Marine Pollution


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

To provide fundamental insight into coastal marine waters including effects and prevention of natural and anthropogenic pollution.

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 faecal pollution source tracking.


  • Work with and analyse 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 anthropogenic pollution in coastal marine waters.

Type of instruction

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

Extent and expected workload

The module is 5 ECTS which is corresponding to 150 hours of study.



Name of examMarine Pollution
Type of exam
Written or oral exam
Individual oral or written exam. Exam format is decided by start of semester.
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleForurening af marine områder
Module codeB-GEO-K2-3
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Education ownerMaster of Science (MSc) in Geography
Study BoardStudy Board of Built Environment
DepartmentDepartment of the Built Environment
FacultyThe Faculty of Engineering and Science