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290010 VU Soil Erosion Research: Principles, Methods, Management approaches (2019W)

4.00 ECTS (3.00 SWS), SPL 29 - Geographie
Continuous assessment of course work



max. 20 participants
Language: German


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Thursday 31.10. 14:00 - 16:30 Hörsaal 5A Geographie NIG 5.OG A0518
Friday 15.11. 09:00 - 13:30 Hörsaal 4C Geographie NIG 4.OG C0409
Thursday 12.12. 14:00 - 16:30 Hörsaal 4C Geographie NIG 4.OG C0409
Tuesday 21.01. 08:30 - 13:00 Seminarraum 2A310 3.OG UZA II
Thursday 23.01. 14:00 - 16:30 Hörsaal 5A Geographie NIG 5.OG A0518


Aims, contents and method of the course

Aim: To learn basic concepts standard methods in the conext of soil erosion research and management

Content: Basis concepts, types of soil erosion (processes), factors of influence, consequences, methods of investigation, management concepts and their implementation

Methods: Lecture, practical exercises (focus on modelling)

Assessment and permitted materials

Written exam, protocol+presentation, active cooperation

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Partial requirements:
Written exam (40%), protocol+presentation (20+20%), active cooperation (20%)

The marking of all partial requirements is based assignment of points. The maximum number of points is 100 for the entire course.
In order to get a positive evaluation of the course, all partial requirements have to be assigned as ‘sufficient’.
The following key for marking is used:

Written exam (40 points max.)
>=36 points: excellent
31-35 points: good
27-31 points: satisfying
23-27 points: sufficient
< 23 points: insufficient

Active cooperation
20 points: excellent (active and constructive participation)
15 points: good (active participation)
10 points: satisfying (regular participation)
5 points: sufficient (less than three times absent)
0 points: insufficient (more than two times absent)

Presentation/protocol (20 points max. each):
>=18 points: excellent
15-17 points: good
13-15 points: satisfying
10-13 points: sufficient
< 10 points: insufficient

Examination topics

Lecture content, practical exercises

Reading list

Pimentel, D. (2006). Soil erosion: a food and environmental threat. Environment, development and sustainability, 8(1), 119-137.
Stroosnijder, L. (2005). Measurement of erosion: is it possible?. Catena, 64(2-3), 162-173.
Renschler, C. S., & Harbor, J. (2002). Soil erosion assessment tools from point to regional scales—the role of geomorphologists in land management research and implementation. Geomorphology, 47(2-4), 189-209.
Issaka, S., & Ashraf, M. A. (2017). Impact of soil erosion and degradation on water quality: a review. Geology, Ecology, and Landscapes, 1(1), 1-11.
Rickson, R. J. (2014). Can control of soil erosion mitigate water pollution by sediments?. Science of the Total Environment, 468, 1187-1197.

Association in the course directory

(BA GG AE) (MG-S1-PI) (MG-W1-PI)

Last modified: Mo 07.09.2020 15:21