VANN300 Water Pollution
Showing course contents for the educational year 2022 - 2023 .
Course responsible: Gunnhild Riise
Teachers: Nils-Otto Kitterød, Leif Ståle Haaland, Thomas Rohrlack
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management
Teaching language: EN, NO
Limits of class size:
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Autumn parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Autumn parallel.
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2022-2023
M-MILJØ, M-NF, M-ECOL.
The course is a continuation of water courses at bachelor levels and covers pollution and processes in fresh water (lakes) in connection with eutrophication, erosion, acidification, environmental pollutants, agricultural and road runoff. The contribution of man-made sources are evaluated against natural processes and dynamics in terrestrial and limnic systems (climate, light, temperature, natural organic material, etc.) are . Responses to pollution in surface water are closely linked to hydrological processes. The course presents a precipitation runoff model that is relevant to water quality. The course consists of lectures, group presentations and excursions. The group presentations are thematically related to the excursions. Localities for the excursions are: 1) Up streams areas of the Halden watercourse (compulsory) and 2) NVE (relevant topics mandatory for the final exam).
After completing the course, the candidate must:
Have up-to-date and good insight into typical types of pollution and processes in fresh water (lakes)
Be able to assess causes of water pollution and understand connections between pollution sources and response in fresh water
Be able to distinguish man-made and natural sources of nutrients, acidification, heavy metals etc. in fresh water
Be able to link hydrological processes and water quality in lakes as part of a comprehensive assessment of pollution at a drainage basin level
Have knowledge of natural variations in water quality and uncertainty in measured and calculated effects of pollution sources and possible measures
Be able to contribute to water research and a knowledge-based and future-oriented water management
Lectures, excursion, student lectures.
Individual guidance and discussion as needed. Use of e-mail and Canvas.
Reports, articles, textbooks and lecture notes.
VANN210 and VANN211 or VANN200.
VANN220, JORD200, JORD210
One to two excursions, student lectures, exercises.
Oral exam: 100%.
Grading scale A-E / Not pass.
Special requirements in Science
Type of course:
Lectures: 44 h. Student presntations: 6 h. Excursion: 2 full day.
The course is thought in English on request
An external examiner is used for evaluating the course arrangements and assessing the oral exam.
Examination details: Oral exam: Letter grades