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651-4049-00L  Conceptual and Quantitative Methods in Geochemistry

SemesterAutumn Semester 2016
LecturersO. Bachmann, M. Schönbächler, D. Vance
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish
CommentFor this course the successful completion of the BSc-course "Geochemistry" (651-3400-00L) is a condition.



Catalogue data

AbstractThis course will introduce some of the main quantitative methods available for the quantitative treatment of geochemical data, as well as the main modelling tools. Emphasis will both be on conceptual understanding of these methods as well as on their practical application, using key software packages to analyse real geochemical datasets.
ObjectiveDevelopment of a basic knowledge and understanding of the main tools available for the quantitative analysis of geochemical data.
ContentThe following approaches will be discussed in detail: major and trace element modelling of magmas, with application to igneous systems; methods and statistics for calculation of isochrons and model ages; reservoir dynamics and one-dimensional modelling of ocean chemistry; modelling speciation in aqueous (hydrothermal, fresh water sea water) fluids.

We will discuss how these methods are applied in a range of Earth Science fields, from cosmochemistry, through mantle and crustal geochemistry, volcanology and igneous petrology, to chemical oceanography.

A special emphasis will be put on dealing with geochemical problems through modeling. Where relevant, software packages will be introduced and applied to real geochemical data.
Lecture notesSlides of lectures will be available.
Prerequisites / NoticePre-requisite: Geochemistry (651-3400-00L), Isotope Geochemistry and Geochronology (651-3501-00L).

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits3 credits
ExaminersO. Bachmann, M. Schönbächler, D. Vance
Typegraded semester performance
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionRepetition only possible after re-enrolling for the course unit.
Additional information on mode of examinationThe assessment consists of three semester exercises which will use the methods dealt with in lectures, including relevant software.

Learning materials

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Courses

NumberTitleHoursLecturers
651-4049-00 GConceptual and Quantitative Methods in Geochemistry2 hrs
Fri08-10NO D 39 »
08-10NO E 11 »
O. Bachmann, M. Schönbächler, D. Vance

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Offered in

ProgrammeSectionType
Atmospheric and Climate Science MasterClimate History and PaleoclimatologyWInformation
Earth Sciences MasterGeochemistry: Compulsory CoursesW+Information
Environmental Sciences MasterClimate History and PaleoclimatologyWInformation