Course Content

This course explores the concepts of sustainability, air quality and climate change from interdisciplinary perspectives. Concepts of sustainability include prospects for advancing the human endeavour while using less energy and fewer natural resources with an impact on air quality and climate change. Concepts of air quality deals with: the atmosphere's structure and chemical composition; atmospheric chemical reaction (including photochemistry) processes in gas phase, liquid phase, and on particle surfaces; interaction of electromagnetic radiation (UV, visible and IR) and species in the air (gas and particles); global energy balance; dispersion on local, regional and global scales; global atmospheric circulations; effects on changing atmospheric composition on the global climate, and climate change. Climate discussions extend from past millennia to future predictions and link human activity to climate change.

Learning outcomes: After taking this course the participant should be able to explain sustainability; chemical and physical processes that are fundamental for the Earth's radiative balance and thus for our climate; explain sources and sinks of gases and particles of importance for environment and climate; explain the interplay of atmospheric gases and particles from a chemical and meteorological perspective; apply basic chemical and physical laws to the transformation of gases and particles as well as to their transport in the atmosphere.

Class Textbook:

  • Introduction to Atmospheric Chemistry by Daniel J. Jacob

Reference books:

  • Atmospheric Science: An Introductory Survey by Wallace, J.M., and P. V. Hobbs (2nd edition).

  • Meteorology Today by Ahrens, C. Donald (11th edition)

  • Handouts and lecture notes

Course Programme

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

  • Environmental Problems, Their Causes, and Sustainability
    (Principals and Elements of Sustainability, Environmental Problems, Sustainable Development)
  • Sustainable Air Quality, Air Pollution and Ozone Depletion
    (The Earth System, Air Pollution and Health, Air Quality Management, Source Type and Emissions)
  • Overview of the Global Atmosphere
    (An overview of the course, Density, Pressure, Temperature, and Chemical Constituents)
  • Origin of the Earth’s Atmosphere
    (Formation and Evolution of the Earth System)
  • Sun-Earth Relationships
    (Rotation of Earth and time zones, Revolution around the Sun, Seasons, Cycle of Sun's declination, and Solar Constant)

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

  • • Atmospheric Models
    (Processes governing the Chemical State of the Atmosphere, Box, Puff and Column Models)
  • Biogeochemical Cycling of Trace gases
    (The hydrologic cycle, carbon, nitrogen, and sulfur cycle)
  • Atmospheric Transport
    (Forces, Geostrophic flow; The General Circulation; Vertical Transport; and Stability)
  • Radiation Budget of the Atmosphere
    (Solar Zenith angle; Wavelength and frequency; Blackbody radiation; Stefan-Boltzmann law; Wien’s displacement Law; Scattering, absorption and extinction)

Thursday, 9 November 2017

  • Air Quality Modeling and Chemical Kinetics
    (Rate law; fundamentals of reaction kinetics; rate constant)
  • Atmospheric Chemistry
    (Sources, and Sinks of Trace Gases, Hydroxyl Radical, Reactive Nitrogen, Carbon, and Sulfur Compounds)
  • Tropospheric Ozone
    (formation, chemistry and distribution)
  • Stratospheric Ozone and the Ozone Hole
    (anthropogenic perturbations to stratospheric ozone)
  • Global Climate Change
    (The buildup of greenhouse gases; increased concentration of aerosols Global temperature and rainfall distributions; interactions of air quality on climate (direct and indirect effects); El Nino; radiative forcing).


Course Structure

Each day is subdivided into four sessions and will commence at 9.00 am and finish at 5.00 pm. Lunch break is from 12.30 pm to 2.00 pm. Coffee will be served during the breaks. Please note that the course will start at 9.15 am on the first day.

Course Materials

The course fee includes all working materials, lunch, coffee, tea and all computer facilities used, where applicable. The Institute reserves the right to make changes to the programme that may prove necessary.

Course Presenter

Viney Aneja is a Professor and Co-Director Graduate Programs in the Department of Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences, North Carolina State University. He obtained his B. Tech. degree in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India, in 1971. Before joining the faculty of the Department of Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences at N. C. State in 1987, he conducted and supervised research at Corporate Research and Development, General Electric Company, New York.

He was recently appointed to the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC) Executive Committee, and Chair the BOSC Subcommittee for Air, Climate, and Energy (ACE) research program, 2014-2017. The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture appointed him as a member of the U.S. Agricultural Air Quality Task Force, 2001-2008. He was a member of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board Environmental Engineering Committee; Integrated Nitrogen Committee, 2006-2010; Committee on Hydraulic Fracturing, 2010; and is a Member of EPA's Science Advisory Board (SAB) Panel on Estimating Air Emissions from Animal Feeding Operations, 2012-2013. The North Carolina Governor, Hon. Mike Easley appointed him Member, NC Governor's Task Force on Hazardous Materials, 2006-2007. He served as a Director of the Air and Waste Management Association, and Chair of the Association’s Education Council. He is a Member Representative of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO.

Dr. Aneja’s industrial and academic research contributions have been extensively recognized. He won the Noryl Division Proprietary Innovation Award from General Electric in 1983, and the General Electric Managerial Award in 1986. In 1998 the Air and Waste Management Association gave him its Frank A. Chambers Award, the Association’s highest scientific honor; in 1999 he became a Fellow of the Association; in 2001 he received the Association’s Lyman A. Ripperton Award for distinguished achievement as an educator. He is the recipient of the 2007 North Carolina Award in Science, the highest award a civilian can receive from the Governor of North Carolina. In 2010 he received Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India. In 2010 he was invited by the U.S. White House Council on Environmental Quality to assist in the BP Gulf Spill. In 2015 he was awarded the Rossby Visiting Fellow at the Stockholm University, Sweden; and Indira Foundation Distinguished Visiting Fellow at TERI University, New Delhi, India.

At North Carolina State University Dr. Aneja has developed one of the nation’s leading agricultural air-quality and climate research programs ( He has published over 175 scientific papers, 127 book chapters and conference proceedings scientific papers, 47 technical reports, 5 US patents, and two books on his research. Dr. Aneja has directed 8 post-doctoral fellows, 14 doctoral dissertations, and 41 masters’ theses.


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Venue and Accommodation

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