2019 Aquatic Environmental Science

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Graduate major in Civil Engineering
Yoshimura Chihiro 
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Mon5-6(M112)  Thr5-6(M112)  
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Course description and aims

This course provides the fundamental knowledge and techniques to understand, assess, and manage aquatic ecosystems. It covers aquatic chemistry, biogeochemistry, and aquatic ecology while the applied aspects emphasize ecosystem managements taking rivers and lakes as examples.
Aquatic ecosystems have close relation to human activities, including flood control, water use, water environment, fishery, and so forth. Therefore, it is critically important to understand how aquatic ecosystems are complex, dynamic, and vulnerable from the physical, chemical and biological perspectives in order to properly assess and conserve aquatic ecosystems in relation to human activities. This lecture aims to provide such fundamental knowledge as well as techniques for practical applications so that students can obtain the overview of ecosystem management.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
1. Explain basics of biogeochemical process and water quality formation process in water environment.
2. Describe key components of the aquatic ecosystem and major ecological processes.
3. Present the concepts and techniques that are useful for environmental management, based on the hydraulic characteristics of each body of water including rivers , lakes, and coastal areas.


Water Chemistry, Microbiology, Trophic Relations, Aquatic Ecosystem, Water Environmental Management

Competencies that will be developed

Intercultural skills Communication skills Specialist skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills
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Class flow

One topic is addressed in a class. Every class contains a lecture for about 70 min. and an exercise for about 20 min. All students are expected to submit reports and have exams.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Guidance Understand lecture outline and work on its exercise.
Class 2 State of aquatic environments Understand state of aquatic environments and work on its exercise.
Class 3 Watershed hydrology Understand watershed hydrology and work on its exercise.
Class 4 Sediment and habitat dynamics Understand sediment and habitat dynamics and work on its exercise.
Class 5 pH and redox potential Understand pH and redox potential and work on its exercise.
Class 6 Dissolution and kinetics Understand dissolution and kinetics and work on its exercise.
Class 7 Particle and adsorption Understand particle and adsorption and work on its exercise.
Class 8 Mid-term exercise Summarize the first part and work on its exercise.
Class 9 Primary production Understand primary production and work on its exercise.
Class 10 Nutrient cycle Understand nutrient cycle in water environments and work on its exercise.
Class 11 Microbes and carbon dynamics Understand microbes and carbon dynamics and work on its exercise.
Class 12 Species and biodiversity Understand species and biodiversity and work on its exercise.
Class 13 Fate and transport of pollutants Understand fate and transport of pollutants and work on its exercise.
Class 14 Management of aquatic environments Understand management of aquatic environments and work on its exercise.
Class 15 Presentation on aquatic environments Provide presentation in a group focusing on one topic related to water environment and actively join discussion.


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Reference books, course materials, etc.

Aquatic Environmental Chemistry (Oxford, 1998)
Principles and Applications of Aquatic Chemistry (Wiley, 1993)
Stream Ecology: Structure and function of running waters (Springer, 2007)

Assessment criteria and methods

Exercise/Discussion 50%, Exam 50%
More than 9 times of attendance are required for the credit.

Related courses

  • CVE.G402 : Environmental Statistics
  • CVE.G310 : Water Environmental Engineering
  • CVE.G230 : Environmental Planning Project

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

No prerequisites

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