Aerosols, Clouds and Climate, 15 credits

About the course

This course focuses on the sources, sinks, and transformations of both natural and man-made aerosol particles, their interaction with clouds, and in turn their interaction with radiation in the atmosphere. The course will also teach you about basic structure and functions of the atmosphere, including its exchange with the earth surface, and the general circulation of the atmosphere. Furthermore, you will learn about atmospheric models, from the local scale up to the large global climate models.

Another key part of the course is to understand the interaction between radiation and aerosols and clouds. Aerosols in the cloud-free atmosphere directly scatter solar radiation back to the space. An increased number of man-made aerosols means increased scattering of solar radiation while also that more cloud droplets will be formed by cloud nuclei particles, which in turn increases the cloud albedo (reflection). There are also more complex indirect effects of man-made aerosols on the cloud properties, precipitation and cloud lifetime.

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