Postgraduate course

Advanced Chemical Oceanography

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterSpring
  • Course codeGEOF336
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Resources

Semester of Instruction


Objectives and Content

This course builds on GEOF 236, but will focus more on the general relationship between processes determine the distribution of chemical substances between the ocean and atmosphere, and such processes importance for the climate and environment changes in a past, present and future perspective. This course includes important scientific subjects as: The ocean role in controlling the atmospheric CO2 content through the time; How will the ocean uptake of CO2 change in the high CO2 world; The importance of ocean acidification for ocean uptake of CO2 and functional groups (ecosystems) that inhabits the ocean; What can we learn from manipulative experiments of ocean chemistry on the biota (mesocosm experiments) and what consequences are related to changes in input of nutrients through river systems to the coastal zone (Eutrophication) Topics of current interest will change from year to year. Students will need to deliver a term paper based upon a freely selected topic within climate and environmental change and present the result in plenum of the other students. Approved term paper and presentation are required to take the exam.

Learning Outcomes

Expected outcome after completing this subject:

- synthesis expected climate and environmental changes suggested in the future based upon the most updated research in the international scientific press and present this information in a critical and analytical perspective

- present a selected topic within climate and environmental change based upon published literature in the international scientific press in a term paper

- present and elaborate the content of the term paper in public based upon the scientific outcome of the term paper

Required Previous Knowledge

Bachelor's degree in Meteorology and Oceanography in addition to principles of chemical oceanography.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Reports from calculus exercises and laboratory work are needed to get the coarse approved. (Valid for four semesters: The semester mandatory activities have been approved and the three following semesters.)

Forms of Assessment

Project thesis and presentation counts 20% on the final grade and must be done. Valid for two semesters.

Final exam oral, 45 minutes, counts 80% on the final grade and must be passed.

Examination support materials: Non

Grading Scale

The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.

Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Oral examination, project thesis and presentation

    Withdrawal deadline