Masters degrees in Land-Atmosphere Interactions offer advanced study of the interface between terrestrial, marine and atmospheric processes, such as the exchanges of moisture and energy.
Specialisations include Hydrology, Hydrometeorology, Meteorology and Micrometeorology. Entry requirements normally include an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject such as Environmental Science.
Land-Atmosphere Interactions Masters explore the interactions between the lithosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere. Courses are highly dynamic, and include methodologies from disciplines such as Soil Science, Biology, Environmental Science and Geology.
For example, you might investigate how an understanding of the Earth’s weather systems (Meteorology) is advantageous for industries such as agriculture and aviation. For the former, you could analyse topics such as soil moisture plant physiology. For the latter, you’d likely examine turbulence, convection and atmospheric circulation.
It is also possible to examine processes within different ecosystems which are formed by Land-Atmosphere Interactions, such as biogeochemical cycling within rainforests. On the same hand, you could analyse how the combination of these systems are effected by climate change and phenomena such as natural disasters.
Careers may include roles in environmental monitoring, off-shore engineering, renewable energy, and humanitarian aid.
This programme aims to introduce students to the concepts of soil for the 21st century and is suitable for students wishing to pursue a career in land-based management or environmental protection.
Soils underpin the sustainability of terrestrial ecosystems and are key to food production. Soils form the basis of all agricultural production, but they also store water, mediate the impact of pollutants, provide biological habitats, have an impact on the accumulation of greenhouse gases in our atmosphere, are involved in dealing with society’s waste, are a source of extractable minerals and provide the foundations for the housing and roads on which society depends.
You will learn about soil function and management, and soil classification, assessment and analysis, with a strong emphasis on practical skills. You will gain expertise in the relationship between soil and sustainable approaches to land resource use.
This programme is run in collaboration with Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC).
Applicants who applied after 12 December 2016 receiving an offer of admission, either unconditional or conditional, may be required to pay a tuition fee deposit. Please see the fees and costs section for more information.
This programme involves two semesters of compulsory and option taught courses followed by a period of individual dissertation project work.
Compulsory courses typically will be:
In consultation with the Programme Director, you will choose from a range of optional courses^. We particularly recommend:
Courses are subject to timetabling and availability and are subject to change.
An integral, week-long study tour lets you refresh skills learned on the programme and develop new tools and techniques, useful during the dissertation process. The tour has historically been held in Mende, France. In addition to the formal taught component, students had the opportunity to go rafting and visit the Aven Armand caves.
There may also be a short tour during induction week, to give students a chance to get to know each other.
A recent report by the British Society of Soil Science (BSSS) identified soil science as an area in which there are critical skills shortages, meaning graduates will be in high demand.
Soil scientists are employed in a broad range of vocations including environmental consultancy, research, overseas development, environmental impact assessment and analysis, site reclamation and remediation, and conservation as well as advising on government policy, archaeological excavations and laboratory analyses, forensics, and landscape design.
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The programme is has been ranked No.1 overall in the UK for Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Science (REF 2014). Soil science is now an important area of environmental science which specifically addresses the challenges of managing soil now and in the future for food production, sustainable methods of food production, and environmental hazards and toxins. You also learn about, GIS and global soil geography and remediation methods. You analyse soil and understand changing environments and the challenges that come with them. This discipline will grow in importance due to its alignment with environmental science, climate science and geology and the growing awareness of challenges within these areas in the future. You are well placed to study the subject in Aberdeen. The department is highly regarded internationally with an established soil centre,. Aberdeen is also known for the The Hutton Institute (formerly McCauley) situated on the outskirts of the city.
Graduates have chosen a variety of careers which include agricultural consulting, mining, forestry, laboratory analysis and utilities. across Scotland, the UK and internationally. Environmental and food security concerns have grown and with them the industry has required more experts to support optimal methods of soil management. You will learn with the James Hutton Institute about soil management and field experiments which explore food security.
Core Skills in Environmental Science
Global Soil Geography
Soils for Food Security
Applications of GIS
Land use and the Changing Environment on Deeside
Environmental Impact Assessment
Ecological and Environmental Modelling
Project in Soil Science
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