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Soil Science, hydrology and meteorology

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Additional course evaluations for SG0211

Academic year 2019/2020

Soil Science, hydrology and meteorology (SG0211-40009) 2020-03-25 - 2020-04-30

Academic year 2018/2019

Soil Science, hydrology and meteorology (SG0211-40058) 2019-03-26 - 2019-05-02

Academic year 2017/2018

Soil Science, hydrology and meteorology (SG0211-40118) 2018-03-21 - 2018-04-26

SG0211 Soil Science, hydrology and meteorology, 7.5 Credits

Marklära, hydrologi och meteorologi

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Soil science Forest science

Education cycle

First cycle

Advanced study in the main field

First cycle, at least 60 credits from first-cycle courses as entry requirements(G2F)

Grading scale

5:Pass with Distinction, 4:Pass with Credit, 3:Pass, U:Fail The requirements for attaining different grades are described in the course assessment criteria which are contained in a supplement to the course syllabus. Current information on assessment criteria shall be made available at the start of the course.



Prior knowledge

Basic qualifications for university studies and qualifications from upper secondary school equivalent to
- Biology 2 and
- Chemistry 2
knowledge at basic level equivalent to
- 60 credits Forest Science, including Chemistry 7,5 credits and 7,5 credits Soil Science
- 60 credits Biology including Chemistry 15 credits and Soil Science 7.5 credits or
- 60 credits Biology inluding Chemistry 15 credits and Earth sciences 7.5 credits or
- 60 credits of Earth sciences including Chemistry 15 credits


The course aims at a comprehensive and coherent view of the forest ecosystem, including landscape-scale meteorologic and hydrologic processes such as the energy and water balances, and enhanced knowledge of physical, chemical and biological processes in the soil.

After completing the course the student will be able to:
- account for the energy- and water balance equations, including the variation of parameters over different vegetation surfaces.
- discuss the effects of different forestry activities on the energy and water balance, in a given area.
- describe the components of soils and the most important organism groups, including their main functions in the soil system.
- account for the strength and capacity of water adsorption and its availability for plants, the transport of water in the groundwater zone, and the main features of gas exchange in soils.
- account for fundamental chemical and biological soil processes, particularly those tied to the cycling of nutrients, and the understanding of how that, in turn, is affecting the soil productivity.
- discuss different environmental factors, such as availability of water-, nutrient- and energy substrates, as well as temperature, pH and redox conditions, affect the rate and direction of soil processes.


The pedagogic setup is lectures, individual reading and organized group discussions. The group discussions are performed according to a specific protocol termed SIG (Studies In Groups). Subsections of the course are ended with question seminars. In some subject areas this pedagogy is complemented by supporting exercises.
The subject content includes the fields of meteorology, hydrology, soil physics, soil chemistry and soil biology including microbiology. Scheduled exercises and group discussions are compulsory.

Formats and requirements for examination

Approved written examination and approved reports and presentation of exercises. Participation in compulsory parts.
  • If the student fails a test, the examiner may give the student a supplementary assignment, provided this is possible and there is reason to do so.
  • If the student has been granted special educational support because of a disability, the examiner has the right to offer the student an adapted test, or provide an alternative assessment.
  • If changes are made to this course syllabus, or if the course is closed, SLU shall decide on transitional rules for examination of students admitted under this syllabus but who have not yet passed the course.
  • For the examination of a degree project (independent project), the examiner may also allow the student to add supplemental information after the deadline. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Other information

  • The right to take part in teaching and/or supervision only applies to the course date to which the student has been admitted and registered on.
  • If there are special reasons, the student may take part in course components that require compulsory attendance at a later date. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Additional information

SLU is environmentally certified according to ISO 14001. A large part of our courses
cover knowledge and skills that contribute positively to the environment. To further
strengthen this, we have specific environmental goals for the education. Students are
welcome to suggest actions regarding the course’s content and implementation that lead
to improvements for the environment. For more information, see webpage

Responsible department

Department of Forest Ecology and Management

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom skog (PN - S)
Replaces: SG0141
There are no Grading criteria posted for this course
1) Nature and properties of soils (2008, 14th edition). Pearson/prentice Hall, Inc., New Jersey, USA.
Author: Brady NC & Weil RR
Comments: (-15:e, 13:e eller 12:e upplagan fungerar någorlunda (en del ändringar + sidhänvisningar stämmer ej). Böckerna finns te x på Ad libris (på nätet); Bokus (på nätet); (på nätet); både nya och begagnade finns). -Förkortade , dock ej billigare, versionen ”Elements of the Nature and Properties of Soils “, (2nd ed.) är också ganska OK (Böckerna finns även på Ad libris (på nätet); Bokus (på nätet); (på nätet), nya och begagnade finns …)
2) Boundry layer climates
Author: Oke TR
Comments: Boundary layer climates. T. R. Oke. Routhledge.
3) Vattnets väg från regn till bäck
Author: Grip H & Rodhe A.
Comments: Grip H och Rodhe A, 1985(1988). Vattnets väg från regn till bäck. Forskningsrådens Förlagstjänst. Slutsåld, men numera finns den för fri nedladdning på länken nedan (Inst. har dessutom en del låneexemplar).

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: Forest Science - Master´s Programme Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 19027 SEK Cycle: First cycle
Subject: Soil science Forest science
Course code: SG0211 Application code: SLU-40003 Location: Umeå Distance course: No Language: Swedish Responsible department: Department of Forest Ecology and Management Pace: 100%