Environmental Soil Science

Course content

This competence-line course teaches state-of the art research within the field of environmental soil science.

The course deals with the following subjects at a regional scale: soil in relation to the environmental and agricultural impacts e.g. nutrient circulation, soil organic carbon (SOC)-stocks and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.


MSc Programme in Environmental Science
MSc Programme in Geography and Geoinformatics
MSc Programme in Geography and Geoinformatics with a minor subject


Learning outcome


  • Geochemical and physical soil processes (CNS cycles) in relation to agriculture, environment and climate
  • Management options to mitigate anthropogenic and environmental impacts



  • Read scientific literature related to the course subjects.
  • Use correct scientific definitions and terms.
  • Identify and select model-tools for stock assessments
  • Calculate SOC and GHG stocks and balances at local and regional scales



  • Identify and work out proposal for solving complex geographical problems using theory, data and methods at local or regional scale.
  • Apply, evaluate and analyze methods, theories and data related to the course subjects.
  • Give short, concise and well-illustrated oral presentation on the basis of scientific papers.
  • Evaluate current soil inventory data based on own calculations and discuss deviations
  • Write a short, concise report

The form of teaching is theoretical exercises combined with ad hoc lectures. We will also read, present and discuss scientific literature during the course. For the teaching plan, please see Absalon.

Please see Absalon

BSc in Geography and Geoinformatics or equivalent education is recommended.

Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment, Ongoing preparation throughout the course
Oral examination, 20 minutes
The written assignment is prepared during the course and must be handed in prior to the exam week. The oral exam includes the titles listed in the officially approved reading list and the written assignment. A combined grade is given after the oral exam.
Without aids
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
External censorship
Criteria for exam assessment

See learning outcome.

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Preparation
  • 171
  • Theory exercises
  • 35
  • English
  • 206