Geographical Sciences 402: Air Pollution Meteorology
Winter 2017 Syllabus

Instructor: Dr. Ian G. McKendry
(Geog 250)
Phone: (604)-822-4929
Email: ian@geog.ubc.ca
Office hours:  TBA
Lectures: MWF 10-11am

Course Overview: see class handout - below is still under construction

Week
Date start of week
Topic
Reading
Assignments
Guests
1
Jan 2
Introduction, Overview, History of
Air Pollution, Sources/scales etc
Bates & Caton
Oke
Assignment 1: LFV Data
(units, variations, etc) - Due Feb 8

2
Jan 9
 Health impacts
Preparing for assignment (Excel and R tricks)
Bates & Caton
Oke


3
Jan 16
Boundary Layer Processes/Dispersion
McKendry, Stull


4
Jan 23
Mesoscale Processes and Complex
terrain

McKendry, Stull


5
Jan 30
Synoptic Meteorology

McKendry Assignment 2: Hysplit trajectories-
hypothetical release Due March 8

6
Feb 6
Hemispheric scale transport
Forest Fire - transport and climate change
McKendry
Quiz 1: Feb 15

7
Feb 13
Monday 13 Feb Family Day - University Closed
Quiz 1: Feb 15
McKendry


8
Feb 20
MIDTERM BREAK McKendry/Fisher/
Godfrey
Assignment 3: Screen 3
Due Mar 27

9 Feb 27
Gaussian Plume Modelling
McKendry/Fisher/
Godfrey


10
Mar 6 Airshed Modelling
Measurement Techniques and Networks

Boubel (Ch28-31)
Project - Sumas - set groups


11
Mar 13
Particulate Matter - Properties+ research
 
My notes Website
Project Symposium


12
March 20
Indoor air Pollution




13
14
Mar 27

April 3
Quiz 2: March 31

SYMPOSIUM - April 3 and 5

Quiz 2: March 31


Course Evaluation:

Evaluation
Percent
Two Term Quizzes
35  (17.5 each)
Assignments
45 (15% x 3)
Final term Project
20


Total
100%

Text Books:

Air pollution Meteorology texts are reasonably expensive and any one text doesn't really capture the flavour I would like to bring to this course.  I therefore propose to provide materials online and on reserve in the Geographic Information Centre (GIC).

        1. Basic texts  on reserve will be:

           a.  Boubel, R.W., Fox, D.L., Bruce Turner, D. and Stern, A.C., 1994.  Fundamentals of air pollution.  Academic Press.
           b.  Pal Arya, S., 1999.  Air pollution meterology and dispersion.  Oxford University Press. (in main library)
           c.  Stull (Chapter )
           d.  Oke Boundary Layer Climates (Chapter )
           e.  Bates and Caton (eds): A Citizens Guide to Air Pollution

        2. You may also find these other texts useful as optional supplementary reading:
         
           a.  Dobbins, R.A., 1979.  Atmospheric motion and air pollution.  Environmental science and technology.  John Wiley & Sons.
           b.  Elsom, D., 1987.  Atmospheric pollution.
           c.  Lyons,  T. and Scott, B.,  1990.  Principles of air pollution meteorology.  CRC Press.
           d.  Turco, R.P., 1997.  Earth under siege: from air pollution to global change.  Oxford University Press.
           e.  Seinfeld, J.H., 1986.  Atmospheric chemistry and physics of air pollution.  John Wiley & Sons.

        3. Journal literature:  there is rich journal literature dealing with the air quality of the Lower Fraser Valley as well as other topics (e.g. long range transport).  I have provided two extended bibliographies on these topics and encourage you to delve into this literature. 

         Lower Fraser Valley
         Long Range Transport



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