NIGK17016U Environmental Soil Science
MSc Programme in Environmental Science
MSc Programme in Geography and Geoinformatics
MSc Programme in Geography and Geoinformatics with a minor subject
This competence-line course teaches state-of the art research within the field of environmental soil science.
The main topic for the course is: Soil functional and structural responses and feedbacks in relation to environmental and human stressors. Within this frame the course presents and discuss examples of impacts on soil conditions in relation to extreme events (drought, fires), climatic changes, area use and management. Examples are presented from studies in temperate as well as arctic regions.
The product of the course is a written assignment based on data (GIS) extracted from Danish soil and land-use databases
The course addresses specific topics on soil functions in the outlined perspective
- Soil nutrient circulation with main focus on carbon and nitrogen
- Soil organic carbon (SOC)-stocks
- Soil rhizosphere dynamics and assessment of root biomass and function
- Soil greenhouse gas (GHG) balances, including calculation of soil GHG production at different scales
- Management options to mitigate soil GHG emissions
- Read, present and discuss scientific literature related to the course subjects.
- Use correct scientific definitions and terms.
- Identify and select model-tools for stock assessments
- Use algorithms to calculate SOC stocks, soil N-turnover and GHG balances in Danish farmland based on own data drawn from databases on land-use and soil characteristics.
- Identify and work out proposal for solving complex geographical problems using theory, data and methods.
- Apply, evaluate and analyze methods, theories and data related to the course subjects.
- Give short, concise and well-illustrated oral presentation on the basis of scientific papers.
- Evaluate current soil inventory data based on own calculations and discuss deviations
- Write a short, concise report
Please see Absalon
- Theory exercises
- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Written assignment, Ongoing preparation throughout the courseOral examination, 20 minutesThe written assignment is prepared during the course and must be handed in prior to the exam week. The oral exam includes the titles listed in the officially approved reading list and the written assignment. A combined grade is given after the oral exam.
- Without aids
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- External censorship
Identical to ordinary exam.
The student has the following options:
Is the quality of the written assignment not acceptable, the student can choose to either hand in a new or revised report.
Is the quality of the written assignment acceptable, the student can choose to either hand in a revised report or resubmit the original report from the ordinary exam.
The written assignment must be handed in prior to the re-examination week. The oral exam uses the written assignment as its point of departure. It includes the titles listed in the officially approved reading list.
Criteria for exam assesment
See learning outcome.