814101 Atmospheric pollution and climate change

Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Mayer, Monika , Lehner, Bruno , Kuchar, Ales , Arsenovic, Pavle , Rieder, Harald
Offered in
Sommersemester 2024
Languages of instruction


This course covers the fundamentals of atmospheric composition and chemsitry and their role in atmospheric and climate science. It explores the formation and evolution of Earth's atmosphere and human influence on atmospheric composition. The lecture bridges acccross the important environmental problems of air pollution, stratospheric ozone depletion and climate change and reviews anthropogenic contribution(s) to each of these issues. The basic chemical reaction mechanismns driving chemistry in the stratosphere and troposphere are explored, as is the influence of ambient meteorology on chemical processes and boundary layer air pollution. Chemistry-Climate connections stand at the centre of the course including e.g. the role trace gases for atmospheric composition and radiative forcing, aersol formation and aerosol-cloud interaction, pollutant transport, physico-chemical feedbacks in the climate system and diverse strategies emerging in the discussion about geoengineering.

Previous knowledge expected

fundamentals of physcis and chemistry are useful

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

After completing this course students will
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