This course is discontinued

GEF2210 – Regional and global air pollution

Schedule, syllabus and examination date

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Course content

The chemical composition of the atmosphere, and changes in composition due to emissions of pollution: Process studies and modeling of atmospheric changes. Simple mathematical models are used to illustrate interactions between different processes.

  • Physical and chemical processes in the atmosphere
  • Sources of chemical compounds
  • Global biogeochemical cycles
  • Tropospheric chemistry: Global and regional pollution, acid rain, global scale changes
  • Stratospheric chemistry and ozone depletion Greenhouse gases and climate changes

Learning outcome

To provide an understanding of how humans influence the composition of key environmental components in the atmosphere, and how changes are computed. To provide an experience in oral and written presentations.


Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

In addition to fulfilling the Higher Education Entrance Qualification, applicants have to meet the following special admission requirements:

  • Mathematics R1 (or Mathematics S1 and S2) + R2

And in addition one of these:

  • Physics (1+2)
  • Chemistry (1+2)
  • Biology (1+2)
  • Information technology (1+2)
  • Geosciences (1+2)
  • Technology and theories of research (1+2)

The special admission requirements may also be covered by equivalent studies from Norwegian upper secondary school or by other equivalent studies (in Norwegian).

The following courses must be taken earlier than the first mandatory field trip/excursion in GEF2210:

For students who completed GEF2210 between autumn 2014 and spring 2015 – you cannot have GEF2210 included in a degree before following HSE courses are passed:

For further information se website for transitional arrangements between old and new HSE courses.

Recommended previous knowledge

Overlapping courses

6 ECTS credits overlap with the previous GF 327, and 3 ECTS credits overlap with the previous GF 328.


Lectures, 2 hours per week. Colloquia/exercises, 2 hours per week (compulsory). 1 obligatory written exignments (simple atmospheric chemistry box model) which must be approved before you can sit for the final exam. Obligatory excursion 3 days.

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 Study administration, email address:


To attend mandatory field trips/excursions it is required that the following courses must be taken earlier than the first compulsory field trips/excursions in GEF2210:

You will need to provide documentation that you have passed HMS0504 when you attend the first mandatory field trip/excursion.

General information about excursions at the Dept. of Geosciences.

As the teaching involves laboratory and/or field work, you should consider taking out a separate travel and personal risk insurance. Read about your insurance cover as a student.


A written midterm exam which counts ca 1/3 in the final grade. A final written exam (3 hours) which counts ca 2/3 in the final grade.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

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.

Withdrawal from an examination

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.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

Facts about this course






Autumn 2018

The course will be taught for the last time autumn 2018.


Autumn 2020

Autumn 2019

Autumn 2018

An examination in the course is offered (given passed tuition), last time autumn 2020.

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