JORD310 Soil Pollution and Sustainability
Check for course changes due to the coronavirus outbreak on Canvas and StudentWeb.
Showing course contents for the educational year starting in 2020 .
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
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Spring parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Spring parallel.
Course frequency: Annually
First time: 2005V
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).
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.
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.
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.
JORD200, JORD210, VANN200.
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.
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).
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: Oral exams: A - E / F