Course code JORD201

JORD201 Process Modelling in Soil Water and Plant Systems

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Course responsible: Jan Mulder
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Department of Environmental Sciences
Teaching language: EN, NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Minimum of 5, maximum of 15 students.
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Spring parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Spring parallel, .
Course frequency: Even years
First time: 2005V
Last time: 2014V
Preferential right:
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Course contents:
Lectures and practical exercises on the computer: Introduction of Model Maker 0., 1. and 2. order reactions, use of Model Maker and analytical solutions Model parameters Sensitivity analysis Effect of soil temperature and water content on reaction rate Michaelis-Menten kinetics Equilibrium reactions Mineral weathering, Nutrient cycling C and N turnover in soil Transport of water and solutes in soil and water courses. Assignments: a) 1. order reaction b) mineral weathering and c) turnover of C and N in the soil. Assignment d) is based on an introductory lecture, background literature and data the student have to construct a model, calibrate it and apply it given different scenarios.
Learning outcome:
The students shall be able to formulate, solve, apply and present simple models for major processes in the soil, water and plant system. Insight into quantitative causal connections in soil, water and plant systems is important for sustainable use and management of different ecosystems. Quantitative understanding of connections between processes in soil, water and plant systems. Evaluation of quantitative effects of different interventions. Construction of mathematical models to describe important processes in soil, water and plant systems. Evaluation of quantitative effects of different interventions in soil, water and plant systems through mathematical models. Implementation and interpretation of sensitivity and Monte Carlo analyses. Implementation and interpretation of scenario analyses. Presentation of the model and model results. The knowledge is important for sustainable use and management of different ecosystems.
Learning activities:
The course builds upon basic knowledge and process understanding obtained in lower level courses. In addition, the students have to consult recent scientific literature, in particular in relation to assignment 4 (see below). Lectures, introducing the different topics. Exercises, using Model Maker. Four assignments.
Teaching support:
The teachers are available outside of the regular lectures.
Syllabus:
Will be handed out in the lectures (notes and articles).
Prerequisites:
MATH100, KJM100, JORD101.
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
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Assessment:
There will be four assignments for submission throughout the semester. All four must receive a passing grade. All four assignments deal with models that the students have to construct and that will be used for system analyses. Assignments 1 to 3, formulated by the teachers, are linked to reviewed data exercises, which have been discussed in the lectures (each counts 20%). The final assignment for submission is based on a model, which has to be developed by the students themselves. With support from teachers, the students must find information and necessary literature (counts 40%).
Nominal workload:
150 hours.
Entrance requirements:
Special requirements in Science
Reduction of credits:
-
Type of course:
Lectures and exercises alternate and will take place in the lecture-room and computer room. Lectures: ca. 18 hours. Exercises (computer): ca. 54 hours. Independent work: 78 hours.
Note:
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Examiner:
The examiner is involved in planning. The examiner will assess the final submitted assignment together with a random sample of the first three submitted assignments.
Examination details: :