 504 Landscape Ecology

Faculty: Forestry
Subject: Forestry

SSC Course Schedule - FRST 504 Landscape Ecology

FRST 508 Forest Insect Ecology

Faculty: Forestry
Subject: Forestry

Interactions between insects and forests; evaluation of current approaches to research in forest entomology; examination of theories and axioms; application of ecological principles in pest management.

SSC Course Schedule - FRST 508 Forest Insect Ecology

FRST 512 Belowground Forest Ecosystems

Faculty: Forestry
Subject: Forestry

Review of current literature on specific topics in forest soil ecology, including bacterial endophytes, microbial diversity, nutrient cycling, and mycorrhizae. Students with either APBI 412 or CONS 412 will not be allowed to take FRST 512.

SSC Course Schedule - FRST 512 Belowground Forest Ecosystems

FRST 519 Forests and Society

Faculty: Forestry
Subject: Forestry

Emphasis on tropical and sub-tropical countries, where the majority of forest-dependent people live.

SSC Course Schedule - FRST 519 Forests and Society

FRST 521B Topics in Forests and Society

FRST 522 Social, Community, and Indigenous Forestry

FRST 523 Forest and Environmental Policy

FRST 524 Environmental Perception

Faculty: Forestry
Subject: Forestry

Perceptual processes mediating behaviour in humans, with special attention given to the emotional processing of visual stimuli.

SSC Course Schedule - FRST 524 Environmental Perception

FRST 534 Natural Resources Economics

FRST 538 Advanced Remote Sensing

Faculty: Forestry
Subject: Forestry

SSC Course Schedule - FRST 538 Advanced Remote Sensing

FRST 547 Forestry in British Columbia

FRST 551 Landscape Planning for Sustainability

Faculty: Forestry
Subject: Forestry

Analysis, perception, planning of landscapes, and integration of social acceptability with sustainability. Credit will be granted for only one of FRST 490 or FRST 551.

SSC Course Schedule - FRST 551 Landscape Planning for Sustainability

FRST 552 Tropical Forests: Management and Conservation

Faculty: Forestry
Subject: Forestry

The use, management, and conservation of tropical and sub-tropical forests.

SSC Course Schedule - FRST 552 Tropical Forests: Management and Conservation

FRST 553 Forest Governance

Faculty: Forestry
Subject: Forestry

SSC Course Schedule - FRST 553 Forest Governance

FRST 555 Fundamentals of Sustainable Forest Land Management

Faculty: Forestry
Subject: Forestry

Concepts and principles at the site and landscape scale.

SSC Course Schedule - FRST 555 Fundamentals of Sustainable Forest Land Management

FRST 556 Land Information Acquisition and Analysis

Faculty: Forestry
Subject: Forestry

Principles and application of data acquisition and use.

SSC Course Schedule - FRST 556 Land Information Acquisition and Analysis

FRST 557 Site-Level Forest Land Management

Faculty: Forestry
Subject: Forestry

Design and implementation of site-level plans that integrate ecological, social, and economic components: silviculture, forest operations, and forest health.

SSC Course Schedule - FRST 557 Site-Level Forest Land Management

FRST 558 Landscape-Level Forest Land Management

Faculty: Forestry
Subject: Forestry

Preparation of landscape-level sustainable forest management plans that integrate ecological, social, and economic components.

SSC Course Schedule - FRST 558 Landscape-Level Forest Land Management

FRST 559 Natural Resources Planning

Faculty: Forestry
Subject: Forestry

SSC Course Schedule - FRST 559 Natural Resources Planning

GBPR 500 Building Blocks of Forest Biomass

Faculty: Applied Science
Subject: Green Bioproducts

Anatomy, physiology, composition, ultrastructure of the cell wall, molecular organization, and chemistry of forest biomass.

SSC Course Schedule - GBPR 500 Building Blocks of Forest Biomass

GBPR 501 Biomass Fractionation Chemistry

Faculty: Applied Science
Subject: Green Bioproducts

Extraction of soluble compounds and macromolecules. Chemical and technical processes in production of pulp. Bleaching. Fiber production from woody and herbaceous biomass. Production of reactive intermediates.

SSC Course Schedule - GBPR 501 Biomass Fractionation Chemistry

GBPR 502 Sustainable BioMaterial from Forest Biomass

Faculty: Applied Science
Subject: Green Bioproducts

Properties of biopolymers/chemical and physical characterization. Fundamentals of polysaccharide chemistry and derivatives with industrial examples. Wood composites and biocomposites and carbon fiber from lignin. Biomimicry inspired functional products.

SSC Course Schedule - GBPR 502 Sustainable BioMaterial from Forest Biomass

GBPR 503 Bioenergy and Biorefinery

Faculty: Applied Science
Subject: Green Bioproducts

Understanding technology of deriving biofuels and chemical feedstocks from forest biomass. Relating chemistry of biomass for production of liquid, solid and gaseous fuels. Processing options for value-added chemicals.

SSC Course Schedule - GBPR 503 Bioenergy and Biorefinery

GEM 500 Landscape Ecology and Management

Faculty: Forestry
Subject: Geomatics for Environmental Management

Current concepts and skills in ecological modelling and spatial analysis.

SSC Course Schedule - GEM 500 Landscape Ecology and Management

GEM 510 Geographic Information Systems for Forestry and Conservation

Faculty: Forestry
Subject: Geomatics for Environmental Management

Principles and practices of Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

SSC Course Schedule - GEM 510 Geographic Information Systems for Forestry and Conservation

GEM 511 Advanced Geographic Information Systems for Environmental Management

Faculty: Forestry
Subject: Geomatics for Environmental Management

Advanced topics, techniques and functions in Geographic Information Systems.

SSC Course Schedule - GEM 511 Advanced Geographic Information Systems for Environmental Management

GEM 520 Remote Sensing for Ecosystem Management

Faculty: Forestry
Subject: Geomatics for Environmental Management

Capturing spatial data and the use of remote sensing systems to map, monitor and better manage forest, vegetation and ecosystem resources.

SSC Course Schedule - GEM 520 Remote Sensing for Ecosystem Management

GEM 521 Advanced Earth Observation and Image Processing

Faculty: Forestry
Subject: Geomatics for Environmental Management

Advanced topics and techniques in remote sensing and image processing.

SSC Course Schedule - GEM 521 Advanced Earth Observation and Image Processing

GEM 530 Geospatial Data Analysis

Faculty: Forestry
Subject: Geomatics for Environmental Management

Understanding geo-spatial data structures, databases and developing, maintaining and utilizing geo-spatial data.

SSC Course Schedule - GEM 530 Geospatial Data Analysis

GEM 540 Linear Regression Models and Introduction to Spatial Statistics

Faculty: Forestry
Subject: Geomatics for Environmental Management

SSC Course Schedule - GEM 540 Linear Regression Models and Introduction to Spatial Statistics

GEM 580 Geoinformatics Seminar

Faculty: Forestry
Subject: Geomatics for Environmental Management

Current events in geomatics applications in environmental management.

SSC Course Schedule - GEM 580 Geoinformatics Seminar

GEM 599 Project Proposal Development and Proof of Concept

Faculty: Forestry
Subject: Geomatics for Environmental Management

Develop, write and present the components of an effective proposal focused on exploring an environmental issue.

SSC Course Schedule - GEM 599 Project Proposal Development and Proof of Concept

GEOB 102 Our Changing Environment: Climate and Ecosystems

Faculty: Arts
Subject: Geographical Biogeosciences

Energy and water in the Earth-Atmosphere system, global climates and climate change, ecosystem properties and processes, human impacts. Please consult the Faculty of Science Credit Exclusion Lists: www.students.ubc.ca/calendar/index.cfm?tree=12,215,410,414.

SSC Course Schedule - GEOB 102 Our Changing Environment: Climate and Ecosystems

GEOB 103 Our Changing Environment: Water and Landscapes

Faculty: Arts
Subject: Geographical Biogeosciences

Physical processes acting at the Earth's surface; water cycle; landforms; human impacts. Please consult the Faculty of Science Credit Exclusion Lists: www.students.ubc.ca/calendar/index.cfm?tree=12,215,410,414.

SSC Course Schedule - GEOB 103 Our Changing Environment: Water and Landscapes

GEOB 200 Atmospheric Environments

Faculty: Arts
Subject: Geographical Biogeosciences

Physical principles underlying weather and climates. Thermal, moisture and wind climates at scales from valleys to the globe. Daily weather, air pollution, global change. Credit will be granted for only one of GEOB 200, GEOB 204, GEOG 200, GEOG 204, or AGRO 244.

SSC Course Schedule - GEOB 200 Atmospheric Environments

GEOB 204 Introduction to Biometeorology

Faculty: Arts
Subject: Geographical Biogeosciences

Basic principles and processes of climatology. Energy and water balance concepts. Weather systems and climate change, microclimate of soils, crops, forests, and animals. Credit will be granted for only one of GEOB 200, GEOB 204, or APBI 244.

SSC Course Schedule - GEOB 204 Introduction to Biometeorology

GEOB 206 Geomorphic Processes and Hazards

Faculty: Arts
Subject: Geographical Biogeosciences

Earth surface processes shaping the landscape; identification of hazards and hazardous areas associated with these processes; introduction to techniques for measurement and analysis at various spatial and time scales; field trips are required.

SSC Course Schedule - GEOB 206 Geomorphic Processes and Hazards

GEOB 207 Introduction to Biogeography

Faculty: Arts
Subject: Geographical Biogeosciences

Geographical ecology emphasizing plant distributions, abiotic-biotic interactions, effects of disturbance, succession, and human impacts across scales. Labs and field trips examine a local site.

SSC Course Schedule - GEOB 207 Introduction to Biogeography

GEOB 305 Introduction to Hydrology

Faculty: Arts
Subject: Geographical Biogeosciences

Principles of hydrology at site, watershed, and larger regional scales. Introduction to techniques of measurement and analysis. Emphasizes surface water hydrology of western North America.

SSC Course Schedule - GEOB 305 Introduction to Hydrology

GEOB 307 Biogeography and Global Change

Faculty: Arts
Subject: Geographical Biogeosciences

Biogeographic concepts in understanding responses in ecosystems to environmental change at global, regional, and local scales. Conservation issues such as the loss of biodiversity and endangered species.

SSC Course Schedule - GEOB 307 Biogeography and Global Change

GEOB 308 Quaternary and Applied Geomorphology

Faculty: Arts
Subject: Geographical Biogeosciences

Quaternary landscape development emphasizing the history of glaciation with special reference to western North America; applications of geomorphology in resource development and land management; interpretation of quaternary materials. Weekend field trips required.

SSC Course Schedule - GEOB 308 Quaternary and Applied Geomorphology

GEOB 400 Global Change Science

Faculty: Arts
Subject: Geographical Biogeosciences

Processes controlling the planetary cycles of elements like carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus, the human perturbation of these biogeochemical cycles, and the consequences for the atmosphere, terrestrial ecosystems, and aquatic ecosystems.

SSC Course Schedule - GEOB 400 Global Change Science

GEOB 401 Urban Meteorology

Faculty: Arts
Subject: Geographical Biogeosciences

The impact of urbanization upon atmospheric processes and climates. The energy and water balances of cities. Meteorological effects (urban heat island, precipitation modification, etc.) and their significance. Models of the urban atmosphere.

SSC Course Schedule - GEOB 401 Urban Meteorology

GEOB 402 Air Pollution Meteorology

Faculty: Arts
Subject: Geographical Biogeosciences

The nature of atmospheric pollutants. The ability of the atmosphere to disperse, transform, and remove pollutants. Air pollution dispersion models. Air quality monitoring, criteria, and standards.

SSC Course Schedule - GEOB 402 Air Pollution Meteorology

GEOB 405 Fluvial Geomorphology

Faculty: Arts
Subject: Geographical Biogeosciences

Introduction to open channel flow and sediment transport. River morphology and channel types. Palaeohydrology. The development of channel networks.

SSC Course Schedule - GEOB 405 Fluvial Geomorphology

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