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Module

BIO2018 : Pollution of Air, Water & Soil

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Simon Peacock
  • Lecturer: Dr Sue Haile
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

To provide a sound platform of understanding relating to the sources, movement and effects of pollution on atmospheric, terrestrial and freshwater environments. By the end of the course students will appreciate the scale and extent of pollution impacts and be able to place modern problems in a historical content.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module will provide students with an introduction to the sources, movement and effects of pollution on atmospheric, terrestrial and freshwater environments. The course will review the history of pollution and the development of monitoring techniques and risk assessment approaches, in a bid to highlight the scale and nature of current pollution issues and abatement policy-drivers.

History of air pollution and its effects, including development of concepts. Emission, dispersion and deposition of pollutants. Bio-monitoring of air pollution. Examples of major air pollutants: SO2, NOx, O3, NHx. The forest decline controversy. Sources and impacts of soil pollution. Biology of freshwater pollution, organic and plastics pollution and eutrophication; acidification. Heavy metal contaminants. Radionuclides. Agricultural pollution. Soil remediation.

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

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