This course focuses on air pollution management and modeling topics with an emphasis on how air quality models can be used to help inform decision makers. In addition to introducing the fundamentals of air pollution and addressing general modeling considerations, topics covered in this course include the health and environmental effects of key air pollutants, how air quality modeling was used in major studies leading to better air quality, US requirements for air quality modeling studies, and current local, national, and international air pollution issues. Atmospheric physics and chemistry are reviewed as they relate to air pollutant transport and transformation. Specific modeling topics include box and plume models, indoor air quality and monitoring, numerical and statistical models, and climate change modeling and decision making. Specific air pollution problems addressed in the course include those at local, regional, and national scales; air pollution problems from a public health perspective; and approaches for developing air pollution control strategies for various air pollutants. A termlong case study assignment is required that leverages these course elements to address a timely and relevant real-world air pollution scenario.
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