ENVT5517 Ecological Rehabilitation

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Multi-mode
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours option in Environmental Science [Bachelor of Science (Honours)]
Ecological rehabilitation is the science of repairing essential ecosystem structures and functions in environments that have been impacted by industrial, urban, or other disturbances. It does not imply restoration; that is, return of the environment to an identical pre-disturbance state, but instead acknowledges the irreversibility of some environmental changes and seeks to identify the options that deliver the greatest ecological value under these conditions. Ecological rehabilitation integrates scientific expertise from geology, soils, hydrology, botany, zoology, ecology, and social sciences to develop holistic intervention strategies to repair ecosystem structure and function. Students will acquire skills and knowledge in each of these disciplines and use them to assess degradation and formulate intervention strategies for impacted sites.
Students are able to (1) identify major sources of land-based environmental impacts resulting from mining and refining operations and assess the likely magnitude of these impacts

; (2) discuss the factors that need to be considered when selecting rehabilitation targets and overall end land use goal in post?mining landscapes; (3) critically assess analytical methods, and analyse and interpret data for characterisation of mine site materials, integrating these data in formulation of impact assessments and proposed management strategies; (4) formulate practical plans for the rehabilitation of land used for mining and/or refining operations based on an in?depth knowledge of the fundamental scientific processes causing these impacts and an awareness of best practice management strategies
; and (5) critically assess the adequacy of land rehabilitation and monitoring plans and develop creative and innovative strategies for improving them.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) individual report - identifying suitable natural analogues

; (2) individual report - analytical methods for post-mining soil substrates
; and (3) report - remediation of post-mining soil substrates. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Talitha Santini
Unit rules
Advisable prior study:
ENVT4422 Research Methods in Environmental Science
ENVT4421 Fundamentals of Environmental Management
Contact hours
Lectures: 2 hours per week
Tutorials/workshops: up to 2 hours per week
Field trip: online in 2020
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