AEW-31306 Water Quality

Code last year: (AEW-20306)


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Course coordinator(s)prof. dr. AA Koelmans
Lecturer(s)prof. dr. AA Koelmans
dr. ir. JJM de Klein
dr. ir. MFLLW Lürling
Examiner(s)prof. dr. AA Koelmans

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

Basic chemistry, differential equations, introductory knowledge of surface water quality and aquatic ecology (AEW-21306, LAD-10806)


This advanced course provides a critical overview of the processes and quantitative process descriptions that are essential to understanding surface water quality and systems analysis of aquatic systems. Chemical and physical processes are emphasized and treated in the context of policy and risk assessment developments. Six themes will be treated: (1) Advanced aquatic chemistry, (2) Transport and exchange processes, (3) Fate and bio-magnification of micro-pollutants, (4) Nutrient behaviour, (5) Phytoplankton and algal nuisance, (6) Oceans. Each theme takes one week of the course. For each theme a recent scientific paper is critically analyzed, in order to identify key innovations in the field. These papers are updated annually.

Learning outcomes:

After this course the student is capable of:
- quantifying and critically evaluating the importance of physical, chemical and biological processes in freshwater and marine aquatic (eco)systems, such as chemical reactions in lakes and rivers, solute transport, sedimentation and resuspension, gas-water exchange, sediment-water exchange, adsorption and bioaccumulation, oligotrophication and eutrophication, nutrient behaviour and retention, C-, N-, and P- behaviour in aquatic systems, causes and solutions to algal nuisances, light climate and algal growth, role of infochemicals and infodisruptors, carbonate and aragonite formation, marine geochemistry and ocean acidification
Study material:
- lecture notes with exercises (delivered weekly through EDUweb, prior to the lectures);
- PowerPoint presentations (delivered through EDUweb, prior to the lectures);
- answers to exercises;
- selected scientific papers.


- preparing and attending lectures;
- independent study;
- practising problem solving;
- reading and discussing selected scientific papers.


- weekly assignments (20%);
- written exam (80%). This exam is partly open book.


No literature available.

Compulsory for: BESEnvironmental SciencesBScB: Environmental Quality and Systems Analysis4WD
Restricted Optional for: BSWSoil, Water, AtmosphereBSc4WD
MHWHydrology and Water QualityMScC: Aquatic Ecology and Water Quality Management4WD
MESEnvironmental SciencesMSc4WD
MAMAquaculture and Marine Resource ManagementMScB: Marine Resources and Ecology4WD