It aims at: a) acquiring the knowledge of the structure and function of lake and river ecosystems focusing on hydromorphological, physico-chemical and in particular on biological elements and assessing and monitoring the ecological quality of surface waters in accordance with the EU Directive (2000/60/EC) having as an environmental objective to protect water and achieve good water quality.b) the public awareness about the protection and integrated management of aquatic ecosystems of inland waters. c) the acquisition of competencies in field instrumentation and sampling, identification of phytoplankton, zooplankton, benthic macroinvertebrates and fish, the use of biotic indices and specialized software for statistical analyses. d) the development of their ability to access the online library of Aristotle University and the use of foreign and greek literature, editing, writing and presentating various relevant to the subject matters individually and / or in groups.
Course Content (Syllabus)
Origin of lakes and rivers. Geomorphological features and typology. Physical characteristics of water (light, temperature, discharge, current). Chemical components of water (O2, CO2, ions, pH, nutrients, sulfur, conductivity, TDS, TSS, salinity). Organisms (benthos, plankton,fish, Waterfowl, higher plants), and methods of sampling. Food webs. Productivity. Pollution and Biomonitoring. Management. Legislation. Restoration.
1. Identification of phytoplankton. 2. Identification of zooplankton. 3. Plankton sampling-study of fresh material. 4. Identification of benthic macroinvertebrates, 5. Use of biotic indices. 6. Identification of fish.
Sampling benthic macroinvertebrates and fish in river systems, recording hydromorphological, physical and chemical characteristics – pressures and habitat modification.