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Marine Organic Environmental Chemistry



Course format On-site
Date 2020-08-17 - 2020-12-20

This course focuses on applications of state-of-the-art methods for detecting oil and oil degradation product under both temperate and arctic conditions. This include advanced field sampling and analytical fingerprinting (different chromatographic analyses) and statistical techniques for oil spill identification (oil spill forensics). These analytical techniques are also relevant for a wider applications within the industry, and to study other organic pollutants in marine environmental matrices. Typical ecotoxicological effects observed following oil spills are also discussed. Theory and practical use of modelling tools describing spreading, effects and weathering processes relevant for marine oil spills are an inportant part of the course. Techniques for responding to oil spills (mechanical recovery, in-situ burning and use of dispersants) are also presented and discussed.


KJ1000 or TMT4115 or corresponding courses.
Admission to the course is restricted to students with this course as mandatory in their program. Others can apply for eventual free places.

Recommended previous knowledge

Equal to; Analytical Chemistry, Basic Course (KJ2050), Chromatography (KJ2053), Environmental Chemistry (KJ2070, KJ2071 or KJ2072) and Pollution Biology (BI2071 or BI2072).

Learning outcomes

After examination the student will be able to:

  • Present in-depth knowledge of weathering processes of marine oil spills.
  • Use state-of-the art software to describe and model fate and behaviour of marine oil spills.
  • Assess and consider measures to reduce damage from an oil spill and suggest appropriate and effective methods for collecting oil and handling of the spill.
  • Interpret and understand results from a wide selection of analytical methods used to characterise physical- and chemical properties of oil spills.
  • Use an international recognised system for identifying sources of illegal oil spill through advanced chemical and statistical fingerprinting (oil spill forensics).


ISCED Categories

Conservation and environmental management
Scientific modelling