Course Description

Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences 2: Air Pollution, A&O SCI 2

Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Causes and effects of high concentrations of pollution in atmosphere. Topics include nature and sources of gaseous and particulate pollutants, their transport, dispersion, modification, and removal, with emphasis on atmospheric processes on scales ranging from individual sources to global effects; interaction with biosphere and oceans; stratospheric pollution. P/NP or letter grading.

Key Information

Credit: 4 quarter units / 2.67 semester units credit
UC Los Angeles, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences

Course Credit:

Upon successful completion, all online courses offered through cross-enrollment provide UC unit credit. Some courses are approved for GE, major preparation and/or, major credit or can be used as a substitute for a course at your campus.

If "unit credit" is listed by your campus, consult your department, academic adviser or Student Affairs division to inquire about the petition process for more than unit credit for the course.

UC Berkeley:
Unit Credit

UC Davis:
Course Equivalence: UCD ATM 006

UC Irvine:
General Education: II - Science and Technology

UC Los Angeles:
General Education: Science, Physical Science

UC Merced:
General Education: ** See Equivalency Notes **
Course Equivalence: AOS 2&2L together = UCM ESS 040 or SSHA Natural Science GE without lab, if combined (see your advisor)

UC Riverside:
General Education: Elective units (UCRVELEC)

UC San Diego:
General Education: Warren - May be counted depending on major/PofC/AS;
Sixth - Analytic Methodologies;
TMC 1 course toward Physics or lower-division disciplinary breadth if noncontiguous to major;  
ERC natural science;
Revelle Natural Science;

UC Santa Barbara:
General Education: Possible Area C, Quantitative after petition

UC Santa Cruz:
General Education: PE-E

Course Fees

None

More About The Course

This course offers an introduction to the causes, scientific principles, and political and societal consequences of some of today’s most pressing environmental problems. Air Pollution phenomena such as the ozone hole, urban smog, climate change, etc., have in common that natural atmospheric processes have been severely disturbed by human activities. The goal of this course is to introduce the scientific concepts needed to understand the behavior of the natural and disturbed atmosphere. Students will gain a thorough understanding of the physics, meteorology, and chemistry of the atmosphere. In addition the biological and societal processes impacting the atmosphere and the environmental and health consequences of air pollution will be introduced. Scientific concepts will be taught through short online lectures followed by interactive activities, such as video recordings of experiments, online simulations, simple calculations, and analysis of atmospheric observations, with an emphasis on the understanding of the science of air pollution.

Course Creators

Jochen Stutz
Jochen Stutz earned his Ph.D. at University of Heidelberg.  His specialty is in Atmospheric Chemistry Experimental Field Studies Instrument Development. Jochen Stutz earned his Ph.D. at University of Heidelberg.  His specialty is in Atmospheric Chemistry Experimental Field Studies Instrument Development .
J.K. Lew
Jeffrey Lew earned his Ph.D. in Cloud and Precipitation Microphysics from the UCLA Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences in 1985 and subsequently spent two and a half years at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, studying snow growth processes. In 1988, Dr. Lew returned to UCLA and has been teaching courses in meteorology and air pollution ever since. In the early 1990s, Dr. Lew was a member of the first group of instructors at UCLA to use business presentation software to deliver classroom lectures and to create computer visualizations of physical and chemical processes for classroom demonstrations. Jeffrey Lew earned his Ph.D. in Cloud and Precipitation Microphysics from the UCLA Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences in 1985 and subsequently spent two and a half years at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, studying snow growth processes. In 1988, Dr. Lew returned to UCLA and has been teaching courses in meteorology and air pollution ever since. In the early 1990s, ...

Jeffrey Lew earned his Ph.D. in Cloud and Precipitation Microphysics from the UCLA Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences in 1985 and subsequently spent two and a half years at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, studying snow growth processes. In 1988, Dr. Lew returned to UCLA and has been teaching courses in meteorology and air pollution ever since. In the early 1990s, Dr. Lew was a member of the first group of instructors at UCLA to use business presentation software to deliver classroom lectures and to create computer visualizations of physical and chemical processes for classroom demonstrations.

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