375:560 Air Pollution Measurement

Instructor: Gao
Terms Taught: Spring
Credits: 3

Course Description
This course will focus on the principles of air pollution and techniques of in situ measurements of pollutants in the ambient air.  Topics will include the sources of selected air pollutants and source identification tools, chemical transformation and removal processes of the pollutants, characteristics of particulate matter (PM), measurement techniques of concentrations, particle-size distributions, and deposition.  Regulations on air pollution and reduction techniques will be discussed.  Influence of pollution on the environments locally and globally will also be discussed through case studies. Lectures will be incorporated into extensive discusses and reviews of recent publications and lab/field visits.

Learning Objectives
• Understanding of fundamental concepts of air pollution
• being familiar with the operation principals and functions of selected air measuring instruments
• Be able to trace possible sources of air pollution
• Improved understanding of the current state of knowledge in air pollution and impacts

Prerequisite: Completion of one year of college chemistry, or at least one graduate-level course in one of these areas: atmospheric chemistry, environmental chemistry, geochemistry, environmental chemical science, or air resource management.