Pollution Prevention and Management in Coastal Environments 6 ECTS

CMM12A Elective course 6 ECTS
Period W6 - W8 03.02.14 - 21.02.14
Instructor N.N.

In this course, students will be introduced the main chemistry behind contamination in the coastal zone. Chemical interactions on the interface of the sea, land and air will be explained as well as transport of pollutants. The state of the coastal zones in the world will be discussed, as well as regional, national and international monitoring practices and programs. An introduction to designing monitoring program will be presented. Further, an insight into our own life style and the effects we have on the environment will be discussed. At the end of the course, students should have a broad overview over the main environmental hazards towards coastal zones, both natural and man made. The yshould be able to recognize major pollutants and have an understanding of their source, transport and effects on the ecosystem. Students should be familiar with main methods for detecting environmental hazxards and means of monitoring them.

Special focus will be on:

  • Effects of persistant organic pollutants (POPs) and heavy metals on living organisms, with special emphasis on sea-birds
  • Environmental chemistry, where students gain insights into chemical analyses and ecotoxicology
  • Hands-on demonstration of the effects of contamination on living organisms
Learning outcomes
At the end of the course, students will:
  • have gained an understanding of the chemical composition of coastal waters and the various natural processes and human activities which have an influence there
  • have gained basic knowledge to design monitoring programmes and assess the results obtained
  • have become familiar with the variety of coastal issues which are important in different parts of the world and international efforts and conventions relating to coastal water quality management
Guest lecturer
Further reading
Readings and further readings will be posted on the course website on UW intranet.