In Basic Sampling II: Mapping and Vegetation Ecology, students learn how to operate a handheld Global Positioning System (GPS) device. Students also learn terrestrial monitoring techniques from environmental experts on soil and vegetation ecology.
- Know GPS: What it is? Where it comes from? And, how it works?
- Learn about GPS unit setup, menus, and additional options
- Understand how to find, track, and mark waypoints
- Recognize the importance of knowing different coordinate systems
- Learn purchasing considerations when buying a GPS unit
- Know best management practices for GPS and mapping
- Understand maps and how to use compasses
- Define ecosystems
- Develop a firm understanding of BEC (biogeoclimatic classification) zones
- Define plants
- Understand soils
- Understand an environmental monitor's duties when monitoring terrestrial environments
This course is one of 10 courses that make up the Environmental Monitoring Online Certificate (EMC). Students have the option to enrol in individual courses without having to complete the Environmental Monitoring Certificate.