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Environmental Field Studies

Field studies are vital to monitor the state of the environment and advance the understanding of Earth system compartments and processes. Combining hands-on experience with advanced techniques, this course prepares you to design, plan and execute your own field investigations and draw nuanced interpretations and conclusions from the data.

In this course, you will get a chance to familiarize yourself with the composition and structure of different environmental compartments such as soil, inland waters, coastal systems and the lower atmosphere. You will learn to plan and execute environmental sampling campaigns from designing the study, collecting samples using a range of approaches, to performing field measurements with state-of-the-art techniques.

Past students have visited the Stockholm archipelago with research vessel Electra to learn shore- and ship-based marine field methods, the Erken Laboratory to learn biological field sampling in lakes, field sites around Stockholm to compare soil profiles, the parameters that shape them and the environmental implications, and the ICOS station Norunda for an introduction to atmospheric and forest ecosystem measurements with e.g. Eddy Covariance, soil flux chambers and a range of meteorological tools.

Course given in English unless all students speak Swedish.

Field sampling in Tyresta National Park, one of the course’s excursion sites.