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Atmospheric Processes (6 points)


Leader: Mrs Barbara Panther and Associate Professor Martin Hooper

Gippsland First semester 2003 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2003 (OCL)
Malaysia Second semester 2003 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2004 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2004 (OCL)
Malaysia First semester 2004 (Day)

Synopsis: This subject emphasises the function of the atmosphere as a major environmental system and extends the student's knowledge of the basic chemical and physical processes. The structure of the atmosphere, the mass/energy balances, the predominant atmospheric species, relevant biogeochemical cycles, photochemical reactions and environmental chemical models are studied. This provides students with the background to understand current issues such as atmospheric pollution, the enhanced greenhouse effect and stratospheric ozone depletion. Regional atmospheric issues are examined to explore the causes, effects and control of air particulate levels, urban smog and acid deposition.

Assessment: Fieldwork/practical reports and one assignment (3,000 words): 40% + Examination: 60%

Contact Hours: 3 hours of lectures and 3 hours of laboratory per week

Off-campus attendance requirements: OCL students undertake a 3-day residential school program

Prerequisites: ENV1616 or ENV1711 and 12 points of first year level chemistry

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