Course code JORD210

JORD210 GIS and Dynamic Modelling in Soils

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Course responsible: Jan Mulder
Teachers: Danni Pearce, Line Tau Strand, Trine Aulstad Sogn Tomasgaard
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management
Teaching language: EN
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Spring parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Spring parallel.
Course frequency: Annual
First time: Study year 2005-2006
Preferential right:
Course contents:
The course consists of three parts, soil classification, spatial variability and GIS in addition to process modeling in soil-plant systems. The soil classification part focuses on diagnostic soil layers (soil characteristics) and the use of information about regional and global data bases. The use of keys for soil classification, interpretation and nomenclature based on the most common classification systems, e.g. FAO 1974/1998, World Reference Base, 2006 and Soil Taxonomy (USA), 1999. The part about spatial variability in soil and GIS focuses on geostatistics and simple GIS models. Case studies will be used to produce maps and interpret variability with respect to various ecosystem services. Process modeling in soil-plant systems is based on object-oriented programming in Vensim. The course gives an introduction to Vensim through exercises with selected processes, focusing on carbon and nitrogen transformations using 0, 1st and 2nd order reactions as well as Michaelis-Menten kinetics. In addition, there is a focus on the decomposition of organic contaminants in different soil types. Model parameterization, as well as sensitivity and scenario analyses are part of the course. 
Learning activities:
Lectures and exercises (computer lab). 4h each week
Teaching support:

1. Introductory lectures

2. hand outs and exercises

3. PCs (computer lab) and supervision during class hours by the teachers

In addition to the regular meeting hours, staff will be available for advice during office hours.

Hand outs and software manuals (GIS and Vensim)
JORD101, JORD200.
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
The first two of in total three assignments have to receive "pass" before submission of the final (3rd) assignment.

One assignment.

Grading scale: Pass / Not passed.

Nominal workload:
250 hours.
Entrance requirements:
Special requirements in Science
Reduction of credits:
Students that have exams in JORD201 Process Modelling in Soil Water and Plant Systems and JORD251, Soil Classification will get at reduction in ECTS credits of five and two respectively
Type of course:
Lectures and exercises will take place in the computer lab. 4 hours each week.
More information can be obtained from one of the teachers listed.
The final (3rd) assignment is a synthesis of all material from the course.
Examination details: Written hand-in 3: Passed / Not Passed