AE2103 Environmental Aquatic Chemistry 7.5 credits

Environmental Aquatic Chemistry

The course provides a deeper understanding of processes governing the chemistry of soils, groundwaters and surface waters, in particular for contaminants. The course also introduces computer models for simulations of chemical processes and for risk assessments.

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 *

Geochemistry of contaminants in soils, sediments, groundwatersand surface waters. Methods for chemical analysis of contaminants in soils and waters. Basic ecotoxicology. Principles of environmental risk assessment, and application of the Swedish system for risk assessment of contaminated soils. Remediation technologies.

Intended learning outcomes *

After completion of the course, the students should be able to:

  • Estimate the environmental fate of pollutants from basic information and by applying geochemical models
  • Interpret analytical measurements of metals and organic pollutants in different media.
  • Interpret ecotoxicological information for contaminants
  • Undertand the strategies of tiered risk assessments
  • Apply today's riska ssessment systems for contaminated soils and waters, although with a critical mind
  • Understand the principles of some common and successful soil remediation methods.


Course Disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites *

180 credits of academic studies including at least 35 credits in mathematics, physics, chemistry and geosciences. AE1105 Environmental Soil Chemistry or an equivalent course focusing on the geochemistry of soils and waters. Documented proficiency in English B or equivalent.

Recommended prerequisites

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Gustafsson, J.P., Jacks, G., Simonsson, M. & Nilsson, I. Soil and water chemistry.

Various reports from the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency.

Complementary literature to be announced on the webpage before the start of the course.

Examination and completion

Grading scale *

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

Examination *

  • TEN1 - Examination, 4.5 credits, Grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • ÖVN1 - Assignment, 3.0 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; 4.5 cr)
Report from project and laboratory course (ÖVN1; 3 cr).

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

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web AE2103

Offered by

ABE/Land and Water Resources Engineering

Main field of study *

Built Environment

Education cycle *

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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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.