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lök200 - Geo-Biology of the Coast (Complete module description)
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Module label Geo-Biology of the Coast
Modulkürzel lök200
Credit points 6.0 KP
Workload 180 h
Institute directory Institute for Biology and Environmental Sciences
Verwendbarkeit des Moduls
  • Master's Programme Landscape Ecology (Master) > Vertiefungsmodule zweites Fachsemester
Zuständige Personen
Freund, Holger (Module responsibility)
Basic knowledge in Geology, Geomorphology, and Botany, comparable to the respective Bachelor modules in Environmental Sciences
Skills to be acquired in this module
Upon successful completion of the module students will gain:
Advanced knowledge of the most important marine, semiterrestrial and terrestrial ecosystems on the North Sea coast.
Advanced knowledge of erosion and transport processes of unconsolidated sediments as well as their sedimentation in terrestrial, coastal and marine areas.
Advanced skills in addressing sediments and in sampling.
Knowledge of the most important pollen types of the Northwest European flora, their chemical preparation and analysis of palynological samples as well as application of palynology in Palaeoecology, Palaeoclimatology, and as a dating method.
Knowledge of the most important diatoms (pelagic and benthic types) of the North Sea coast, skills in the chemical preparation and analysis of diatom samples as well as in the application of diatom research in Palaeoecology and facies addressing.
Module contents
a) “Coastal biotopes and adjacent regions" - L: Flora and fauna of the most important ecosystems on the North Sea coast (sublittoral, Zostera meadows, salt marshes, woods, mires);
b) “Clastic sediments – Transport und sedimentation“ - L: Petrological cycle, weathering, transport, physical fundaments of sediment transport, aeolian, fluviatile and marine sediment transport;
c) “Biological methods of addressing facies – pollen and diatom analysis“ - LC: Application of coring techniques in the field, sampling, chemical preparation for pollen and diatom analysis, palynology and spore research of higher plants, mosses and ferns, diatom research, facies research in the coastal region
Bird, E. (2003): Coastal Geomorphology – an introduction. Wiley.
Zepp, H. (2004): Geomorphologie. UTB.
Thurman, H. & A. Trujillo (1999): Oceanography, Prentice Hall; Duff, D. (1997): Holmes’ Principles of Physical Geology.
Chapman & Hall.
Krammer, K. (1986): Kieselalgen, Kosmos.
Lang, G. (1994): Quartäre Vegetationsgeschichte Europas, Fischer.
Schäfer, A. (2005): Klastische Sedimente, Elsevier.

Additional literature will be announced during the module.
Language of instruction German
Duration (semesters) 1 Semester
Module frequency jährlich
Module capacity unlimited
Reference text
6 CP / L / LC / 2nd semester (FS/WP) Freund (L = optionally MM 16 or MM 16 b)
Modullevel / module level MM (Mastermodul)
Modulart / typ of module Wahlpflicht
Lehr-/Lernform / Teaching/Learning method V/PR
Vorkenntnisse / Previous knowledge
Form of instruction Comment SWS Frequency Workload of compulsory attendance
Lecture 4 56
Practical training 2 28
Präsenzzeit Modul insgesamt 84 h
Examination Prüfungszeiten Type of examination
Final exam of module
Before the end of the module
Written examination (40%)
Specialized Exercise (60%)