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Natural Water Systems MLJ510

Natural Water System gives an introduction to the main water systems on earth - surface waters and water systems in soil and atmosphere - salt- and fresh waters. Emphasis is put on geo-/physical and biogeochemical conditions, transport processes and other aquatic ecological aspects. The course contributes to the knowledge base for aquatic environmental technology.

Course description for study year 2021-2022

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Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry and Bioscience

Learning outcome
The student shall aquire broad basic knowledge about ecology in natural water systems, hereunder physical and climatic basics and processes, systems ecology, biology and biogeochemistry
  • The Atmosphere (atmospheric processes, climate and weather, hydrological cycle)
  • Freshwater systems (catchment hydrology, rivers and groundwaters, lakes and wetlands, glaciers and permafrost, particular focus on lake eutrophication and biogeochemical processes)
  • Sea water systems (ocean basins, wind and ocean circulation, waves and tides, coasts)
  • Particles in water, sedimentation and sediments (sea-, lake-, river sediments and soils)
  • Organisms and ecology (fresh- and sea water fauna, habitats and ecology)
Required prerequisite knowledge

Written exams

Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Written midterm exam 1/2 3 Hours A - F Dictionary
Written final exam 1/2 3 Hours A - F Dictionary

Midterm exam counts 50% and final written exam counts 50% of course grade. Duration midterm exam: 3 hours. Duration final exam: 3 hours.All assessment parts must be passed in order to obtain a final grade in the course. There will be no resit exam for the midterm exam. Students who do not pass the midterm exam may retake this the next time the course is lectured.

Coursework requirements
Godkjent deltakelse

Participation to field course.

Completion of mandatory lab assignments connected to the field course are to be made at the times and in the groups that are assigned and published on Canvas. Absence due to illness or for other reasons must be communicated to the laboratory personnel as soon as possible. One cannot expect that provisions for completion of the lab assignments at other times can be made, unless prior arrangements with the laboratory personnel have been agreed.

Failure to complete the assigned field and labs or not having them approved will result in non approval of the course.

Course teacher(s)
Course coordinator: Steinar Sanni
Coordinator laboratory exercises: Erling Berge Monsen
Coordinator laboratory exercises: Hans Kristian Brekken
Head of Department: Ingunn Westvik Jolma
Method of work
4-6 hours lectures per week. Field- and laboratory courses coordinated with parallel 1st semester courses.
Open for
Master studies at the Faculty of Science and Technology. Open on demand and by request from lecturer.
Course assessment
Forms and/or discussion.
Overlapping courses
Course Reduction (SP)
Natural Water Systems (MET150) 10
The syllabus can be found in Leganto