Ocean Biogeochemical Dynamics

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General information

The course is planned for June 2017. More precise information will come soon.

The contents of the course include: 

  • Large-scale ocean circulation 
  • Marine carbon cycle 
  • Marine nitrogen cycle 
  • Marine phosphorus cycle and interactions with iron and manganese 
  • Marine silica cycle 
  • Role of sediments in the oceanic biogeochemical cycles 
  • Performance of nutrient, oxygen and other sensors 
  • Long-term chemical observations of the ocean 

The course will take place at the Sven Lovén Centre for Marine Sciences at Kristineberg (110 km north of Gothenburg). Accomodation and food is also priovided entirely by the Lovén Centre. The course will partly be based on the book “Ocean Biogeochemical Dynamics” by Jorge L. Sarmiento and Nicolas Gruber (2006, Princeton University Press, ISBN-13: 978-0-691-01707-5, ISBN-10: 0-691-01707-7). A full list of PhD courses from the Faculty of Sciences at the University of Gothenburg is available here.

Learning outcome:

After completion of the course the Ph.D. student is expected to be able to:

Knowledge and understanding

  • Describe the general ocean circulation and how it influences the distribution of dissolved chemical species in the sea
  • Describe the biogeochemical cycles of carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus and silicon in the 
  • ocean
  • Recognise the role of sediments as a sink for biogenic elements and as a source for solutes

Skills and abilities

  • Present transports and fluxes of elements between atmosphere - sea water - bottom sediment
  • Present the principles for the biological pump and the solubility pump
  • Present the most important methods to estimate rates of biogeochemical processes 
  • in the ocean

Judgement and approach

  • Evaluate factors which limit the production in the sea
  • Assess the suitability of different chemical sensors to measure concentration of solutes in the ocean


Contact Person: Per Hall (perhall@chem.gu.se)


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Kristineberg, Sweden

Sven Lovén Centre for Marine Sciences
Kristineberg 566, SE-451 78 Fiskebäckskil,



No cost, but students have to cover their own travel, and are expected to buy the book for the course. 

Application Procedure:

Send your application to participate on the course to perhall@chem.gu.se (Per Hall). Include with your application personal details, affiliation, food preferences, and a short statement (about half an A4 page) about your research project and why you think this course is important for you. Any necessary selection of students will largely be based on this statement.


Academic level: PhD


Presence at lectures, fulfilled oral presentations of literature assignment and research project, as well as active participation in discussions in conjunction with other students’ oral presentations will be assessed. Examination consists of fulfilling oral presentations of literature assignment and research project during the course period. The literature assignment, and the oral presentation of it, as well as oral presentation of research project, are obligatory tasks for a pass grade. 

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