Priv.-Doz. Dr. habil. Veronika Eyring

Deutsches Zentrum fuer Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR)
DLR-Institut fuer Physik der Atmosphaere 
Oberpfaffenhofen, D-82234 Wessling, Germany 
Phone:    +49-8153-28-2533 
Fax.:       +49-8153-28-1841 
email: Veronika Eyring

Chemistry-Climate Interactions
Block Lecture, August 8-19, 2005, University of Bremen

Lecturer:        Veronika Eyring, DLR - Institut für Physik der Atmosphäre, Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany, Phone: +49-8153-28-2533
E-mail:            Veronika Eyring
Tutor:             Mathias Schreier, Institute of Environmental Physics, University of Bremen, Germany, Phone: +49-421-218-8126
Class:             August 8-19, 2005, 9:00 am - 10:30 am; 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm, Room S3032
Final Exam:    August 19, 2005

Abstract:  The coupling between climate change and atmospheric composition results from the basic structure of the atmosphere and the fundamental processes within it. Changes in atmospheric composition (whether in ozone (O3), carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), or aerosol particles) change the radiative properties of the atmosphere and hence the energy balance. For example, ozone absorbs UV and IR radiation and has a central and complex role in the earth’s energy budget, with a strong coupling between the chemical and physical processes in which it is involved. The lecture gives a review of climate changes and changes in the chemical composition of the atmosphere and summarises interactions between chemistry and climate. Consequences for environmental problems such as climate change, ozone depletion and tropospheric pollution are discussed.

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Part I: Climate and Climate Change
Lecture 1: Important factors determining climate
Lecture 2: Climate Change and Global Warming
Part II: Stratospheric Chemistry
Lecture 3: Review Stratospheric Ozone Chemistry
Lecture 4: 20 Questions About the Ozone Layer
Lecture 5: Recent developments of atmospheric dynamics & chemistry
Lecture 6: Future Polar Stratospheric Ozone
Part III: Tropospheric Chemistry
Lecture 7: Review Tropospheric Chemistry
Lecture 8: Aerosols, Clouds and Climate Change
Part IV: Ozone-Climate Interactions
Lecture 9: The Effect Of Stratospheric Ozone Changes On Climate
Practice 1: Talks by students
Lecture 10: The Effect Of Changes In Climate On Stratospheric Ozone
Lecture 11: Climate Impact Of Tropospheric Ozone Changes
Lecture 12: Impact Of Climate Change On Tropospheric Ozone
Part V: Examples
Lecture 13: Impact of Traffic Emissions on Climate&Chemistry

The lecture is mainly based on:
  • European Commission, Ozone–climate interactions, Air pollution research report No 81, Luxembourg, 2003.
  • IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) (2001), Climate change 2001: The scientific basis. Contribution of Working Group 1 to the Third Assessment Report, J.T. Houghton (Eds.) Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom and New York, NY, USA.
Further Reading:
  • Guy P. Brassuer, John J. Orlando, Geoffrey S. Tyndall (Eds): Atmospheric Chemistry and Global Change, Oxford University Press, 1999
  • Seinfeld, J. H., and S. N. Pandis (1998), Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics – From Air Pollution to Climate Change, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York.

  • Richard P. Wayne, Chemistry of Atmospheres, Oxford university Press, 1991
  • World Meteorological Organization (WMO)/United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) (2003), Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion: 2002, World Meteorological Organization, Global Ozone Research and Monitoring Project, Report No. 47, Geneva, Switzerland.

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