ETE-34806 Chemical and Biological Resource Quality in Circular Economies

Course

Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Lecture16
Tutorial14
Practical18
Group work6
Excursion (one day)12
Course coordinator(s)dr. NB Sutton
Lecturer(s)dr. NB Sutton
dr. ir. N Hofstra
dr. ir. NW van den Brink
Examiner(s)prof. dr. ir. HHM Rijnaarts

Language of instruction:

English

Contents:

- Chemicals in multiple recycling in resource-efficient cyclic economies: - overview of emerging contaminating substances in recycled water, nutrients, organic residues, surface water, sediments, and soils;
- overview of advanced methods for screening and monitoring accumulation and availability of these substances;
- dispersal and effect modelling on local and regional (river basin) scale, including natural attenuation, with respect to the soil-water-air system, natural flora and fauna, and human food chains;
- preventive technological and management measures to control dispersion/accumulation in the natural environment (water and soil resources, natural biota), crops, livestock, and humans;
- Pathogenic organisms in multiple recycling in resource-efficient cyclic economies:
- overview of emerging pathogens in recycled water, nutrients, organic residues, surface water, sediments, and soils;
- overview of advanced screening, monitoring, and effect assessment methods;
- dispersal and effect modelling on local, regional (river basin) scale, including natural attenuation;
- technological and other management measures to protect the health of humans, livestock, and other organisms.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to:
- be able to understand the need of establishing resource cycles in sustainable economies;
- know which chemical and biological entities can cause problems in multiple recycling systems by threatening biodiversity, food quality and health;
- know about the fate and dispersion behaviour of these entities on various system scales, including natural attenuation effects, and how to apply this knowledge in screening, monitoring, and risk assessment methods;
- be able to synthesize their knowledge and insight into risk mitigation and prevention strategies, and to apply these in various technological and management approaches;
- be able to extrapolate this knowledge towards management recommendations based on the trade-offs between resource sustainability and safeguarding environmental and human health.

Activities:

Preparing and attending lectures and tutorials; group assignments with chemical/(micro-)biological measurements in case studies, and practical management sessions in living labs, so as to learn how to apply the course's subject matter and relate it to real world situations.

Examination:

Based on the weighted average of the written exam with open questions (60%), the report of the practical exercises (results and discussion) (20%) and the assignment (20%). The minimum mark for the written exam is 5.0.

Literature:

To be announced.

ProgrammePhaseSpecializationPeriod
Restricted Optional for: MUEUrban Environmental ManagementMSc4WD