AE2101 Environmental Dynamics/Chemical Processes 7.5 credits

Environmental Dynamics/Chemical Processes

The course gives an overview of chemical processes in the natural environment with emphasis on pollution problems.

Offering and execution

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters

Course information

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents *

Essential elements in environmental geochemistry for applications in environmental sciences. Thermodynamics and chemical equilibrium. The influence of weathering and natural organic matter on pollutant behaviour. Partitioning between solid, dissolved and gaseous phases. Aquatic chemistry. Use of geochemical models for speciation and simulations. Effects of global change. Global and local element cycles. Assessment for water quality.

Intended learning outcomes *

The course gives an overview of chemical processes in the natural environment with emphasis on pollution problems. After completion of the course, the students should be able to:

  • Understand the chemical effects of important environmental pollutants and greenhouse gases on soils, waters and sediments.
  • Evaluate the environmental fate of pollutants with geochemical models.

Course Disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites *

At least 180 credits Academic studies in Engineering, Science, Economics or Planning including including 35 credit basic courses in physics, chemistry, mathematics and earth sciences and documented proficiency in English B or equivalent (TOEFL, IELTS  e g).

Recommended prerequisites

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  • Gustafsson, J.P., Jacks, G., Simonsson, M. & Nilsson, I. 2006. Soil and water chemistry.
  • Exercise and laboratory manual.

Examination and completion

Grading scale *

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Examination *

  • TEN1 - Examination, 3.0 credits, Grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • ÖVN1 - Exercise on Chemical, 4.5 credits, Grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade *

Written examination (TEN1; 3c)
Exercises (OVN1; 4.5c).

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Jon Petter Gustafsson

Further information

Course web

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Course web AE2101

Offered by

ABE/Land and Water Resources Engineering

Main field of study *

Built Environment

Education cycle *

Second cycle

Add-on studies

Quantitative Hydrogeology


Jon-Petter Gustafsson,

Ethical approach *

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.