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Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics

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Photograph: Inna Nybom

Course period spring 2022: Thursday 17 February - Monday 21 March

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.


    Cheating and plagiarism

    Cheating of every kind is wholly unacceptable and Stockholm University takes this matter extremely seriously.

    By cheating is meant, for example, that students cooperate in an unauthorized way, use unauthorized resources or otherwise try to cheat in the examination. To use another person’s expressions or ideas without stating the source is plagiarism. To translate and/or change some words in someone else’s text and present it as your own is also a form of plagiarism. Plagiarism is considered cheating and if discovered in an exam or paper, the exam or paper will be failed immediately and disciplinary measures may be taken.

    Any student who is caught cheating or disrupting academic activities may be suspended from lectures and exams for a period of up to six months. The Vice Chancellor or the Disciplinary Council decide whether the student is to be subject to any disciplinary measures.

    Read more about the rules and regulations here:
    Guidelines for Disciplinary Matters at Stockholm University
    Your rights and responsibilities as a student
    Regulations for written seated examination


    Claudia Mohr

  • 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 2022: Thursday 17 February - Monday 21 March

  • Course literature

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

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

  • Course reports

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