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General information:
Name:
Atmospheric Investigations
Course of study:
2015/2016
Code:
BGF-2-202-AG-s
Faculty of:
Geology, Geophysics and Environmental Protection
Study level:
Second-cycle studies
Specialty:
Applied Geophysics
Field of study:
Geophysics
Semester:
2
Profile of education:
Academic (A)
Lecture language:
English
Form and type of study:
Full-time studies
Course homepage:
 
Responsible teacher:
prof. dr hab. inż. Różański Kazimierz (rozanski@fis.agh.edu.pl)
Academic teachers:
dr inż. Nęcki Jarosław (necki@agh.edu.pl)
prof. dr hab. inż. Różański Kazimierz (rozanski@fis.agh.edu.pl)
Module summary

Description of learning outcomes for module
MLO code Student after module completion has the knowledge/ knows how to/is able to Connections with FLO Method of learning outcomes verification (form of completion)
Social competence
M_K001 Student potrafi konstruktywnie współpracować w zespole wykonującym ćwiczenia laboratoryjne i przygotowującym prezentacje GF2A_K02, GF2A_K03 Presentation
Skills
M_U001 Student potrafi przeprowadzić pomiary wybranych parametrów atmosfery z wykorzystaniem poznanych metod analitycznych GF2A_U08, GF2A_U01, GF2A_K03 Activity during classes,
Test,
Execution of laboratory classes
M_U002 Student potrafi skonstruować prosty model radiacyjny atmosfery planetarnej GF2A_U02, GF2A_U01 Execution of laboratory classes
M_U003 Student potrafi przygotować i wygłosić prezentację na zadany temat związany z tematyką wykładu GF2A_U16, GF2A_U18 Presentation
Knowledge
M_W001 Student posiada wiedzę o strukturze, składzie, funkcjonowaniu i roli współczesnej atmosfery w globalnym ekosystemie Ziemi GF2A_W02, GF2A_W04, GF2A_W01 Test
M_W002 Student rozumie podstawowe procesy i mechanizmy kontrolujące klimat na Ziemi w skali regionalnej i globalnej GF2A_W07, GF2A_W01, GF2A_W03 Test
M_W003 Student zna podstawy metodyczne i urządzenia wykorzystywane przy monitoringu składu atmosfery Ziemi GF2A_U08, GF2A_W06, GF2A_W10 Test,
Execution of laboratory classes
FLO matrix in relation to forms of classes
MLO code Student after module completion has the knowledge/ knows how to/is able to Form of classes
Lecture
Audit. classes
Lab. classes
Project classes
Conv. seminar
Seminar classes
Pract. classes
Zaj. terenowe
Zaj. warsztatowe
Others
E-learning
Social competence
M_K001 Student potrafi konstruktywnie współpracować w zespole wykonującym ćwiczenia laboratoryjne i przygotowującym prezentacje - - + - - + - - - - -
Skills
M_U001 Student potrafi przeprowadzić pomiary wybranych parametrów atmosfery z wykorzystaniem poznanych metod analitycznych - - + - - - - - - - -
M_U002 Student potrafi skonstruować prosty model radiacyjny atmosfery planetarnej - - + - - - - - - - -
M_U003 Student potrafi przygotować i wygłosić prezentację na zadany temat związany z tematyką wykładu - - - - - + - - - - -
Knowledge
M_W001 Student posiada wiedzę o strukturze, składzie, funkcjonowaniu i roli współczesnej atmosfery w globalnym ekosystemie Ziemi + - - - - + - - - - -
M_W002 Student rozumie podstawowe procesy i mechanizmy kontrolujące klimat na Ziemi w skali regionalnej i globalnej + - - - - + - - - - -
M_W003 Student zna podstawy metodyczne i urządzenia wykorzystywane przy monitoringu składu atmosfery Ziemi + - + - - + - - - - -
Module content
Lectures:

1. Origin and evolution of Earth’s atmosphere on geological timescales; evolution of
oxygen in Earth’s atmosphere; atmospheres of other planets of the Solar System (2h).
2. Composition, structure and basic parameters of contemporary Earth’s atmosphere;
static of the atmosphere; atmosphere as important component of the global
ecosystem (2h).
3. Dynamics of the Earth’s atmosphere; forces acting in the atmosphere; types of air
motion in the atmosphere; water in the atmosphere; formation of precipitation;
dynamic equilibrium in the atmosphere (3h).
4. Changes in the composition of Earth’s atmosphere on different time scales;
methods of reconstructing composition of Earth’s atmosphere in the past, based on
environmental archives; changes in the composition of Earth’s atmosphere resulting
from anthropogenic activities (3h).
5. Fundamentals of radiation physics; transport of radiation in the Earth’s atmosphere;
radiation budget of the earth-atmosphere system; role of aerosols in radiation budget;
physical mechanisms of greenhouse effect; natural and anthropogenic greenhouse
effect (3h).
6. Fundamentals of transport processes in the Earth’s atmosphere (2h)
7. Global and regional climate changes; modelling of climate changes (4h) .
8. Review of analytical methods related to measurements of physical parameters and
composition of the Earth’s atmosphere (1h)

Laboratory classes:

L1. Fundamentals of gas chromatography:
Determination of CO2 concentration in breath tests using chromatograph SRI and TCD
detector.
- sampling,
- calibration of measurements using dilution of standard gases,
- identification of chromatography peaks representing the measured gas
- calculation of CO2 concentrations
- assessment of measurement uncertainty
L2. Modelling of parameters and processes in the atmosphere (computer laboratory)
- modelling of vertical profiles of temperature, pressure and density of the
atmosphere
- simple radiation balance models of Earth and other planets
L3. Monitoring of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere – visit to the high-mountain
station (KASLAB, Kasprowy Wierch, Tatra Mountains) measuring concentrations of
major greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.
- description of synoptic situation at the time of ascent to the Kasprowy Wierch
station
- changes of physical parameters of the atmosphere with elevation

Seminar classes:

Preparing and presenting a seminar on the subject related to the scope of the course.
Work in 2-person teams. The seminar will be held during the second half of the semester, after the lectures are finished.

Student workload (ECTS credits balance)
Student activity form Student workload
Summary student workload 82 h
Module ECTS credits 3 ECTS
Participation in lectures 18 h
Participation in laboratory classes 14 h
Participation in seminar classes 10 h
Preparation for classes 40 h
Additional information
Method of calculating the final grade:

The final mark is composed of partial assessments of student’s performance during implementation of the laboratory classes (L), the seminar (S) and the written exam verifying the
knowledge acquired during the course (W).
The final mark (OK) is calculated as a weighted mean:
OK = 0.4xL+0.3xS+0.3xW

Prerequisites and additional requirements:

None

Recommended literature and teaching resources:

1. E. Boeker, R. v. Grondelle, Environmental Physics, John Wiley & Sons, 1999.
2. D. G. Andrews, An Introduction to Atmospheric Physics, Cambridge University Press, 2000
3. J.P. Peixoto, A.H. Oort, Physics of Climate, Springer, 2007.
4. Climate Change 2007 – The Physical Science Basis, Contribution of Working Group I to the Fourth Assessment Report of the IPCC, Cambridge University Press, 2007.
5. C.F. Bohren, E.E. Clothiaux, Fundamentals of Atmospheric Radiation, WILEY-VCH, 2006.

Scientific publications of module course instructors related to the topic of the module:

Additional scientific publications not specified

Additional information:

None