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FFR165 - Science of environmental change
Owner: FIMAS
5,0 Credits (ECTS 7,5)
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Level: D

Teaching language: English

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 No Sp
0104 Examination 5,0 c Grading: TH   5,0 c   27 Oct 2006 pm V,  18 Jan 2007 am V,  Contact examiner

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Docent  Sten Karlsson

The course contains theme environment


For single subject courses within Chalmers programmes the same eligibility requirements apply, as to the programme(s) that the course is part of.


The course will give basic natural science knowledge for the understanding of different central environmental and resource problems. A special focus is on problems coupled to different substance and materials flows. The course is also aiming at increasing the knowledge on the industrial societies turnover of energy and materials and its connection to environmental systems and functioning.


The course starts with a review of basic chemical, physical and thermodynamic concepts and models appropriate for the description of energy and material converting systems, for instance, the exergy concept. Thereafter is dealt with the earth as a materials and energy transforming system; energy conversion processes and the energy balance and climate system of the earth; the composition of, processes in and properties of the earths crust, pedosphere and hydrosphere; the biogeochemical cycles of carbon, nitrogen, sulphur and phosphorus

In the course biological systems are then surveyed from cell to ecology. It is pointed to different possible eco-toxicological mechanisms and effects of resource utilization on biological systems.

The course finally discusses the industrial society and the different disturbances of environmental system and flows induced human activities. Special attention is drawn to the disturbance of the carbon balance and cycles, societies turnover of carbon, the greenhouse effect and the connection to our energy supply and use; the disturbances of important nutrient cycles as sulphur, nitrogen and phosphorus, eutrophication and acidification; chemical processes and turnover of different pollutant in the atmosphere, including the ozone layer attenuation; the societal use of metals and chemicals, and properties of various waste and emission flows.


The course consists of lectures, smaller exercises performed in the classroom, and compulsory modeling exercises and hands-in.


Prel. literature: Jackson & Jackson, Environmental Science (2nd ed.), Longman, 2000.
Supplementary materials.


There will be a written examination, as well as fulfilled modeling exercises and hand-ins

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