Master’s studies

Syllabus for Field Methods in Earth Science

Geovetenskapliga fältmetoder

Syllabus

  • 5 credits
  • Course code: 1GE043
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Earth Science A1F
  • Grading system: Fail (U), 3, 4, 5.
  • Established: 2014-03-13
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Revised: 2016-04-25
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: week 30, 2016
  • Entry requirements: Applied Geoinformatics for Earth Sciences (physical geography specialisation) or Hydrological Processes (hydrology specialisation).
  • Responsible department: Department of Earth Sciences

Learning outcomes

After the completion of the course, the students should be able to

  • Describe the underlying theory for different measurement methods and data collection systems which are used for environmental measurements
  • Estimate the representativity of measurements in time and space, and quanity the uncertainty of variability of the measurements
  • Prepare, carry out, and process field measurements in the earth sciences
  • Compare different measurement methods and desribe their strengths, weaknesses and usefullness for different applications

Content

During the course, common field measurement methods are studied in the fields of physical geography and hydrology, such as geodetic methods, environmental monitoring with measurement instruments, soil investigation methods, sediment sampling for environmental development studies, hydrological measurements, and hydrochemical analyses. A large part of the course focuses on independent project work that is conducted in groups, where data handling and interpretation of collected data are included. The course also addresses the planning and implementation of field measurements, the estimation of uncertainties in data, and the assessment of data quality, repreducibility and documentation.

Instruction

Lectures, field work and computere exercises.

Assessment

Assessment is divided among exercises (1 credit) and oral and written reports (4 credits).

Reading list

Applies from: week 04, 2017

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