GEO9904 – Atmospheric Chemistry
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
Changes in the course due to coronavirus
Autumn 2020 and Spring 2021 the exams of most courses at the MN Faculty will be conducted as digital home exams or oral exams, using the normal grading scale. The semester page for your course will be updated with any changes in the form of examination.
Please note that there may be changes in the form of examination for some courses taught Spring 2021. We aim to bring both the course description and the semester page of all courses up to date with correct information by 1 February 2021.
The course deals with the basic processes that govern the composition of chemically active species in the atmosphere (gases and aerosols). This is crucial in understanding trends in short-lived greenhouse gases, aerosols, ozone depletion in the stratosphere, acidification and regional air pollution. The course gives an introduction to modelling of atmospheric chemistry in e.g. Earth System Models.
After taking this course, you will have obtained basic knowledge of
- the photochemical processes that determine the oxidation capacity of the atmosphere
- formation and loss of ozone in the stratosphere
- chemical kinetics of gases
- the impact of natural and anthropogenic emissions on concentrations of short-lived climate forcers
- the formation of secondary aerosols
- simple numerical models for atmospheric chemistry
In addition, you have gotten experience in presenting a scientific paper to your fellow students.
Admission to the course
PhD candidates from the University of Oslo should apply for classes and register for examinations through Studentweb.
If a course has limited intake capacity, priority will be given to PhD candidates who follow an individual education plan where this particular course is included. Some national researchers’ schools may have specific rules for ranking applicants for courses with limited intake capacity.
PhD candidates who have been admitted to another higher education institution must apply for a position as a visiting student within a given deadline.
Recommended previous knowledge
- 5 credits overlap with GEO4904 – Atmospheric Chemistry.
- 5 credits overlap with GEF2210 – Regional and global air pollution (discontinued).
2 hours of lectures and up to 2 hours of exercises per week. 2 mandatory assignments, which must be approved prior to the final exam. PhD candidates are in addition required to give a seminar on a selected scientific paper.
Attendance at the first lecture is compulsory. Students who fail to meet are considered to have withdrawn from the course unless they have previously given notice to the Student administration (firstname.lastname@example.org).
We reserve the right to change the teaching form and examination of the course in semesters where 5 or fewer students have been admitted.
- 2 mandatory assignments and the lectured seminar on a scientific paper must be approved in order to sit the final examination.
- The final oral exam counts 100% towards the final grade.
It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.
It will also be counted as 1 of the 3 attempts to sit the exam for this course if you sit the exam for the following course:
Examination support material
No examination support material is allowed.
Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.
Resit an examination
Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester.
Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass the original examination.