AGF-352 Chemical Oceanography in the Arctic (10 ECTS)

lifted from ship onto the sea ice

Course schedule

ID:
AGF-352
CREDITS:
10 ECTS
START DATE:
29 April 2019
END DATE:
12–13 June 2019
COURSE PERIOD:
Spring semester (April–June), every second year. Next course: Spring 2019
LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION AND EXAMINATION:
English
CREDIT REDUCTION/OVERLAP:
10 ECTS with AGF-852
GRADE:
Letter grade (A through F)
COURSE MATERIAL:
Book chapters, articles, compendia; ca. 350 pages
COURSE COSTS:
Fieldwork, NOK 1000–1400 (5–7 days x NOK 200 per day)
COURSE CAPACITY MIN/MAX:
10/20 students (AGF-352/852 in total)
EXAMINATION SUPPORT MATERIAL:
Bilingual dictionary between English and mother tongue
APPLICATION DEADLINE:
15 February 2019

INSTRUCTORS:

Melissa Chierici
Melissa Chierici
Adjunct Professor, Chemical oceanography

Course requirements:

Enrolment in a relevant master programme. Preference will be given to students working on a Master thesis in chemical oceanography.

Academic content:

The course describes the distribution of chemical constituents in the Arctic and the processes that control their variability. Main focus will be on the cycling of inorganic carbon, methane, oxygen, and nutrients. The role of sea ice in influencing fluxes of climate relevant gases and the effect of ice freezing and melting on chemical constituents in the ice and in the water column below is an essential part of the course.

Learning outcomes:

Knowledge
Upon completing the course, the students will:

  • Be able to recognise the major marine chemical processes and their coupling with physical and biological processes in an Arctic environment.
  • Have the ability to explain chemical processes in sea ice and the role sea ice may play in gas exchange.
  • Demonstrate excellent knowledge of the marine carbon cycle in the Arctic Ocean and how it may respond to future climatic changes.
  • Understand the fate and effects of increased CO2 in the ocean (ocean acidification).

Skills
Upon completing the course, the students will:

  • Know how to handle scientific instruments and apply field techniques used in chemical oceanography.
  • Be able to collect, analyse and interpret marine chemical data and to produce a scientific report.

General competences
Upon completing the course, the students will:

  • Be able to present, discuss, and defend scientific results.

Learning activities:

The course extends over 7 weeks including compulsory safety training, and is run in combination with AGF-852.

Lab and fieldwork experiments are an integrated part of the course and methodology, experimental design, lab and chemical safety issues will be covered. During fieldwork the students will learn how to sample and use different scientific equipment, both on board a research vessel and on sea ice. The fieldwork will be conducted by an ice-going research vessel.

Each student will carry out an independent research project based on scientific data collected in the field or in the lab. This will give the students practical experience in analysing chemical data, how to interpret the findings and discuss them based on the theory presented during lecture hours. The results must be presented orally to an audience and in a written scientific report.

Total lecture hours: 30 hours.
Total seminar hours: 20 hours.
Total lab hours: 6 hours.
Fieldwork: 5–7 days.

Compulsory learning activities:

Fieldwork, field report, and presentation of report.
All compulsory learning activities must be approved in order to sit the exam.

Assessment:

Method
Percentage of final grade
Oral exam 100%

 

Application deadline: 15 February 2019

ice sampling

AGF-352/852 students taking ice samples on the sea ice during the course cruise. Photo: Agneta Fransson/UNIS.

water filtration on ship

Water filtration on the ship. AGF-352/852 course cruise. Photo: Christiane Uhling/UNIS.

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