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Ecosystems


Provider
iTunes U

Price
Free

School
The Open University

Type
University

Instructors
Unknown, Chris Bruce, Sean Hickey, Rhoda Hahn, Michael Breed, Brian & Steven Lower, Cheryl Steighner

Category
Environmental Science

Format
Video

Language
English

Description
Ecosystems are networks of living organisms that interact with each other and their physical environment. The scientific study of ecosystems is known as 'ecology'. Studying an ecosystem enables us to better appreciate the value of the biodiversity within it, and how protecting habitats leads to the preservation of the flora and fauna, including those organisms in danger of extinction. If we don’t grasp why ecosystems function, it becomes harder to determine possible reasons for when they don’t, and makes it difficult to identify possible environmental threats to humans. In this learning pathway you will discover how organisms are linked together by complex interrelationships, how such links are studied and how the physical properties of a particular habitat interact with the organisms that inhabit it. Using case studies, you will come to learn how knowledge of ecosystems leads to understanding of their individual importance, and how they can be preserved. What is the importance of understanding ecosystems, what are they comprised of, and how do they work? By the end of this pathway you will be able to answer this broad question. This course is was offered as an 'In-session' course with Posts and Assignments released on a week by week basis.