AE2801 Environmental Chemistry and Risk Assessment 7.5 credits

Miljökemi och riskbedömning

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Content and learning outcomes

Course contents *

Geochemistry of contaminants in soils, sediments, groundwaters and surface waters. Adsorption and organic complexation models for metals. Field work with soil sampling including study visit to contaminated site. 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. Current research issues. Part of the course is project-based, in which course participants characterize soil and perform risk assessment for a contaminated site. 

Intended learning outcomes *

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

- estimate the geochemical 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

- understand the principles of environmental risk assessment

- apply today's risk assessment systems for contaminated soils and waters, although with a critical mind

- understand the principles of some common and successful soil remediation methods

- be familiar with some of the most important research issues in the field of environmental geochemistry.

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites *

Bachelor's degree in the field of Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, or another subject with clear relevance to the course, of at least 180 ECTS credits, which includes General Chemistry and/or Environmental Soil Chemistry (or equivalent) for at least 7.5 ECTS credits. Proficiency in English (English B or equivalent).   

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Literature

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

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Examination and completion

Grading scale *

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

Examination *

  • PRO1 - Project Work, 3.0 credits, Grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 4.5 credits, Grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

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Examiner

Prosun Bhattacharya

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ABE/Sustainability and Environmental Engineering

Main field of study *

Built Environment, Environmental Engineering

Education cycle *

Second cycle

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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.