Marine Pollution


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module


Students who complete the module:

Learning objectives


  • On marine ecosystems.
  • On theory for physical, chemical and microbial processes in marine systems.
  • On the most common types of marine pollution.


  • To understand the exchange of matter between aquatic and terrestrial environments.
  • To describe the marine ecosystem, light, salinity and temperature.
  • To understand primary production, respiration and re-oxidation.
  • To analyse microbial loops, food webs, turnover of C-N-S in aquatic environments.
  • To analyse marine sediments.
  • To distinguish pollution impacts on individuals, populations and communities.
  • To evaluate man-made pollutants (xenobiotics), disease-causing microorganisms (pathogens) in marine waters.
  • To assess recreational and bathing water quality and related fecal pollution source tracking.


  • Work with and analyze nutrient cycling in coastal marine ecosystem.
  • Describe important organic and inorganic pollutants and pollution effects in coastal marine waters.
  • Evaluate methods to prevent and alleviate antropogenic pollution in coastal marine waters evaluate meth.

Type of instruction

Lectures, etc. supplemented with project work, workshops, presentation seminars, lab tests.

Extent and expected workload

Since it is a 5 ECTS project module, the workload is expected to be 150 hours for the student.



Name of examMarine Pollution
Type of exam
Written or oral exam
Individual oral or written exam
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentAs stated in the Joint Programme Regulations.

Facts about the module

Danish titleForurening af marine områder
Module codeB-VM-K2-8
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudy Board of Civil Engineering
DepartmentDepartment of Civil Engineering
FacultyFaculty of Engineering and Science