Air Quality Management

10 credits

Syllabus, Master's level, 1TV025

Education cycle
Second cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level
Earth Science A1N, Physics A1N, Technology A1N
Grading system
Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
Finalised by
The Faculty Board of Science and Technology, 30 August 2018
Responsible department
Department of Earth Sciences

Entry requirements

120 credits of which 90 credits in science/engineering including Meteorology, Hydrology and Environmental Measurement Techniques, 15 credits.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • analyse data for different types of air pollutants (gases, particles, noise and light) and describe their variation in space and time
  • account for different techniques that is used to decrease the amount of pollutants
  • understand the chemical transformation of pollutants in the atmosphere
  • describe the processes which influence noise propagation in the atmosphere and conduct simple calculations on noise propagation
  • apply prior knowledge on processes in the atmospheric boundary layer on dispersion calculations of pollutants in the atmosphere
  • have knowledge of current environmental qualitystandards and environmental goals for air pollution in Sweden


The course aims to give the students an overview of the air pollutant issue (gases, particles, smell, noise and light). The main focus will be on chemical and noise related aspects in the air pollutant issue.

Chemical transformation of gases in the atmosphere and the dispersion of pollution at the local and global scale (processes and dispersion calculations). Techniques for reducing the amount of pollutants in gas phase and as particulate matter. Existing environmental qualitystandards and environmental goals for air pollution s.

Sound propagation in the atmosphere outdoors (basic acoustics), influence from weather (refraction, absorption, distribution and ground damping) and how sound levels vary throughout the day / year. The student will also gain knowledge of methods and models used today in the consultant business.


Lectures, calculation exercises, practical assignments, home assignment, seminars and study visits


Written examen (3 credits), home- and practical assignments (3 credits), active participation in mandatory study visits and seminars ( 3 credits) and oral presentations (1 credit).

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the disability coordinator of the university.