AGF-852 Chemical Oceanography in the Arctic (10 ECTS)

lifted from ship onto the sea ice

E-mail study@unis.no

ID:
AGF-852
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-352
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:
As soon as possible

INSTRUCTORS:

Melissa Chierici
Melissa Chierici
Adjunct Professor, Chemical oceanography

Course requirements:

Enrolment in a relevant PhD programme. Preference will be given to students working on a PhD 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:

  • Be able to set up lab and field experiments, analyse and interpret marine chemical data, and produce a scientific article.

General competences
Upon completing the course, the students will:

  • Be able to present, discuss, and defend scientific results.
  • Conduct academic leadership by arranging and participating in seminars for master students.

Learning activities:

The course extends over 7 weeks including compulsory safety training, and is run in combination with AGF-352.

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 student practical experience in lab and fieldwork, in analysing chemical data, interpreting the findings and discussing them both orally and in writing. Based on the individual research project, the student will produce a scientific article manuscript suitable for publication in scientific journals and present and discuss the results in class. The students will arrange a seminar for the master students in AGF-352, where they will present and discuss scientific papers listed in the course syllabus. Each student will know in advance which paper to present and should have the presentation ready before the course starts.

Pre-course preparations: 1–2 days.
Total lecture hours: 30 hours.
Total seminar hours: 20 hours.
Total lab hours: 6 hours.
Fieldwork: 5–7 days.

Compulsory learning activities:

Lab- and fieldwork, written manuscript, oral presentations.
All compulsory learning activities must be approved in order to sit the exam.

Assessment:

Method
Percentage of final grade
Oral exam 100%

 

Application deadline: As soon as possible

To apply, send an e-mail to study@unis.no stating which UNIS course(s) you would like to apply for, and which study programme you are enrolled in at your home university for spring 2019. We will then ask for more documentation if needed.

 

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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