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ENVT3339 Land Rehabilitation

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Environmental Science; Environmental Science and Management; Environmental Science and Ecology major sequences
  • Level 3 elective
Content
Restoring drastically disturbed land to an acceptable level of productivity and visual appearance has become a specialised and sophisticated branch of environmental science. In some cases whole ecosystems have to be recreated while in others the emphasis is on productive land use such as for farming and forestry. This unit builds on the basics of soil science, hydrology, and geology by developing more detailed knowledge in these fields and particular their application in urban mining and agricultural land rehabilitation settings. This is supported through exploration of case studies, hands-on practicals based on real land rehabilitation projects and industry engagement.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) identify and prioritise major issues in degraded lands requiring rehabilitation; (2) demonstrate in-depth knowledge of urban rehabilitation scenarios including acid sulfate soil management, contaminant transport, and related hydrology; (3) demonstrate in-depth knowledge of mine site rehabilitation as part of mine site environmental management, including pH, salinity, sodicity, and erosion issues; (4) demonstrate in-depth knowledge of agricultural land rehabilitation scenarios including managing for erosion, acidity, compaction, and salinity issues; and (5) critically assess rehabilitation requirements and develop rehabilitation management plans tailored to a given site.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) individual reports (written) and (2) individual report (video). Further information is available in the unit outline.

For units commencing in May 2022 or later the availability of the supplementary assessment is subject to confirmation.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Nanthi Bolan
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of one Unit(s) ENVT2236 Soil Science or Unit(s) EART2231 Earth Materials or Unit(s) EART2234 Earth Processes or Unit(s) ENVT2251 Hydrology and Water Resource Management
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; field work/practicals/labs: 2 hours per week
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