The course focuses on the sources of marine pollution of coastal ecosystems. The uniqueness of coastal ecosystems in relation to the interaction between oceanographic, physico-chemical and biological processes will be highlighted. Putative risks and effects associated to the disturbances of this balance by e.g. increase in nutrients, carbon (CO2), dissolved organic carbon, heavy metals, persistent organics, plastics etc. will be discussed. A greater scientific overview and understanding of the coastal ecosystems is needed to develop sustainable management strategies of our renewable coastal resources.
After completing the course, the students
- understand processes behind and effects of discharges from urban and rural areas, eutrophication, sea acidification and coastal water browning
- will be able to identify the sources of marine pollution and propose an action plan to mitigate the effects on coastal communities and the environment
- can contribute in discussions of coastal pollution from industry; metals, organic contaminants, plastics etc. and possible restauration methods
- can compile and analyze data to produce scientific reports that assess the quality of the coastal environmentwill be familiar with national and international regulations concerning marine pollution