2019 Landscape Ecology

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Graduate major in Global Engineering for Development, Environment and Society
Tanaka Akira 
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Course description and aims

Landscape ecology is an applied science which practically focuses on ecosystem complex from the viewpoints of spatial expanse and the scenery, and theoretical basis for ecosystem management, greenery development and nature restoration in actual society. This course will introduce the basis of ecology, methods for habitat evaluation, and discuss social systems to keep the balance between human activities and ecosystem management through recent advanced cases inside and outside Japan.

Student learning outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be able to:
1) explain the structure of ecosystem complex from the viewpoints of spatial expanse and the scenery
2) evaluate habitat with Habitat Suitability Index (HSI)
3) explain social systems such as Environmental Impact Assessment for ecosystem management through advanced cases inside and outside Japan.


Eco-System, Wild life, Red Data Book, Biodiversity, Sustainable Development, Environmental Impact Assessment, Mitigation Banking, Habitat Evaluation Procedures, Habitat Suitable Index

Competencies that will be developed

Intercultural skills Communication skills Specialist skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills
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Class flow

The course basically provides lectures.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Viewpoints of landscape ecology Acquire knowledge of basic viewpoints for landscape ecology as well as structure of this class.
Class 2 Positive and negative impacts of human activities to the environment Acquire knowledge of impacts of human activities to natural environment.
Class 3 Quantitative Habitat Evaluation Procedures (HEP) Acquire knowledge of quantitative evaluation method on habitat.
Class 4 Habitat Suitable Index (HSI) Acquire knowledge of modelling for habitat evaluation.
Class 5 Application cases of HEP collect cases of HEP.
Class 6 Impacts of projects and the mitigation Acquire knowledge of mitigation methods of project impacts.
Class 7 Biodiversity offset Acquire knowledge of offset method for biodiversity management.
Class 8 Biodiversity banking Acquire knowledge of banking method for biodiversity management.


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Reference books, course materials, etc.

Kazuhiko Takeuchi, "Creating a New Eco-environment", University of Tokyo Press, ISBN 978-4-13-063306-2 (Japanese)
Akira Tanaka, "Theory and Practices for Habitat Evaluation Procedure (HEP) in Japan", Asakura Publishing, ISBN 978-4-254-18036-7 (Japanese)

Assessment criteria and methods

Evaluate understanding of habitat evaluation and systems for ecosystem management as well as specific methods (exercises in the class 50%, final report 50%).

Related courses

  • GEG.S401 : Environmental Policy
  • GEG.E501 : Environmental Impact Assessment

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

No prerequisites.


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