Pollution in the Coastal Arctic

The course introduces students to the chemistry related 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 will be discussed, as well as regional, national and international monitoring practices and programs. An introduction to designing a monitoring program will be presented. Further, insight into our own life style and the effects we have on the environment will be discussed. A special focus will be placed on the effects of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and heavy metals on living organisms, with special emphasis on sea-birds. Emphasis is also placed on environmental chemistry, where students gain insights into chemical analyses and ecotoxicology.

Requirements for acceptance to courses are generally the same as for acceptance to the master’s program in whole, i.e. that applicants have completed undergraduate studies, regardless of whether BA, BSc, BEd, or other equivalent study.

The master’s committee may decide to accept undergraduate students, who are a long way into their studies, to individual courses. All applications for entry to individual courses must be reviewed by the Master’s program committee and a decision can take up to two weeks.

It is important for applicants to have a good knowledge of English, as all teaching takes place in English.

Course details

Academic level(s)Master
Language of instructionEnglish
InstitutionUniversity Centre of the Westfjords
Begin date02.03.2020
End date20.03.2020
Registration deadline-
ECTS credits6.0
Field schoolNo
Fields of studyBiology and biochemistryChemistryEnvironmental protection (broad programmes)
Teaching placeÍsafjörður, Westfjords
Tagshigh northchemistrycoastal areas
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