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Becky Alexander Suess
ATM S 212
Seattle Campus

Air Pollution: From Urban Smog to the Ozone Hole

Introduction to air pollution on local, regional, and global scales, with focus on the sources, transformation, and dispersion of pollutants responsible for urban smog, acid rain, climate change, and the ozone hole. Health and environmental effects of air pollutants, technological solutions, and international policy regulations.

Class description

This course is an introduction to air pollution on local, regional, and global scales. We will focus on the sources, transformation, and dispersion of pollutants responsible for urban smog, acid rain, climate change and the stratospheric ozone hole. We will examine the health and environmental effects of air pollutants, as well as current (or potential) technological solutions and policy regulations.

Student learning goals

Understand how emissions, transport, chemistry and deposition impact air pollution.

Explain the chemical and physical mechanisms behind ozone depletion, air pollution and acid rain.

Develop skills to critically evaluate discussions of air pollution and climate change based on scientific evidence and organized knowledge.

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

The course is intended for non-science, liberal arts majors and fulfills 5 credits of the Natural World (NW) distribution requirement. The course is also designated as a "W" course. There are no prerequisite for this class.

Class assignments and grading

Exams (4) 60% Class participation 15% Papers 15% Poster presentation 10%


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Becky Alexander Suess
Date: 12/14/2011