ENV 708b/ENAS 640b/F&ES 344b () / 2023-2024

Aquatic Chemistry

Credits: 3

Spring 2024: M,W, 1:00-2:20, TBA


A detailed examination of the principles governing chemical reactions in water. Emphasis is on developing the ability to predict the aqueous chemistry of natural and perturbed systems based on a knowledge of their biogeochemical setting. Focus is on inorganic chemistry, and topics include elementary thermodynamics, acid-base equilibria, alkalinity, speciation, solubility, mineral stability, redox chemistry, and surface complexation reactions. Illustrative examples are taken from the aquatic chemistry of estuaries, lakes, rivers, wetlands, soils, aquifers, and the atmosphere. A standard software package used to predict chemical equilibria may also be presented.

Prerequisites for ENV 708:
ENV 707: Introduction to Environmental Chemistry
or equivalent coursework.