Topics include fundamentals of gaseous and particulate air measurement techniques, and measurements of environmental parameters including flow rates, pressure, temperature; how to analyze measurement data; federal and state air quality policy and measurement requirements including monitoring networks; hands-on field measurement projects, field trips, lab experiments, reading journal articles.
Why make measurements?
- Know what are the current air concentrations to meet regulations
- Know what chemicals in the air we are currently exposed; to better understand health effects (e.g. elevated exposure to ozone causes lung oxidation)
- Know what pollutants are in the atmosphere that may effect the ecosystem (e.g. acid rain causing acidification of lakes)
- Test our understanding of the physics and chemistry of air quality through modeling