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Environmental geochemistry

The course provides students with knowledge of how basic chemical theory can be applied on different types of soil and water systems, e.g. in environmental risk assessments, environmental monitoring or providing advice on plant nutrition issues. Teaching takes the form of lectures, calculation, computer exercises, laboratory practicals and seminars, where computer exercises, laboratory practicals and seminars are mandatory. The course deals with the following topics:

• characterisation of solid soil components,

• processes in the water phase, and equilibrium with various mineral phases,

• sorption of ions and organic contaminants to soil and sediment materials,

• redox processes and their importance for the solubility of different elements in the soil and water systems,

• acidifying and acid-neutralising processes in soil and water systems,

• geochemical modelling,

• methods for risk assessment of soils contaminated with metals and organic pollutants,

• overview of remediation methods for contaminated soils,

• applications of soil and water chemistry theory within agriculture, forestry and environmental research.

Course evaluation

Additional course evaluations for MV0218

Academic year 2023/2024

Environmental geochemistry (MV0218-20205)

2023-10-31 - 2024-01-14

Academic year 2022/2023

Environmental geochemistry (MV0218-20050)

2022-11-01 - 2023-01-15

Academic year 2021/2022

Environmental geochemistry (MV0218-20092)

2021-11-02 - 2022-01-16

Academic year 2020/2021

Environmental geochemistry (MV0218-20156)

2020-11-02 - 2021-01-17

Academic year 2019/2020

Environmental geochemistry (MV0218-20103)

2019-11-01 - 2020-01-19

Academic year 2018/2019

Environmental geochemistry (MV0218-20083)

2018-11-05 - 2019-01-20

Syllabus and other information

Litterature list

The main textbook we use is:

"Soil and Water Chemistry: An integrative Approach" (Michael E. Essington).

We use paper versions of the second edition, but the first edition is available for free online and differences with the first edition are insignificant.

Other important literature:

Gustafsson, J.P., Jacks, G., Simonsson, M. Nilsson, I. 2005. Soil and water chemistry. Compendium. 119 pp.

• Report 4639. Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (Naturvårdsverket), 1997. Development of generic guideline values. Model and data used for generic guideline values for contaminated soils in Sweden.


• Schwartzenbach, R.P., Escher, B.I., Fenner, K., Hofstetter, T.B., Johnson, C.A., von Gunten, U., Wehrli, B. 2006. The challenge of micropollutants in aquatic systems. Science, 310, 1072-1077.

• Campos Pereira, H., Ullberg, M., Kleja, D.B., Gustafsson, J.P., Ahrens, L. 2018. Sorption of perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) to an organic soil horizon - Effect of cation composition and pH. Chemosphere 207: 183-191.

• UNIDO. Survey of Soil Remediation Technology.

• Dermont et al. 2008. Metal-Contaminated Soils: Remediation Practices and Treatment Technologies. Practice Periodical of Hazardous, Toxic, and Radioactive Waste Management, 12:188-209.

• Dermont et al. 2008. Soil washing for metal removal: A review of physical/chemical technologies and field applications. Journal of Hazardous Materials 152: 1–31.

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: EnvEuro - European Master in Environmental Science Soil, Water and Environment - Master's Programme Agriculture and Plant/Soil Sciences Agriculture Programme - Soil/Plant Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 38060 SEK Cycle: Master’s level (A1N)
Subject: Environmental Science Soil Science Soil science Environmental science
Course code: MV0218 Application code: SLU-20147 Location: Uppsala Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Soil and Environment Pace: 100%