Compact Course Atmospheric Chemistry and Dynamics

A one-week compact course in Atmospheric Chemistry and Dynamics (ACaD) will take place at the Institute of Energy and Climate Research at the Forschungszentrum Jülich from September 16th to September 20th, 2024. This collaborative course is jointly offered by the University of Cologne and the University of Wuppertal and is open only to full-time attendees (no online course will be offered this year).

The atmosphere plays a crucial role in the biosphere, and atmospheric science has been the subject of scientific research for many years. Advances in atmospheric chemistry, in particular, have gained significant attention in recent decades. Chemical reactions of trace gases in the Earth's atmosphere are crucial for ensuring a sustainable and resilient life on our planet. These reactions transform emitted organic and inorganic compounds into water-soluble compounds, which can then be removed from the atmosphere through wet or dry deposition.

Human activities, especially those that began during the industrial revolution, have led to a substantial increase in emissions and have degraded the natural chemical state of the atmosphere. Examples of this degradation include summer smog and the polar ozone hole. The signs of anthropogenic climate change are undeniable.

The objective of this course is to provide a comprehensive introduction to the basics of atmospheric chemistry and dynamics. The course is designed to enable students to understand the chemical and dynamical processes that control the state of the atmosphere. The course covers a range of topics, from large-scale dynamics such as the Brewer-Dobson circulation to small-scale chemical processes as those resolved in the Jülich simulation chamber (SAPHIR). The course will be a combination of lecture-oriented activities, hands-on experiments, and tours through the laboratory facilities.


Lecture Programm


Secretariat IEK-7:

Dr. Paul Konopka:

phone: +49 2461/61-6065

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Last Modified: 05.04.2024