Air Pollution and Climate Change

Course Description: 

The aim of this course is to develop a foundational understanding of atmospheric science, including the nature of air pollution problems on local, regional, continental, and global scales, and the development of air quality regulation. Emphasis will be placed on the fundamental chemical and physical processes operative in the atmosphere, the influence of human activities, and the processes by which air quality regulations and policies are developed. An introduction to air pollution modelling will be made, with the description of major existing types of models and existing policy frameworks based on modelling. Introduction to paleo-climatology will be made with the emphasis on methods of study of past climates. Students will have group assignment based on real data of air pollution in Budapest and report their findings.

Learning Outcomes: 

Understand key concepts and institutional structures of atmospheric science and regulation

Understand basics of modelling used for air pollution assessments and policy-making

Understand how lacustrine  sediments can be used to trace atmospheric  processes

Being able to work with primary air pollution statistics, prepare group report

Assessment: 

Evaluation of written assignment

Prerequisites: 

Courses of "introduction to environmental science" module in Fall Semester