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Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics

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Photograph: Inna Nybom

This course provides an introduction into the basic chemical and physical processes taking place in the atmosphere (prerequisite for courses “Aerosols, Clouds, and Climate”, and “Air Quality”), and how they are measured and investigated (theoretically, practical work is part of the courses “Environmental field work” and “Laboratory Methods in Environmental Science”).

  • Course structure

    ● Introduction in the atmosphere
    ● Atmospheric trace constituents
    ● Chemistry of the troposphere
    ● Aerosols
    ● Radiative effects of aerosols and gases
    ● Global cycles
    ● Cloud physics
    ● Wet and dry deposition
    ● Introduction into climate data and visualization (General circulation, transport models, and statistical models)

    Teaching format

    Teaching consists of lectures, seminars, and exercises. Seminars and exercises are mandatory. The course is offered in English.

    Syllabus in English

    Syllabus_MI7022 (231 Kb)


    The course is examined as follows: Assessment takes place through written reports, oral presentations and a final exam as well as particiaption in seminars and exercises. The examination will be conducted in English.


    Your rights and responsibilities:
    Your rights and responsibilities as a student


    Sarah Steimer,


  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.

    Course period spring term, period 1 part B: for correct dates see

  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.

    Atmospheric Science, Second Edition: An Introductory Survey” by Wallace & Hobbs


    Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics by Seinfeld and Pandis, Wiley Chemistry of the upper and lower atmosphere by Finlayson-Pitts, Academic Press

  • Course reports

  • Contact

    Sarah Steimer,