Earth surface materials such as soils, sediments and regolith are essential for the survival of terrestrial ecosystems, and are complex systems with interacting chemical, physical and biological processes. This unit investigates these processes in detail, aiming to understand and quantify the mechanisms involved. Drawing on soil and sediment geochemistry, soil hydrology and soil physics, and soil microbiology, the unit addresses diverse and relevant issues of how the dynamic nature of soil relates to the transport and reactions of elements and minerals, as well as how the soil three-dimensional matrix regulates soil biodiversity. The unit provides students with the ability to investigate soils using experimental and/or modelling skills and apply these to real-world examples relevant to remediation professional practice in areas such as agriculture, environmental science and land rehabilitation.
Course period1/01/1228/09/18
Course levelPostgraduate coursework
Course formatUnit