Núria Casacuberta Arola: Katalogdaten im Herbstsemester 2021

NameFrau Prof. Dr. Núria Casacuberta Arola
LehrgebietPhysikalische Ozeanographie
Adresse
Physikalische Ozeanographie
ETH Zürich, CHN E 19.2
Universitätstrasse 16
8092 Zürich
SWITZERLAND
Telefon+41 44 632 83 36
E-Mailnuria.casacubertaarola@usys.ethz.ch
DepartementUmweltsystemwissenschaften
BeziehungAssistenzprofessorin

NummerTitelECTSUmfangDozierende
651-4191-00LRadionuclides as Environmental Tracers3 KP2VN. Casacuberta Arola, M. Christl, L. Wacker, C. Welte
KurzbeschreibungRadionuclides stemming from natural and artificial sources are powerful tools that allow gaining a better understanding of a large range of environmental processes. This course will focus on cosmogenic and anthropogenic radionuclides and will provide a general overview about common applications and the use of tracers in the environment, e.g. to understand past climatic changes and ocean currents.
LernzielStudents learn the basic facts about sources and fate of natural and artificial long-lived radionuclides (e.g. 14C, 26Al, 10Be, 129I 236U, Pu-isotopes, etc.). They gain insights into the different detection techniques, with special focus on accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS). A selection of the numerous applications of the different radionuclides in oceanic, atmospheric and terrestrial processes will be studied.
InhaltThe course will include lectures, practical exercises and two excursions, namely the opportunity to visit the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL) and the AMS facilities at ETH (Laboratory of Ion Beam Physics).
Lectures will cover:
- an introduction to natural and artificial radionuclides;
- a general overview of radionuclide detection, in particular AMS will be studied including a tour to the Laboratory of Ion Beam Physics;
- applications of long-lived radionuclides in the different environmental compartments (oceans, atmosphere and terrestrial environments):
o The use of 14C in oceanic, atmospheric and terrestrial studies including a tour to the WSL labs;
o applications of 10Be in ice cores and marine sediments;
o applications of nuclear wastes from nuclear accidents (e.g. Fukushima);
o controlled releases from nuclear reprocessing plants and their role in understanding oceanic processes.
Exercise classes will include an introduction to the Ocean Data View and basic course in applying box models to describe transport and mixing processes.
As an evaluation, students will have to hand in a series of exercises related to the different topics of the lecture.
Voraussetzungen / BesonderesThe content of this course is interdisciplinary and it will benefit from students coming from different fields.
Two lab tours are organized.
This course is also well suited for Ph.D. students.
Students will need to bring their own computer that allow installing Ocean Data View.
701-1302-00LTerm Paper 2: Seminar Belegung eingeschränkt - Details anzeigen
Prerequisite: Term Paper 1: Writing (701-1303-00L).

Only for Environmental Sciences MSc and Science, Technology and Policy MSc.
2 KP1SL. Winkel, M. Ackermann, N. Casacuberta Arola, K. Deiner, N. Gruber, J. Hering, R. Kipfer, R. Kretzschmar, K. McNeill, D. Mitrano, A. N'Guyen van Chinh, M. Sander, M. H. Schroth, C. Schubert
KurzbeschreibungThis class is the 2nd part of a series and participation is conditional on the successful completion of "Term Paper 1: Writing". The results from the term paper written during the previous term are presented to the other students and advisors and discussed with the audience.
LernzielThe goal of the term paper seminars is to train the student's ability to communicate (scientific) results to a wider audience and the ability to respond to questions and comments.
InhaltEach student presents the results of their term paper to fellow students and advisors and responds to questions and comments from the audience.
SkriptGuidelines and supplementary material are distributed on the Moodle platform.
Voraussetzungen / BesonderesThere is no final exam. Grade is assigned based on the quality of the presentation and ensuing discussion.

To obtain the credits, it is mandatory to attend at least 60% of all seminar dates offered in the fall and spring semester. Active participation in discussion and feedback rounds is expected.
701-1303-00LTerm Paper 1: Writing Belegung eingeschränkt - Details anzeigen
Only for Environmental Sciences MSc and Science, Technology and Policy MSc.
5 KP6AL. Winkel, M. Ackermann, N. Casacuberta Arola, K. Deiner, N. Gruber, J. Hering, R. Kipfer, R. Kretzschmar, M. Lever, K. McNeill, D. Mitrano, A. N'Guyen van Chinh, M. Sander, M. H. Schroth, C. Schubert
KurzbeschreibungThe ability to critically evaluate original (scientific) literature and to summarise the information in a succinct manner is an important skill for any student. This course aims to practice this ability, requiring each student to write a term paper of scientific quality on a topic of relevance for research in the areas of biogeochemistry and pollutant dynamics.
LernzielThe goal of the term paper is to train the student's ability to critically evaluate scientific literature and to summarise the findings concisely in a paper addressing a research question.

At the end of the course, students will be able to:
- narrow down a research question.
- identify relevant literature to address the research question.
- concisely summarise and critically evaluate their findings.
- formulate key outstanding questions.
InhaltEach student is expected to write a paper with a length of approximately 15-20 pages. The students can choose from a list of topics prepared by the tutors, but the final topic will be determined based on a balance of choice and availability. The students will be guided and advised by their tutors throughout the term.

The paper itself should contain the following elements:
- Motivation and context of the given topic (25%)
- Concise presentation and critical evaluation of the state of the science (50%)
- Identification of open questions and perhaps opportunities for further research (25%)

In addition, the accurate use of citations, attribution of ideas, and the judicious use of figures, tables, equations and references are critical components of a successful paper. Specialised knowledge is not expected, nor required; neither is new research.
SkriptGuidelines and supplementary material are distributed on the Moodle platform.
LiteraturOriginal scientific literature will be identified based on the chosen topic.
Voraussetzungen / BesonderesPlease enrol latest until the first week of the semester. Contact termpaper(at)env.ethz.ch if you don't yet have access to MyStudies.

The term paper course is primarily aimed at master students majoring in biogeochemistry & pollutant dynamics and ISTP students with a solid background in natural sciences and a strong interest in biogeochemistry & pollutant dynamics.

Each student submits a term paper that will be reviewed by one fellow student and one faculty. The submission of the term paper and a written review of another student's term paper are a condition for obtaining the credit points.

There is no final exam. The grade is assigned based on the quality of the term paper and the submitted review as well as on the presentation in the following term.

Results from the term paper will be presented to fellow students and involved faculty in the following semester ("Term Paper 2: Seminar").