ESPM 3425: Atmospheric Composition

Term(s) offered: 
Course credits: 
Grading basis: 
A-F only

CHEM 1021, CHEM 1022, PHYS 1011, MATH 1142, MATH 1271, MATH 1281 or equiv or instructor consent ; ESPM 1425 recommended


Credit will not be granted if credit has been received for: GEO 3425


What is the composition of the atmosphere, and why is it changing? In this class we'll examine the processes governing the makeup of Earth's atmosphere and their implications for air pollution, climate, and human welfare. Evolution of the atmosphere; atmospheric structure and transport; biogeochemical cycles of carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, mercury; the greenhouse effect; aerosols; stratospheric ozone loss; oxidizing power of the atmosphere; smog. The movie below shows the 2009 ozone hole over Antarctica [credit: NASA]

Course work load: 
Weekly homework sets, 1 midterm, 1 term paper, 1 final exam.

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