2019-2020 / OCEA0025-1

Dynamics of nutrients in marine environment : chemical and biochemical aspects


7,5h Th, 7,5h Pr, 10h FW

Number of credits

 Master in oceanography (120 ECTS)3 crédits 


François Fripiat

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

This course deals with the biogeochemical aspects associated with the study of the dynamics of nutrients in the marine environment (with a special emphasis on the nitrogen, phosphorus, and silicon cycle). After introducing each cycle, we will focus on a selection of analytical techniques used to estimate concentration and flow of nutrients in the marine environment. These techniques will involve using stable and/or radioactive isotopes, as well as geochemical tracers.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

To provide the theoretical concepts required to study the dynamic of nutrients in the marine environment.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Basic understanding of chemistry, biology and oceanography.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

A full day practical work will be dedicated to analytical techniques used to study the N cycles (Vrije Universiteit Brussel).

Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning)

The theory course begins in the first semester in Liège (unless upon student request). 4 Lectures of 2.5h duration (French or English depending of the students) and 1 full-day of practical work in Brussels (Vrije Universiteit Brussel).

Recommended or required readings

There are no prepared course notes, but students will receive a copy of overheads and scientific articles or reference worlds illustrating the theory concepts being taught.

Assessment methods and criteria

Personal report followed by a discussion.

Work placement(s)

Organizational remarks


Dr. François FRIPIAT (ULB-VUB)