911300 Soil physics and chemistry

Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Wenzel, Walter , Rampazzo, Nicola
Offered in
Wintersemester 2022/23
Languages of instruction


Fundamentals of soil physics (soil minerals, soil texture, soil density, soil structure, soil compaction, soil areation, soil temperature) and soil chemistry

Part soil chemistry:
- Introduction
- Fundamentals of soil chemistry
- Terminology and some definitions
- Soil constituents and main processes
- Chemical equilibrium in soils
- Sorption
- Fate of selected elements in soils
- Nitrogen
- Phosphorus
- Arsenic
- Cadmium
- Soil analysis
- General soil properties
- Soil nutrients
- Soil pollutants

Previous knowledge expected

Knowledge of fundamental physics, chemistry and soil science is required (at least bachelor level).

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

Know and understand the fundmental principles of soil physics and soil chemistry.

Soil chemistry part:
Aim: Give an introduction to soil chemistry
- Ensure that you know fundamental aspects of soil systems relevant for soil chemistry
- Give you an appreciation of fundamental concepts of soil chemistry and their application to specific problems
- Make you familiar with the fate of selected elements (P, N, As, Cd) in soils
- Make you familiar with fundamentals of soil analysis and their interpretation

For soil chemistry detailed learning outcomes are listed in the course handouts (available online at "course documents" and BOKULearn)
You can find more details like the schedule or information about exams on the course-page in BOKUonline.