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ATM307 Atmospheric and aerosol chemistry, 5 cr 
Code ATM307  Validity 01.01.2017 -
Name Atmospheric and aerosol chemistry  Abbreviation Atmospheric and 
Scope5 cr   
TypeAdvanced studies
  GradingGeneral scale 
    Can be taken more than onceno
Unit Master's Programme in Atmospheric Sciences 

Target group 

Master’s Programme in Atmospheric Sciences is responsible for the course.

Module where the course belongs to:

  • ATM300 Advanced Studies in Atmospheric Sciences
    Optional for:
    1. Study Track in Aerosol Physics
    2. Study Track in Atmospheric Chemistry and Analysis

The course is available to students from other degree programmes.


The course will be lectured in the III period every other year (even years).

Learning outcomes 
  • Central theories and concepts related to atmospheric chemistry
  • Skills necessary for critical thought and argumentation in atmospheric chemistry and related topics
Completion methods 

Written examination in the end of the course and one oral presentation by each student in the exercise lectures.


This course requires students to participate beforehand the course 'Basics of atmospheric chemistry' if they have not attended other similar lectures during the last years.

 ATM306 Basics of atmospheric chemistry


The course covers the following topics:

  • Atmospheric transport
  • Geochemical cycles of nitrogen, oxygen, carbon and sulphate
  • Oxidising power of the troposphere
  • Chemistry of atmospheric aerosols
  • Chemistry of the Stratosphere
  • Chemical modelling in different dimensions (advantages and disadvantages)
  • Greenhouse effect
  • Climate change
  • Geoengineering
Study materials and literature 

Will be announced in the first lecture - all lecture presentations will be available for the students

Activities and teaching methods in support of learning 

Weekly lectures and exercises. In the exercise session all students have to provide a seminar talk on a related topic provided by the lecturer.

Assessment practices and criteria 

The final grade will be achieved by an written exam.


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