5 ECTS credits (LUOVI2), August 15-24, 2012
This is an advanced level intensive course held in Hyytiälä Forestry Field Station in Juupajoki, Finland.
The course is aimed at PhD and MSc students and scientists in the field of experimental atmospheric research.
In the aerosol formation point of view, the formation of new particles and their subsequent growth seem to occur almost everywhere in the world. These new particles can increase the concentration of cloud condensation nuclei by a factor more than two over the course of one day. According to very recent scientific results up to 30% of the atmosphere’s aerosol particles are formed by gas-to-particle conversion. The effect of clouds and aerosol particles is the most poorly understood factor in the global climate change. Atmospheric new particle production must be understood and include when developing global climate models.
The aim of this course is to give an extensive picture of the current knowledge about atmospheric particle formation, its impacts on the Earth’s climate, and the theories applicable for model studies.
- Atmospheric aerosols
- Aerosol measurement techniques
- Atmospheric observations of aerosol formation and growth
- Nucleation theory and computational methods
- Aerosol dynamics: Condensation and coagulation
- Aerosol dynamics: Emissions, deposition and general dynamic equation
- Aerosols, clouds and climate
- Large-scale modeling of atmospheric aerosol
- Organic aerosols
- Gaseous precursors of atmospheric aerosols and their chemistry
- Laboratory investigations of nucleation and nanoparticle growth
- Primary vs. secondary, and natural vs. anthropogenic contribution to atmospheric aerosol number concentrations
- Heterogeneous chemistry and particulate phase processes in aerosol formation and growth
- Thermodynamics of aerosol formation
- Observations of sub-3 nm atmospheric clusters
- Chemical composition of atmospheric nanoparticles and clusters
- Acid-base chemistry and aerosol formation and growth
- Air quality and climate interactions
A more detailed programme will be available later.
Teaching and assessment
Each day consists of two or three sets of 90 min lectures followed by 90 min. exercises with lunch or dinner between the sets. The course is organized by the University of Helsinki, Department of Physics, Division of Atmospheric sciences.
The course includes also a visit to the SMEAR II station. There will also be recreational events such as sauna and swimming as well as excursions.
Prof. Markku Kulmala (University of Helsinki), Prof. Veli-Matti Kerminen (University of Helsinki) and Assoc. Prof. Ilona Riipinen (Stockholm University) will lead the course. There will be also several guest lecturers.
Requirements for the course include basic knowledge in classical physics and mathematics.
Hyytiälä Forestry Field station in Southern Finland
Tuesday, August 14th – Friday, August 24th, 2012
Tuesday, August 14th
|17:00||Helsinki Railway Station|
|21:00||arrival in Hyytiälä|
Friday, August 24th
|12:00||departure from Hyytiälä|
|16:00||Helsinki Railway Station|
Please note that people arriving/departing outside these pick up/drop off times will need to arrange their own transportation to/from Hyytiälä.
Credits and accrediting body and official name
5 ECTS, University of Helsinki
530181 Formation and growth of atmospheric aerosols
There will be an exam the end of the course, on August 23rd.
0 EUR for MSc students of ABS partner universities and PhD students of ACCC partner universities, 500 EUR for all other MSc and PhD students, 1500 EUR for all others. The fee includes transfers between Helsinki and Hyytiälä, accommodation in two-person rooms, and full board (breakfast, lunch, afternoon coffee, dinner, and evening meal) during the course, and the excursions and social programme during the course. There are a limited number of travel grants available for participants from Nordic and Baltic countries (Denmark, Estonia, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, and Sweden).
A maximum of 24 students are selected to participate. The selection is based on applications. Applicants must submit their application before May 31st using the online application form.
Successful applicants will be selected within two weeks after the application deadline.
markku.kulmala @ helsinki.fi