Course code JORD310

JORD310 Global and Local Pollution

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Course responsible: Jan Mulder
Teachers: Åsgeir Rossebø Almås, Gudny Okkenhaug, Tore Krogstad, Gerard Cornelissen
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management
Teaching language: EN, NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Minimum 5 students.
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:
M-MINA.
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.Nitrogen and sulphur - an ecological stoichiometry approach: considers how the balance of energy and nitrogen and sulphur affect and are affected by organisms and their interaction in ecosystem. Each topic: 10 hours (4h lecture, 4h group work with guidance, 2h presentation and discussion of scientific papers).
Learning outcome:
To understand how soils functions as reactors in biogeochemical cycles. In-depth understanding of how the terrestrial ecosystem reacts to anthropogenic impacts on soils, such as 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.
Learning activities:
The topic 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 in parts of the topic. The results of these works are presented for discussion. Each student give a presentation of a scientific paper for each of the five topics. Based on the same papers a 500 word essay have to be prepared for the general public.
Teaching support:
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Syllabus:
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.
Prerequisites:
MINA200.
Recommended prerequisites:
JORD200, JORD210, VANN200.
Mandatory activity:
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Assessment:
Final oral examination: 50%. Three selected essays: 35%. Presentation of scientific papers: 15%. All parts must be 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.
Note:
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Examiner:
The external examiner will be involved in the planning, execution and revision (evaluation) of the course. The final examination and the three selected essays will be assessed by the external examiner.
Examination details: Oral exams: A - E / Ikke bestått