102-0377-00L  Air Pollution Modeling and Chemistry

SemesterAutumn Semester 2023
LecturersS. Henne, S. Reimann Bhend, J. Tang
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish


102-0377-00 GAir Pollution Modeling and Chemistry2 hrs
Thu08:00-09:35HIL E 6 »
S. Henne, S. Reimann Bhend, J. Tang

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AbstractAir pollutants cause negative effects on humans, wildlife and buildings. To control and reduce the impact of air pollutants, their transfer from sources to receptors needs to be known. This transfer includes transport within the atmospheric boundary layer, chemical transformation reactions and phase-transfer processes from gases to particles.
ObjectiveThe students understand the fundamental principles of atmospheric transport, dispersion and chemistry of pollutants on the local to regional scale and their transfer gas to particle phases (secondary aerosols). This includes the knowledge of important atmospheric reactions, sources and sinks. The obtained understanding enables the students to apply computational tools to predict the transport and transformation of chemicals at the local to regional scale.
Content- Structure of the Atmosphere
- Thermodynamics of the atmosphere
- Atmospheric stability
- Atmospheric boundary layer and turbulence
- Dispersion in the atmospheric boundary layer
- Numerical models of atmospheric dispersion
- Gas phase reaction kinetics
- Tropospheric chemistry and ozone formation
- Chemistry box models
- Volatile organic pollutants (VOCs) and semi-volatile organic pollutants (SVOCs)
- Aerosol modelling
- Air pollution source apportionment
- Inverse modelling of emissions
Lecture notesContinued updates of:
-Slides and handouts
-Home assignments and sample solutions
-R package and code for some of the home assignments
-MATLAB codes
-Key journal articles as discussed during lecture
LiteratureAtmospheric chemistry
Jacobson, M.Z., 2012. Air Pollution and Global Warming: History, Science and Solutions, 405 pp., Cambridge University Press.
Finlayson-Pitts, B. J. and Pitts, J. N., 2000. Chemistry of the upper and lower atmosphere, 969 pp., Academic Press, San Diego.
Seinfeld, J. H. and Pandis, S. N., 2012. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics: From Air Pollution to Climate Change, 3 ed., 1203 pp., Wiley.
Sportisse Bruno, 2010. Fundamentals in Air Pollution From Processes to Modelling.
R M Harrison, R E Hester, Xavier Querol, 2016. Airborne Particulate Matter: Sources, Atmospheric Processes and Health.

Environmental organic chemistry and mass transfer
Schwarzenbach, R.P., Gschwend, P. M., Imboden, D. M., 2002. Environmental Organic Chemistry, 1328 pp, Wiley & sons, New York
Mackay D., Multimedia environmental models : the fugacity approach; Boca Raton, Fla. : Lewis Publishers; 2001; 2nd ed

Atmospheric dynamics and boundary layer
Stull, R. B., 1988. An Introduction to Boundary Layer Meteorology, 666 pp., Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht.
Etling, D., 2008. Theoretische Meteorologie Eine Einfuhrung, 3 ed., 376 pp., Springer.

Atmospheric modelling
Jacobson, M. Z., 2005. Fundamentals of atmospheric modeling, 2 ed., 813 pp., Cambridge University Press.

Introduction to R
Dalgaard, P., 2002. Introductory statistics with R, 267 pp., Springer, New York
Prerequisites / Noticestrongly recommended: 102-0635-01L Luftreinhaltung (Air Pollution Control) or similar

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits3 credits
ExaminersS. Henne, S. Reimann Bhend, J. Tang
Typesession examination
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionThe performance assessment is offered every session. Repetition possible without re-enrolling for the course unit.
Mode of examinationwritten 120 minutes
Additional information on mode of examinationThe written exam consists of two parts: "closed-book" and "open-book".
The "closed-book" part covers the general concepts of the lecture. In the "open-book" part, the students have to solve more complicated questions with the help of the lecture material.
Both parts will count equally for the final grade.
Written aids"Closed-book": none
"Open-book": lecture notes, homework solutions, books and a calculator (communication-disabled)
This information can be updated until the beginning of the semester; information on the examination timetable is binding.

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