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EAS 505: Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics II

Course Title

Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics II

Course Code

EAS 505

Course Type

Elective

Level

PhD

Instructor’s Name

Nikos Mihalopoulos (Lead Instructor), George Biskos, Mihalis Vrekoussis, Jonathan Williams, Kamil Erguler, Maria Kanakidou

ECTS

10

Lectures / week

1 (2.5 h)

Laboratories / week

-

Course Purpose and Objectives

This course will address advanced chemical, physical, biological and dynamical processes that determine trace gas distributions and aerosols in the atmosphere and their impacts on climate and human health, based on a solid background in meteorology. It will first examine the meteorological, photochemical and biological processes that determine trace gas abundances and aerosol distributions from the surface to the stratosphere. Special emphasis will be given to the relation of chemical lifetime and atmospheric distribution as well as the time scales of the underlying transport processes. In addition, it will address biogeochemical cycles of elements with key role on oxidation capacity of the atmosphere such as nitrogen (N) and sulfur (S) as well as key atmospheric compounds such as volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and ozone (O3). Finally the impact of trace gas and aerosols distributions on human health and earth’s climate will be examined..

Learning Outcomes

Foresee fate and lifetime of chemical species in the atmosphere;

To understand and explain the role of various atmospheric processes on pollutants distribution in the atmosphere;

To understand the links between the atmosphere and biosphere;

To evaluate the potential impact of the key atmospheric pollutants on earth's climate.

Prerequisites

None

Background Requirements

None

Course Content

Structure and composition of Atmosphere II

Radiative budget (RB) of the atmosphere

Atmospheric biology I

Atmospheric biology II

Nitrogen cycle in the atmosphere

Sulfur cycle in the atmosphere

Atmospheric Trace Constituents

Challenges and perspectives in Atmospheric Chemistry

Photochemistry and air-pollutant lifetime

Chemical Kinetics - Atmospheric reactions part I

Chemical Kinetics - Atmospheric reactions part II

Multiphase chemistry

Tropospheric ozone and Stratospheric ozone

Atmospheric Chemistry of Volatile Organic Compounds - part I

Atmospheric Chemistry of Volatile Organic Compounds - part II

Special Lecture 14 Atmospheric Chemistry and Climate

Teaching Methodology

Lectures. Seminars. Case studies. Short Projects.

Bibliography

Seinfeld JH, Pandis SN. Atmospheric chemistry and physics: from air pollution to climate change: John Wiley & Sons, 2012.

Finlayson-Pitts BJ, Pitts Jr JN. Chemistry of the upper and lower atmosphere: theory experiments, and applications: Academic press, 1999.

Assessment

Written examination and short projects

Language

English