Pollution in the Coastal Arctic

The course introduces students to the chemistry related to contamination in the coastal zone and seas.

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.

Prerequisites:
Completed undergraduate studies, regardless of whether BA, BSc, BEd, or other equivalent study. 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
CountryIceland
Language of instructionEnglish
InstitutionUniversity Centre of the Westfjords
Begin date01.03.2021
End date12.03.2021
Registration deadline01.02.2021
ECTS credits4.0
Field schoolNo
Fields of studyBiology and biochemistryChemistryEnvironmental protection (broad programmes)
Teaching placeÍsafjörður, Westfjords
Tagshigh northchemistrycoastal areas
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