Environmental Studies

TITLE OF COURSE: Research Methodology 1


STATUS OF COURSE/MODULE (REQUIRED/ELECTIVE): Required
NAME OF COURSE/MODULE TEACHER: Neven BočićNenad BuzjakSanja FaivreBorna Fuerst-Bjeliš
LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION IN COURSE/MODULE: Croatian, English
NUMBER OF INSTRUCTION HOURS: 12


OUTLINE OF COURSE/MODULE CONTENT

Geomorphological research of the karst environments
Structural-geomorphological research into karst. Research into the interdependence of reliefs and geological structures. Concentrated research into sinkholes, analyses of spatial distribution, density, orientation. Morphometrical analyses of reliefs, neighbourhood methods, GIS.
Exogeomorphological research into karst. Conditions, processes, dynamics and the evolution of karst. Emphasis on research of plateaux and paleohydrographic networks. Paleoclimatic and paleo-environmental changes in karst. Karst and other types of relief. Evaluation of the sustainable utilisation of karst. Research Methodology: mapping, analysis and dating of sediments, measuring denudation intensity, cartographic and GIS analyses.
Speleology and geospeleology. Conditions, processes and dynamics of speleogenesis, speleomorphology. Paleoclimatic archives and reconstruction of environmental dynamics. Research Methodology: mapping, drafting profiles, hydrological and microclimatic measurement, dating, geochemical and sedimentological analyses, morphometry.
Geomorphological research of glacial environments
Research into the morphological traces of Pleistocene glaciation. Reconstruction of paleoclimatic relations. Research Methodology: geomorphological field mapping, morphometric analysis of reliefs, analysis of climatic elements, taking samples, dating and analysing sediments.
Research into the marine environment.
Analysis of Holocene changes in sea levels, paleoclimate and paleo-environments. Research into changes in sea levels with the aid of geomorphological, archaeological, biological and sedimentological markers. Eustatic, glacio-hydro-isostatic and tectonic components. Research Methodology: field work methods, mapping, taking samples, drafting geomorphological profiles and layouts, dating sediments, analysis of the paleoclimate and paleo-environment through sediment analysis.
Coastal Geomorphology. Research into geomorphological processes and relief forms. Research Methodology: field work and mapping, taking samples, dating, morphological analyses, GIS analyses.
Applied geo-ecological research
Research into the physical-geographical components of the environment with emphasis on geomorphological, hydrogeographical and micro-climatic characteristics of terrains and their mutual connections and relations significant in understanding the functioning of the geo-ecosystem, their endangered state, protection and sustainable utilisation. Research Methodology: field work, geomorphological and geo-ecological mapping, regionalisation and evaluation, computer analysis, and analysis of cartographic sources with the use of GIS technology.
Research into environmental changes on the basis of narrative and graphical (cartographic) sources from the 18th to the 21st century
Research encompasses changes in the environment spatially orientated to the Mediterranean karst and the peri-Mediterranean area and bordering areas, primarily within the time frame of the last 250 years. Environmental changes largely encompass deforestation and re-forestation processes, in direct causal connection with changes in the way of life and littoralisation on the one hand, and de-agrarisation and depopulation on the other. Research Methods: primarily research of accessible narratives (travelogues), cadastral and cartographic sources. GIS technology shall be used in the spatial analysis of data.

 

READING LIST

Anderson, D.E., Goudie, A.S., Parker, A.G., 2007: Global Environments through the Quaternary, Exploring Environmental change, Oxford.
Bočić, N., 2009: Relations between speleogenesis and surface morphogenesis of an exhumed karst plain (The Slunj karst plain, Dinaric karst, Croatia). Proceedings of 15th International congress of Speleology “Karst Horizons”, Kerrville, Texas, USA, July 19-26, 2009. Vol. 2., 808-813.
Bočić, N., Faivre., S., Kovačić, M., Horvatinčić, N., 2012: Cave development under the influence of Pleistocene glaciation in the Dinarides – an example from Štirovača Ice Cave (Velebit Mt., Croatia), Z. Geomorph. N.F., 56/4, 409-433.
Buzjak, N., 2008: Geoekološko vrednovanje speleoloških pojava Žumberačke gore. Hrvatski geografski glasnik, 70/2, 73-89.
Buzjak, N., Buzjak, S., Orešić, D., 2011: Florističke, mikroklimatske i geomorfološke značajke ponikve Japage na Žumberku (Hrvatska). Šumarski list, 3-4, 127-137 .
Buzjak, N., Petković, A., Faivre, S., 2013: Intenzitet prirasta i subkutane krške korozije u dolini rijeke Krke (Hrvatska). Hrvatski geografski glasnik, 75/2.
Church, J.A., Woodworth, P.L., Aarup, T., Wilson, W.S. (eds), 2010: Understanding sea-level rise and variability, Wiley.
Fairchild, I.J. & Baker, A., 2012: Speleothem Science, From Process to Past Environments, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, 432 str.
Faivre, S., Bakran-Petricioli, T., Horvatinčić, N., 2010: Relative Sea-Level Change during the Late Holocene on the Island of Vis (Croatia) – Issa harbour archaeological site, Geodinamica Acta, 23/5-6, 209-223.
Faivre, S., Bakran-Petricioli, T., Horvatinčić, N., Sironić, A., 2013: Distinct phases of relative sea level changes in the central Adriatic during the last 1500 years – influence of climatic variations?, Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 369, 163-174.
Faivre, S., Pahernik, M., 2007: Structural influences on the spatial distribution of dolines Island of Brač, Croatia, Z. Geomorph. N.F. 51, 4, str. 487-503.
Fuerst-Bjeliš, B., Cvitanović, M., Petrić, H., 2011: Što je povijest okoliša u Hrvatskoj (What is environmental history in Croatia?)?, u: Hughes, J.D.,: Što je povijest okoliša, 175-198, Disput, Zagreb.
Fuerst-Bjeliš, B., Lozić, S., Cvitanović, M., Durbešić, A., 2011: Promjene okoliša središnjeg dijela Dalmatinske zagore od 18. stoljeća // Zagora između stočarsko-ratarske tradicije te procesa litoralizacije i globalizacije / Matas, Mate ; Faričić, Josip (ur.).Zadar, Split : Sveučilište u Zadru; Kulturni sabor Zagore ; Ogranak Matice hrvatske Split, 117-130
Tekić, I., Fuerst-Bjeliš, B., Durbešić, A., 2014: Rasprostranjenost alepskog bora (Pinus halepensis Mill.) i njegov utjecaj na vegetaciju i strukturu pejzaža šireg šibenskog područja. // Šumarski list : znanstveno-stručno i staleško glasilo Hrvatskoga šumarskog društva. 11-12; 593-600
Fürst-Bjeliš, B., 2003: Reading the Venetian Cadastral Record: An Evidence For the Environment, Population and Cultural Landscape of the 18 Century Dalmatia, Hrvatski geografski glasnik, 65/1, str. 47-62. Zagreb.
Palmer, A., 2007: Cave geology. Cave Books. Dayton, Ohio, 454 str.


DESCRIPTION OF INSTRUCTION METHODS
Lectures and consultations. Each course teacher shall deliver 2-4 lectures, depending on the representiveness of the theme and methodology.
DESCRIPTION OF COURSE/MODULE REQUIREMENTS
Regular attendance at lectures. Giving form to the methodological framework of his/her own research. Fulfilment of obligations shall be confirmed by the course teachers by their signatures in the student’s record book (Index).
DESCRIPTION OF MONITORING OF TEACHING QUALITY
The mechanisms of institutional monitoring of teaching quality (the Regulations on Doctoral Study of the University of Zagreb, Form DR.SC. -04, DR.SC. -09).
ECTS: The ECTS system shall not be applied

 

TITLE OF COURSE: Research Methodology 2


STATUS OF COURSE/MODULE (REQUIRED/ELECTIVE): Required
NAME OF COURSE/MODULE TEACHER: Ivan ČanjevacAnita FilipčićMladen MaradinDanijel Orešić
LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION IN COURSE/MODULE: Croatian, English
NUMBER OF INSTRUCTION HOURS: 8


OUTLINE OF COURSE/MODULE CONTENT

Sources of data on hydrogeography, the history of gauging stations, comparative evaluation of the importance and manner of analysis of data on water and flow; detached elements of non-stagnant water and basin areas (depending on the requirements and pre-knowledge of the students).
Sources of data in climatology – meta-data.
Temporal sequences in hydrogeography; the question of the length of data sequences; the homogeneity of temporal sequences; trends in hydrogeography. Analysis of types and changes in free-flowing regimes.
Statistical analysis of temporal sequences in climatology; homogeneity; trends; temporal interpolation; curve smoothing methods; variability analysis of climate time series and spatial data; cluster analysis in  climatological research.
Thematic cartography in climatology, methods of spatial interpolation.
Climatic indices.
Methods of establishing the quantity of precipitations in a basin (catchment area): by the isohypse method, isohyets method, combination method; establishing the coefficient of runoff, the water balance and its meaning.
Discharge regimes and their changes; Importance and methods for determination of sustainable and ecologically acceptable flow; Ecological state of rivers with the special emphasis on hydromorphological elements; Fieldwork monitoring of hydromorphological quality elements in lakes and rivers.

 

READING LIST

Čanjevac, I., Orešić, D., 2015: Contemporary changes of mean annual and seasonal river discharges in Croatia, Hrvatski geografski glasnik 77 (1), 7-27. 
Čanjevac, I., 2013: Tipologija protočnih režima rijeka u Hrvatskoj, Hrvatski geografski glasnik  75 (1), 23-42.
Mayer, D., 2004: Voda – od nastanka do upotrebe. Prosvjeta d.o.o., Zagreb
Maradin, M., Filipčić, A., 2012: Prostorne razlike u varijabilnosti padalina središnje Hrvatske. Hrvatski geografski glasnik, 74, 1, 41-59
Maradin, M., 2013: Varijabilnost padalina na području Hrvatske s maritimnim pluviometrijskim režimom. Geoadria, 18, 1, 3-27
Plantak, M., Čanjevac, I., Vidaković, I., 2016: Morfološko stanje tekućica u poriječju Ilove, Hrvatski geografski glasnik 78 (1), 5-24.
Storch, v. H., Zwiers, F. W., 2002: Statistical Analysis in Climate Research. Cambridge University Press. 
Žugaj, R., 2000: Hidrologija. Udžbenik Sveučilišta u Zagrebu, Zagreb.


DESCRIPTION OF INSTRUCTION METHODS
Lectures and consultations. Each course teacher shall deliver 2-4 lectures, depending on the representation of the theme and methodology.
DESCRIPTION OF COURSE/MODULE REQUIREMENTS
Regular attendance at lectures. Giving form to the methodological framework of his/her own research. Fulfilment of obligations shall be confirmed by the course teachers by their signatures in the student’s record book (Index).
DESCRIPTION OF MONITORING OF TEACHING QUALITY
The mechanisms of institutional monitoring of teaching quality (the Regulations on Doctoral Study of the University of Zagreb, Form DR.SC. -04, DR.SC. -09).
ECTS: The ECTS system shall not be applied.