The growing attention of the society to air quality and climate change along with the need for its mitigation and adaptation, requires knowledge of atmospheric characteristics, processes, observations, and data collection/ processing. This course discusses air quality in terms of atmospheric physics and chemistry. The students are introduced to atmospheric structure and processes, meteorology, emission sources and inventories, indoor and outdoor, urban, regional and global air quality issues, and regulation. An introduction to dispersion modeling with demonstration of SCREEN regulatory modeling tool as methods of linking emissions to air quality are also presented. The Adaptive Management strategy is covered through theory and case studies.
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Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Discuss airborne contaminants, their sources and effects within the context of atmospheric chemistry and physics, human health and environmental impacts.
- Discuss Canadian, US and European air quality regulations and initiatives, with a focus on emissions performance standards and air quality standards.
- Illustrate meteorology concepts that can have an impact on air quality.
- Relate air emissions to air quality dispersion modelling.
- Discuss Indoor air quality issues, monitoring and regulations.
- Analyze the issue of urban, regional and global pollution and how those issues could be strategically managed to ensure acceptable air quality.
- Prepare a briefing note on an air quality issue.
- Propose an adaptive air quality management strategy duly based on research and data collection to address environmental, economic and social issues as they relate to an assigned airshed.
Effective as of Fall 2019
Atmosphere and Air Quality (EENG 7420) is offered as a part of the following programs:
School of Construction and the Environment
- Environmental Engineering
Bachelor of Technology Full-time/Part-time
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