Course code JORD310

JORD310 Soil Pollution and Sustainability

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Course responsible: Åsgeir Rossebø Almås
Teachers: Gudny Okkenhaug, Tore Krogstad, Gerard Cornelissen, Jan Mulder
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management
Teaching language: EN, NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Spring parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Spring parallel.
Course frequency: Annually
First time: 2005V
Preferential right:
Course contents:
Metals: sources, modelling of species in soil, distribution, bioavailability, effects on plants and micro-organisms, critical loads, remediation. Organic chemicals in the environment: fate of organic chemicals in the environment with focus on soil and water remediation. Climate change: terrestrial and aquatic prosesses with focus on carbon. Phosphorus in soil and on a watershed scale. Soil acidification and greenhouse gas emissions due to atmogenic deposition of nitrogen and sulphur Each topic: 10 hours (4h lecture, 4h group work with guidance, 2h presentation and discussion of scientific papers).
Learning outcome:
To understand how soils (and down-stream effects on plants, water and atmosphere) affect and are affected by a range of stress factors. In-depth understanding of how soils react on anthropogenic impacts due to pollution (organic compounds and trace metals), nutrients (NPK), land use change and warming. This necessitates a deep understanding of soil as an ecosystem, with particular emphasis on its robustness and resilience. The importance of soil health for the sustainable development goals will be discussed.
Learning activities:
The topic focuses on five themes (organic pollution; inorganic pollution (trace metals); phosphorus pollution, nitrogen, soil acidification and greenhouse gasses; soil carbon and climate change) is interdisciplinary and requires collection and use of knowledge from different sources. The lectures are used for communication of facts and dialogue to promote a good link to previous topics, but they are also important for giving the topic a uniform profile. The group work is used for in-depth studies of the topic. The results of the group work is presented for discussion in class. Each group also presents a scientific paper for each of the five topics. The same paper will be used as a basis for an individual popular scientific essays (max. 500 words) essay.
Teaching support:
Sections from the textbooks Soils and Environmental Quality (Pierzynski, G.M., Sims, J.T. Vance, G.F. 3rd edition 2005)and selected internationally published literature.
Recommended prerequisites:
JORD200, JORD210, VANN200.
Mandatory activity:
Mandatory activity: All essays needs to be approved.
Oral examination counts 50% and presentation of own scientific essays counts 50%. All of the evaluated elements in the course must be passed to pass the course. Grading scale A-E / Not passed.
Nominal workload:
Total workload: 300 hours. Lectures + group work + discussion of the group work: 50 hours. Individual contribution: 250 hours (preparation, additional work with the group work, presentation and discussion preparation, preparation of essays).
Entrance requirements:
Special requirements in Science
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
Lectures: 20 hours. Group work with guidance: 20 hours. Presentation and discussion of scientific papers: 10 hours.
The external examiner will be involved in the planning, execution and revision (evaluation) of the course. The external examiner participates in the  final (oral) examination.
Examination details: Combined assessment: A - E / F