KD2420 Environmental Aspects of Atmospheric, Aquatic and Terrestrial Chemistry 7.5 credits
Miljökemi: atmosfär, vatten och mark
Educational levelSecond cycle
Academic level (A-D)
Subject areaChemical Science and Engineering
Grade scaleA, B, C, D, E, FX, F
PeriodsAutumn 13 P1 (7.5 credits)
Start date2013 week: 36
End date2013 week: 44
Language of instructionEnglish
Number of lectures
Number of exercises
Form of studyNormal
Number of places *Min. 7
*) The Course date may be cancelled if number of admitted are less than minimum of places.
ScheduleSchedule (new window)
Course responsibleSusanna Wold <firstname.lastname@example.org>
TeacherKerstin Forsberg <email@example.com>
Inger Odnevall Wallinder <firstname.lastname@example.org>
TKEMM study year 2, TMVTM study year 2, CKEMV (KEM2 and MVT2)
Part of programme
After the course the students should be able to:
Explain the transport and accumulation of chemicals and elements by quantifying reactions, speciation and mobiliy in the geosphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere in the biogeochemical cycle.
Differentiate the dominating chemical mechanisms and processes in the atmosphere.
Explain the chemistry of acidification and eutrophication in natural waters.
Summarize the behavior of organic contaminants in our environment.
Identify our metal sources in the urban environment and describe the chemical reactions of the metals from release to accumulation in the environment.
Discuss technique development in terms of environmental sustainability.
Construct conceptual models of transport and accumulation of chemicals and elements in the biogeochemical cycle.
Course main content
The biogeochemical cycle; circulation of elements through the biotic and abiotic parts of the ecosystem.
Description of the geosphere; soil types, soil profiles, mineraology, weathering , sorption.
The hydrological cycle; advection, diffusion, dispersion, anaerob/aerob conditions, redox, speciation, gases in water, organic material in water, metals in water/complexation, colloids.
Atmospheric chemistry; chemistry in the stratosphere and the troposphere.
The future environment: ecological sustainability, urban environment, the engineers role
Chemical aspects on environmental protection with limit values.
Acidification and eutrophication.
Metals in the urban environment.
Admission requirements for programme students at KTH:
At least 150 credits from grades 1, 2 and 3 of which at least 110 credits from years 1 and 2, and bachelor's work must be completed, within a programme that includes:
75 university credits (hp) in chemistry or chemical engineering, 20 university credits (hp) in mathematics and 6 university credits (hp) in computer science or corresponding.
Admission requirements for independent students:
75 university credits (hp) in chemistry or chemical engineering, 20 university credits (hp) in mathematics and 6 university credits (hp) in computer science or corresponding. Documented proficiency in English corresponding to English B.
Gary W. van Loon and Stephen J.Duffy;
Environmental Chemistry – a global perspective,
Oxford university press.
- INL1 - Theme 1, 1.5 credits, grade scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
- INL2 - Theme 2, 1.5 credits, grade scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
- PRO1 - Project, 1.5 credits, grade scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
- TEN1 - Examination, 3.0 credits, grade scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
Requirements for final grade
Examination (TEN1; 3 credits)
Project (PRO1; 1.5 credits)
Theme 1 (INL1; 1.5 credits)
Theme 2 (INL2; 1.5 credits)
Susanna Wold <email@example.com>
Course plan valid from:
Examination information valid from: Autumn 11.