Physics and Chemistry of the Atmosphere I
Text: Physics of the Atmosphere and Climate,
second edition, by Murry L. Salby
(Cambridge University Press) 2012.
the Upper and Lower Atmosphere, Finlayson-Pitts and Pitts, 2000.
Recommended: Atmospheric Chemistry and
Physics, Seinfeld and Pandis, 2006.
A Short Course in Cloud Physics, Third Edition, by R.R. Rogers and M.K. Yau
Professor Russell Dickerson
Room 2413, Computer & Space Sciences Building
TA Phillip Stratton
Outline Fall 2017
I. Atmospheric Thermodynamics
II. Chemical Thermodynamics & CC eq.
III. Basic Ocean Chemistry
IV. Thermody. Diagrams
V. Stability and Convection
VI. Mixing and convection
VII. Cloud Physics
VIII. Cloud Properties
IX. Exp. Techniques in Cloud Physics
IV. Tropospheric Ozone
X. Kinetics and Steady State
XII. Spectroscopy and Photochemistry
XIII. Stratospheric Ozone
XV. Reactive Nitrogen & Climate
Salby Chapters 1-2
Salby Chapter 4
S. Ch. 17; Outside Readings
Salby Ch. 7; R&Y Chapters 3-4
Salby Ch. 4
Salby Ch. 5
Salby Ch. 9
NCAR Tech Notes
F & P Chapters 3&5
F&P Chapt. 3-5
F&P Chapt. 6
F&P Chapt. 12
F&P Chapter 4
F&P Chapt. 7
Caveat: For your convenience only - I reserve the right to update the lectures until they are delivered.
For the first day of class please read Salby Chapter 1
Part I. Basic Atmospheric Thermodynamics and Chemistry
Lecture 2, Thermody of Moist air (2016)
Lecture 3, Chem Thermodynamics
Lecture 4, Chem Thermo & CC Eq
Lecture 5, Basic Ocean Chemistry
Lecture CP1, Thermodiagrams
Lecture CP2, Saturated Temp Dfn's 2014
Lecture CP3, Parcel & Boundary Layer Stability
Lecture CP4, Mixing & Convection
Lecture CP5, Dry Parcel Theory
Lecture CP6, Wet Parcel Theory
Lecture CP7, Slice Method
Lecture CP8, Entrainment & moistening
Lecture CP9, Cloud Properties & Experimental Techniques
Lecture CP10 Numerical Simulation of Clouds
Midterm Exam (downloadable example from 2009)
Lecture 1, Thermodynamics of Dry Air
Part II. Introduction to Atmospheric Chemistry
Lecture 7, Intro to Kinetics
Lecture 8, Kinetics II
Lecture 8b, Kinetics III
Lecture 9, Steady State Analysis
Lecture 10, Spectroscopy and Photochemistry
Lecture 6, Tropospheric Ozone
Lecture 11, Spectroscopy and Photochemistry II
Lecture 12a, Stratospheric Ozone
Lecture 12b, The Ozone Hole
Lecture 12c, Nitrous Oxide, N2O
Lecture 13, Aerosol Physics & Chemistry
Lecture 14, Aerosol Physics & Chemistry II
Lecture 15, Reactive Nitrogen
Lecture 16, Air Quality and Climate
Ice and Snow
Cloud Resolving Models by Ken Pickering
Layers in the Atmosphere, Ozone (covered in AOSC 621)
Reactive Nitrogen by J. Galloway
Black Carbon or Soot
Regular Examination Dates:
October 12, November 21, 2017.
Term Paper Due: Thursday, November
Final Examination 2017:
Saturday, December 16, 2017, 10:30am-12:30pm,
unless there is 100% agreement to move it.
Course grade will be
For 2017, there will be options from Salby's book.
Due 9/14/17 HW #1 Rogers and Yau problems 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.6, (see handouts) and
repeat 1.1 for the atmosphere of another planet or moon. You may substitute Salby's problem 1.6 for R&Y 1.1. If you do other problems I will grade them for possible extra credit.
Due 9/28/17 HW #2
Atmospheric and oceanic chemical thermodynamics.
Topic and Bibliography for Term Paper Due.
Due 10/10/17 HW #3 Rogers and Yau problems 2.2, 2.4 (or 2.5); for 2.4 you may use a skew T
diagram to estimate the constant and n to test for consistency.
Due 10/26/17 HW #4 Salby problems 5.1 & 5.2. Rogers and Yau problems 4.3, 4.5, & 4.6.
Due 11/16/17 HW #5
HW5 In Progress
See Finlayson and Pitts or the JPL compendium (below)
for cross sections and quantum yields.
Old Final Exam
Nice Henry's Law Page from MPI
Chemical Kinetics and Photochemical Data for Use in Atmospheric Studies
Ozone Criteria Document from EPA
2002 August 15 00Z sounding doc
2002 August 15 00Z sounding image
Prepared by Russell Dickerson (firstname.lastname@example.org
) - Last updated on August 2017