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PC431 – Air: Atmospheric Physics and Chemistry

An upper-level investigation of the azure, introducing students to atmospheric circulation, radiation transfer, thermodynamics and radiation balance.

Instructor(s)

Professor Barbara Whitten email

The course introduces students to atmospheric circulation, radiation transfer, thermodynamics and radiation balance as they determine the vertical structure of the atmosphere and regulate the surface temperature. Kinetics, modeling, and reaction systems as they relate to air pollution and ozone chemistry in the stratosphere and troposphere. As an upper level class with several perquisites, Environmental Science majors will apply the skills and lessons they learned in their introductory courses to design a laboratory/field project related to local air pollution. This class meets the Scientific Investigation of the Natural World requirement.

Co-taught by atmospheric chemist, Mari Lee.

Prerequisite: EV 212 or CH 108 and PC 241 or PC 251

Also listed as: EV431