Undergraduate Course: Earth's Atmospheric Composition (EASC10102)
|School||School of Geosciences
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||The chemical composition of the atmosphere is important for understanding Earth's climate. We will explore the chemical composition of the atmosphere, with an emphasis on the troposphere that includes the air in which we live and breathe, and the surface processes and atmospheric chemistry and transport that determine its variability. We will cover the fundamentals of atmospheric chemistry (kinetics, photolysis, spectroscopy) so there is no chemistry pre-requisite to this course. The course, as described below, is focused on delivering content using online material, in-class interaction, problem sets and additional reading.
Introduction; atmospheric properties; chemical kinetics
Tropospheric chemistry 1; Electromagnetic spectrum; hydroxyl radical; oxidation of methane and carbon monoxide; and cycling of hydrogen oxides.
Tropospheric chemistry 2; Nitrogen oxides; tropospheric ozone; ozone formation and control strategies
Tropospheric chemistry 3; surface emission and deposition processes
Tropospheric chemistry 4; aerosols
Atmospheric chemistry and transport; inverse methods
Global carbon cycle; CH4 and N2O biogeochemical cycles; isotopes
Chemistry-climate interactions; air quality
Reserved for completing research essay
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Students will have passed EMP2 or equivalent mathematical course.
|High Demand Course?
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Understand the composition of Earth's atmosphere
- Understand the role of atmospheric transport and chemistry, and surface processes, on observed atmospheric composition
- Appreciate how computer models are formulated and applied to further scientific understanding
- Be able to interpret and question quantitatively information reported in the scientific literature
- Be able to digest and reduce information in the scientific literature and write a succinct report
|Introduction to Atmospheric Chemistry Jacob (Recommended)|
The Atmosphere: A Very Short Introduction, Palmer, Oxford University Press (Recommended as a short, accessible overview)
Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, Seinfeld and Pandis (A secondary in-depth resource)
|Course organiser||Prof Paul Palmer
Tel: (0131 6)50 7724
|Course secretary||Ms Katerina Sykioti
Tel: (0131 6)51 5251