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
Semester tution start
Number of semesters
Language of instruction
Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry and Bioscience
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
Form of assessment
Written midterm exam
A - F
Written final exam
A - F
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.
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.