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ATM318 Aerosol measurement techniques, 5 cr 
Code ATM318  Validity 01.01.2017 -
Name Aerosol measurement techniques  Abbreviation Aerosol measure 
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

The course is available to students from other degree programmes.


The course will be lectured every year in the II period.

The recommended time for completion is after completing Aerosol physics I.

Learning outcomes 

The student will get basic information on the current techniques to measure atmospheric aerosol particles. Particular interest is placed on measurements of physical, chemical and optical properties, as well as aerosol hygroscopicity and volatility. The student learns the scientific basis of the instrument components.

Recommended optional studies 

ATM319 Measurements of atmospheric aerosols: aerosol physics, sampling and measurement techniques

ATM320 Mass spectrometry in atmospheric sciences and environmental analysis

  • Introduction to atmospheric aerosol measurements
  • total aerosol number concentration (Condensation Particle Counters)
  • aerosol size classification (Differential Mobility Analyzers)
  • laboratory generation of aerosols and instrument verification
  • measurements of aerosol hygroscopicity and volatility
  • measurements of atmospheric ions
  • aerosol optical properties
  • on-line and off-line aerosol chemical measurements
Study materials and literature 
  • Lecture notes

Supplementary reading material

Activities and teaching methods in support of learning 

Exercises, group work in laboratory, student presentation based on the laboratory work.

Assessment practices and criteria 

Final grade is based on exam and exercise points. 45% of total points are required to pass.


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Functions Name Type cr Teacher Schedule
Registration Aerosol measurement techniques  Examination  Tuukka Petäjä 
21.05.21fri 12.00-16.00
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