Finland, Helsinki

Introduction to Modern Atmospheric Science I – Look on air quality in China

when 8 August 2017 - 18 August 2017
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 5 ECTS
fee EUR 880

What is good air quality and what determines the quality of the air that we breathe? This course on modern atmospheric science examines the key themes and processes affecting air quality from the vantage point of physics, chemistry, meteorology and policy-making. The course has a particular focus on China, where the megacities are facing new kinds of air quality problems. We will reflect both on local factors and on the history of air quality in Europe and the United States.
The course starts with an excursion to worlds’ leading atmospheric measurement site in Hyytiälä Forestry Field Station 9.-11.8..

Course leader

Taina Ruuskanen

Target group

The course is aimed for students with a bachelor’s degree from any field of natural science. No background in atmospheric science is required. It is recommended that the students have basic knowledge of thermophysics on the level of Basics of thermophysics (University of Helsinki code 530286).

Course aim

Students are introduced to current research in atmospheric science with a focus on air quality and a view on the current situation in rapidly developing China. After the course the students will be able to define emissions using given emission and vehicle classes, connect the influence of weather fronts to air quality and predict if the forecast weather will lead to an improvement or decline in it. The students will be able to calculate global energy balance, use basic online remote sensing tools and tell how air quality index values are defined from measurements. The students will also learn how policy and other societal tools have been used and will learn to search for atmospheric information.

Fee info

EUR 880: Degree and PhD students. Includes the regular course fee (690 EUR) and special course fee with travel expenses to Hyytiälä Forestry Field Station, accommodation at Hyytiälä and meals during the excursion (190 EUR).
EUR 1180: Professionals. Includes the regular course fee (990 EUR) and special course fee with travel expenses to Hyytiälä Forestry Field Station, accommodation at Hyytiälä and meals during the excursion (190 EUR).

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