Links to each Test
TEST 1: This quiz is based on the paper "Global warming and terrestrial biodiversity decline", Malcolm, J.R. and Markham, A., 2000, WWF. You can find this paper in your course documents. Read it carefully, and when you are done, carry out the test.
TEST 2: This quiz is based on the paper "Impacts of Climate Change in the Tropics: The African Experience", by Anthony Nyong (as presented to the UK Meteorology Office's Symposium on "Avoiding Dangerous Climate Change" in Exeter, February 2005). You can find this paper in your course documents. Read it carefully, and when you are done, carry out the test.
TEST 3: This quiz appraises how well you have understood and remembered the courses you have covered this week (Chapters 4 and 5). When you are ready to take the test, you can download it from:
TEST 4: This quiz is based on the paper "Global Climate Change and Natural Area Protection: Management Reponses and Research Directions", Halpin,P.N., 1997, Ecological Applications, Vol 7, No 3. You can find this paper in your course documents. Read it carefully, and when you are done, carry out the test.
TEST 5: This quiz appraises how well you have understood and remembered Chapters 6 and 7. These are both relatively detailed chapters, so be sure that you are ready to take the test before you begin.
TEST 6: This quiz appraises how well you have understood and remembered Chapters 8 and 9. In addition, it may also include questions from the DEAT guidelines on Environmental Economics, which is included as an attachment to Chapter 9. You should ensure you have read this paper and understood as many of the principles as possible, with particular focus on the section regarding externalities and valuation (pages 5-12). When you are ready to take the test, you can download it from:
REMEMBER: you will be marked on the first quiz that you submit. We have received several copies of quizzes from some people, but only the first one recieved will be considered for appraisal. So make certain you're ready to take the quiz before you do so.
NEXT WEEK we will be carrying out a practical exercise. I understand that as yet some of you do not have access to ArcView 3.2. We are currently attempting to rectify the situation. If you do not have ArcView 3.2 please email James Reeler or post a reply to the "Arcview?" thread on the discussion board.
You will be carrying out a GAM (General Additive Model) to determine the future distribution of a mammal species within Africa under climate change conditions. For an overview of the practical, a presentation can be viewed here:
You will need to download and install the following three files. When prompted for an install location, just use the default location specified.
R statistical package installation (23.9Mb)
R additional modeling package (1.95Mb)
Practical data and shapefiles (5.86Mb)
These should add a folder onto your C:\ drive called "Climate Change Course Practical". All the necessary data for your practical can be found within this folder.
You will need access to access to ArcView 3.2 plus Spatial Analyst in order to carry out this exercise. Although this exercise can be done using ARC GIS 9.X we do not advice doing this unless you are very familiar with the software. Unfortunately time prevented us from develop the necessary help systems to undertake the practical.
You will be required to prepare a writeup of your model. Included in the folder are an outline of the practical writeup that will be required, and a template that you must fill out and complete. Read the instructions for these very carefully - it is essential that you fill them out accurately and with a minimum of formatting errors.These documents can also be found online:
In order to fill in the template, you will need to prepare data for modelling, and then run a model prediction using a GAM. An HTML guide has been prepared to demonstrate how to prepare the data for modelling and run a GAM model using R. This demonstration also has a number of flash animations to describe some of the more complicated processes. However, not everything for the practical is completely described here - there are some elements of the exercise that will require to you to apply the skills you should have accumulated throughout the process. The HTML guide is available here: