THE UNIVERSITY of EDINBURGH
DEGREE REGULATIONS & PROGRAMMES OF STUDY 2009/2010
Soil, Water and Atmospheric Processes (U01806)
The study of the near-surface processes that underpin the exchange of gases, water and nutrients at the scale of the organism to the landscape. This course provides a background in soil science, environmental physics and hydrology required to tackle issues such as land degradation, climate and land use change and microclimate modification.
? Costs : None
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? Normal year taken : 2nd year
? Contact Teaching Time : 5 hour(s) per week for 11 weeks
First Class Information
All of the following classes
1 of the following 2 classes
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course, students will be expected to be able to: construct an energy balance for a range of surfaces; explain how microclimate can be modifed; discuss the principles of energy exchange in organisims; unerstand the errors involved in measurements of soil, water and meteorogical properties; calculate return periods for extreme events shuch as floods and drought; contruct a water balance for a catchment and show how it is affected by a change in land use; explain the factors affecting the drainage of a soil and explain how rainfall reaches river channels; appreciate the interaction between surface water and groundwater in the catchment hydrological cycle; understand how distinct soil horizons and soil series develop under the influence of factors such as parent material, topography and climate; explain the role of soil organic matter in soil fertility and structure; discuss the factors (including pH and CEC) affecting the availability and the fixation of essential nutrients and potentially toxic elements in soil; be able to carry out both soil survey and water quality survey.
Degree examination 65%; in-course assessment 35%. In-course assessment consists of 3 practical reports/worksheets, 3 tutorial hand-ins and a multiple choice test. The 2 hour degree examination contains two sections: A and B. Section A comprises compulsory multiple choice questions. Section B is a short answer section in which students answer 4 questions from a choice of 9 and answer a minimum number of 1 question each from the sections on atmosphere, water and soil.
Contact and Further Information
The Course Secretary should be the first point of contact for all enquiries.
Mrs Helen McKeating
Dr John Moncrieff
School Website : http://www.geos.ed.ac.uk/
College Website : http://www.scieng.ed.ac.uk/