Basics of Soil Sciences
Course code
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Course title in Estonian
Mullateaduse alused
Course title in English
Basics of Soil Sciences
ECTS credits
Assessment form
lecturer of 2022/2023 Autumn semester
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lecturer of 2022/2023 Spring semester
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Course aims
To offer an introduction to soil science by explaining the nature, composition, functions and characteristics of soils and the processes that shape it. Introducing the main methods used in soil science, including soil mapping and remote sensing. Giving and overview of soil regimes and the fertility of different types of soils (agricultural, anthropogenic and natural soils). Introducing the principles of soil classification. Helping in understanding the complex nature of soil ecosystems and ecological processes in soil, and discussing modern soil conservation problems.
Brief description of the course
The course will give an overview of the principles of soil science - the nature, composition, functions, properties and morphological characteristics of soils. Soil formation and development processes are discussed. An introduction is given into the methodologies used in soil science, including remote sensing and soil mapping. Soil regimes are discussed and the fertility of soils is discussed in the context of various types of soils (agricultural, anthropogenic and natural soils). An overview of soil classification is given. Also the soil ecology and modern soil conservation problems are discussed.
Learning outcomes in the course
Upon completing the course the student:
- is able to describe the main principles of soil science and understand the main terminology;
- can explain the the principles of soil processes and understands the relations of soils and the surrounding environment;
- is able to describe and analyse the soils of a study area, the main soil types and their characteristics;
- is familiar with literature of soil science and has the basic knowledge solve methodological problems.
Piret Vacht , MSc