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Sustainability of Wetlands in the Eyes of the New Generation of Environmental Engineering Students

School of Geography & Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Life & Health Sciences, Ulster University, Coleraine BT52 1SA, UK
Academic Editor: Antoni Margalida
Received: 6 July 2021 / Revised: 16 July 2021 / Accepted: 20 July 2021 / Published: 26 July 2021
This research paper investigates the general understanding and skills of young third-year environmental engineering students concerning the criteria for monitoring wetlands. Students were asked to describe approaches, data, and final solutions to identify and/or eliminate wetland odor. Over half of the students (55%) did not consider the “identification” strategy by which to determine the source of unexpected odors. The rest gave answers focused on “restoration” (24%) and “prevention” (15%) strategies, while 6% of the answers were unrelated. In fact, without knowing the causes and without thinking about the necessity/importance of visiting/surveying the site, students came up with a priori solutions. In their mind, the immediate cause of the odor could be a disturbed or unbalanced distribution/composition of ions, salts, or microbes in the water. Indeed, most data types (71%) were those related to “water”. As the final solution, 50% of responses considered “physical” followed by “legal and planning” solutions (32%). Each factor, including “Chemical” and “Biological”, constituted 9% of the answers. This research highlights engineering students’ communication skills, critical thinking and problem-solving abilities by contemplating class activities that simulate real-world situations. The research presumes that these engineering student cohorts represent typical student communities worldwide. Such findings contribute to policymaking in the engineering education system on a larger scale. View Full-Text
Keywords: wetland; sustainability; undergraduate students wetland; sustainability; undergraduate students
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Amiraslani, F. Sustainability of Wetlands in the Eyes of the New Generation of Environmental Engineering Students. Conservation 2021, 1, 182-195. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/conservation1030015

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Amiraslani F. Sustainability of Wetlands in the Eyes of the New Generation of Environmental Engineering Students. Conservation. 2021; 1(3):182-195. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/conservation1030015

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Amiraslani, Farshad. 2021. "Sustainability of Wetlands in the Eyes of the New Generation of Environmental Engineering Students" Conservation 1, no. 3: 182-195. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/conservation1030015

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