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Pollution in the Coastal Arctic

  • Summer 2025
  • Next course: 28. April - 09. May 2025
  • CMM/CRD Elective Course | 4 ECTS
  • Course:CMM1404

About the course

The course introduces students to contamination in the coastal zone. Chemical interactions in the interface of the sea, land and air will be explained along with the transport of pollutants. The state of the coastal zones in the world are discussed, as well as regional, national and international monitoring practices and programs. An introduction to designing a monitoring program is presented. Further, insight into own lifestyle and effects on the environment will be discussed. A focus is placed on the effects of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and heavy metals on living organisms. Emphasis is also placed on environmental chemistry, where students gain insights into chemical analyses and ecotoxicology. Marine litter is discussed, and if weather allows, practical exercises will be conducted.


Learning outcome

On completion of the course a student:

  • has a broad overview of the main environmental hazards in coastal zones, both natural and manmade.
  • can recognize major pollutants and understands their source, transport and effects on the ecosystem.
  • has a general understanding of the main methods for detecting environmental hazards and means of monitoring.
  • understands how natural processes and human activities can affect the coastal environment.
  • has the basic know-how to design monitoring programs and assess the results obtained.
  • has insight in field work and sampling strategies for litter and contaminants.
  • has familiarity 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.


Prerequisites: No prerequisites registered for the course

Assessment: 20% Oral presentation, 35% group assignment, 45% written assignment

Final Exam: Assignment