This course will evaluate how diverse human activities influence the physical, chemical, and biological properties of freshwater ecosystems. Field and laboratory exercises will focus on learning the monitoring tools currently used to assess the quality of streams, rivers, and lakes. These tools will be further implemented in small, field-based group projects that will address different environmental pressures characteristic of northern Sweden and Umeå (e.g., forestry, agriculture, and urban development). Additional course lectures, discussions, and/or excursions will focus on a broader set of environmental issues that are of both regional and global significance, including stream and river restoration, hydroelectric development, organic pollutants, eutrophication, mining, and aquaculture. These themes will be discussed within the context of current environmental legislation, most notably the EU Water Framework Directive.
The information below is only for exchange students
2 November 2021
16 January 2022
Type of studies
60 ECTS in biology of which 15 in ecology, or 60 ETCS in earth science and 15 in ecology, or 60 ECTS in environmental science and 15 in ecology, or the equivalent.
Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper secondary course English A/5. Where the language of instruction is Swedish, applicants must prove proficiency in Swedish to the level required for basic eligibility for higher studies.
Students applying for courses within a double degree exchange agreement, within the departments own agreements will be given first priority. Then will - in turn - candidates within the departments own agreements, faculty agreements, central exchange agreements and other departmental agreements be selected.
This application round is only intended for nominated exchange students. Information about deadlines can be found in the e-mail instruction that nominated students receive.
The application period is closed.