2019-2020 / OCEA0220-1

Biogeochemical Cycles in the Polar Ocean and Sea Ice


20h Th

Number of credits

 Master in oceanography (120 ECTS)3 crédits 


Bruno Delille, Anne Mouchet


Bruno Delille

Language(s) of instruction

English 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

We will address biogeochemical cycles (other than the main carbon, nitrogen and phosphours cycles that are addressed in the modul "biogeochemical cycles 1"), their role in the ecosystem structure, their importance in the context of global changes and especially the emmission of some climate gases. We will also address a particular perturbation of the carbon cycle: the oceanic acidification.
We will address

  • Importance of biogeochemical cycles in the ecosystem structure: case of the Southern Ocean
  • Iron cycle
  • Sulphur cyle
  • Oceanic acidification

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

To understand the origin and evolution of the main biochemical phenomena that govern the Earth.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

This course is a follow-up of BIOC0701-1

Planned learning activities and teaching methods


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

Start in November, in accordance with the Master ERASMUS MER

Recommended or required readings

Powerpoint posted on e-campus

Assessment methods and criteria

Depending on the number of students, written exam or small review of litterature

Work placement(s)

Organizational remarks


Bruno DELILLE Bruno.Delille@ulg.ac.be
Anne MOUCHETA.Mouchet@ulg.ac.be