MT2ACT-Atmospheric Chemistry and Transport

Module Provider: Meteorology
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Pre-requisites: PH103 Global Environmental Chemistry
Non-modular pre-requisites: Global Environmental Chemistry or other modules with chemistry focus
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Prof Bill Collins


Summary module description:
This module builds on the first year Global Environmental Chemistry developing the concepts of chemical and physical processing of atmospheric pollutants and their transport in the atmosphere from local to global scales.

To help the student attain an understanding of the processing and transport of gaseous and aerosol pollutants, and the consequences for their distributions on local and global scales. The processes discussed include photochemistry, anthropogenic and biogenic emissions, wet and dry deposition. The transport mechanisms involve diffusion, boundary layer mixing, convection and global circulation.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of this module, the student should be able to:
•Explain the chemical and physical processing of atmospheric pollutants.
•Utilise rate equations to determine how composition changes.
•Demonstrate understanding of the transport mechanisms affecting the distribution of chemicals and aerosols in the atmosphere.
•Describe how clouds interact with chemicals and aerosols.

Additional outcomes:

Outline content:
Transport mechanisms: from local to global scales within the boundary layer, free troposphere and stratosphere.
Emissions, deposition and mixing of chemicals and aerosols
Fast chemistry: radicals and photostationary states
Slow chemistry: tracers and chemical modes
Anthropogenic and biogenic emissions
Chemistry in warm clouds and polar stratospheric clouds
Impact of aerosol on clouds

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The course material will be taught based on two lectures per week. A number of problem sheets, with opportunity for discussion during classes, will help students to test their understanding of the course material and prepare them for the final exam.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Guided independent study 80
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 70
Written assignment including essay 15
Set exercise 15

Other information on summative assessment:
In addition to the exam, there will be a mid-term problem sheet and computing coursework.

Formative assessment methods:
Unassessed problem sheets for each section of material.

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:

    Requirements for a pass:

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Resit exam the following summer.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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