Applied soil sciences

lbire2104  2020-2021  Louvain-la-Neuve

Applied soil sciences
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information below is subject to change, in particular that concerning the teaching mode (presential, distance or in a comodal or hybrid format).
4 credits
22.5 h + 22.5 h
Q1
Teacher(s)
Agnan Yannick; Delmelle Pierre (coordinator);
Language
French
Prerequisites
- Introduction aux sciences de la Terre [LBIR1130]
- Introduction à l'ingénierie de la biosphère [LBIR1230]
- Sciences du sol et excursions intégrées [LBIR1336]
Main themes
- Soils as bio-physico-chemical reactors at the interface between the lithosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and atmosphere
- Pedological processes governing soil formation and functioning
- Physico-chemical reactions which underpin the response of soils to natural and anthropogenic perturbations
Aims

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 a. Contribution of the activity to the framework AA
M1.1, M1.2, M1.3, M1.4, M1.5
M2.1, M2.2, M2.3, M2.4
M3.4
M6.2, M6.5

b. Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the activity, the student is able to:
- Describe the pedological processes governing soil formation and functioning
- Explain the physico-chemical reactions which underpin the response of soils to natural and anthropogenic perturbations
- Determine the factors and processes responsible for the variability of soil properties
- Assess the response of soil to natural and anthropogenic perturbations
     
 

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
Content
1. Introduction
2. Soil acidity
3. Soil weathering and formation
4. Dynamics of soil organic matter
5. Sorption reactions
6. Redox reactions
7. Soil development
8. Case studies
Teaching methods

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.

- Face-to-face classes
- Field group project
- Applied problems
Evaluation methods

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.

- Intermediate written test
- Group project report
- Open book written exam
Other information
This course can be given in English.
Online resources
Lecture notes and other teaching resources available on Moodle
Bibliography
Blume H.-P., Brümmer G.W., Fleige H., Horn R., Kandeler E., Kögel-Knabner I., Kretzschmar R., Stahr K., Wilke B.-M. (2016). Scheffer/Schachtschabel soil science. Springer, Berlin. 618 p.
Calvet R. (2013). Le sol. France Agricole, Paris. 678 p.
Calvet R., Chenu C., Houot S. (2015). Les matières organiques des sols. France Agricole, Paris. 304 p.
Faculty or entity


Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Sigle
Credits
Prerequisites
Aims
Master [120] in Agriculture and Bio-industries

Master [120] in Forests and Natural Areas Engineering

Master [120] in Environmental Bioengineering