The course is aimed for students from any field of science, background in atmospheric science is not required.
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.
The course covers introduction to air quality topics:
- Solving air pollution problems
- Air pollution sources and their modeling
Meteorology and transport – atmosphere, energy, flows, weather and modeling
- Chemical and physical life cycle of air pollutants - oxidation and aerosol processes
- Air quality in the cities
- Indoor air quality
- Health effects of air quality
- Monitoring of air quality
- Remote sensing of air quality
- Air quality, ecosystems and society
Video lectures and other online material
Video lectures, weekly exercises, project work in small groups, learning summary. Course is based on online evaluation, teacher (part of weekly exercises, learning summary and project report) as well as self and peer evaluation (part of weekly exercises, project work) and evaluated on a scale of 0 - 5 (fail - excellent) grade.
The course includes weekly course meeting and compulsory video lectures and weekly exercises in https://mooc.helsinki.fi/ platform (3 ECTS) as well as group project work (2 ECTS).