AT 555 (3 Credits)

Introduction to Air Pollution

Spring 2000

MWF 10:00-10:50, B4 Engineering


Instructor:  Jeff Collett (Room 413 Atmospheric Science; 491-8697;


Teaching Assistant: Katharine Moore (201 ATS SimLab; 491-8555;


Office Hours: Wednesdays 9-10 and 11-12 in room 205 Engineering (in the arcade, 2nd floor)




Our overall goal will be to develop a working knowledge of basic air quality issues.  Specific objectives include:


1.  Develop an understanding of types and sources of air pollution.

2.  Examine concentrations of air pollutants and their effects on health and welfare.  Review regulations governing air pollution.

3.  Examine the meteorological factors which contribute to air quality degradation.

4.  Examine the basic chemistry of the atmosphere and how it contributes to secondary pollutant formation.

5.  Consider methods for air pollution measurement and control.

6.  Examine regional and global air pollution issues.




Air Pollution: Its Origin and Control, 3rd Edition, by Wark, Warner and Davis, Addison Wesley, 1998.

This text is now published by Prentice Hall.  Some corrections were made between the first and second printing.  A list of corrections to both versions will be distributed early in the course.


Additional handouts will also be assigned for reading.


Course Structure and Grading Criteria:


The course is offered for three credits.  The class is conducted in a lecture/discussion format.


One mid-term and one final examination (Monday May 8, 7-9 AM) will be given.


A short term paper on an air quality topic is required.  It will be due in the second half of the course.  Details on format and timetable will be discussed later.


Several homework assignments will be made during the semester. 


Grades will be assigned using the +/- system.  Grades will be weighted as follows:


                                                            Term Paper:                                     15%

                                                            Homework:                                      30%

                                                            Mid-term Exam:                             25%

                                                            Final Exam:                                     30%


AT 555 - Introduction to Air Pollution


Spring 2000 Schedule




January 19

Introduction/Air Pollution History

pp. 1-5

January 21

Air Pollution Types, Atmospheric Composition, Concentrations

pp. 5-12

January 24

Particulate Matter

pp. 12-16

January 26, 28


pp. 16-23

January 31, February 2

Health and Welfare Effects

pp. 23-35, 38-43

February 4, 7

Acid Deposition

pp. 35-37, handout

February 9

Air Pollution Sources

pp. 44-47

February 11, 14

Air Pollution Regulations

Chapter 2

February 16, 18, 21

Air Pollution Meteorology

Chapter 3

February 23, 25, 28

March 1, 3

Dispersion of Air Pollutants

Chapter 4

March 6-10

Spring Break - no class


March 13



March 15

Mid-term exam


March 17, 20, 22, 24, 27

Aerosol physics and particle control

Chapter 5

March 29, 31

April 3, 5

Combustion and Gas Control

pp. 341-357, Chapters 7 and 8

April 7, 10

Mobile Sources

Chapter 10

April 12, 14, 17, 19

Photochemical Smog

Chapter 9,


April 21

Air Pollution Measurement

pp. 535-549

April 24, 26

Colorado Air Quality Issues/Field Trip


April 28

May 1, 3, 5

Global Issues (Stratospheric Ozone Depletion and Climate Change)


AT555 Library Reserve Materials



1.  Wark, Warner and Davis (1998) Air Pollution: Its Origin and Control, 3rd Edition, Addison Wesley.


2.  Boubel, Fox, Turner and Stern (1994) Fundamentals of Air Pollution, 3rd Edition, Academic Press.


3.  Seinfeld and Pandis (1997) Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics: from Air Pollution to Climate, Wiley-Interscience.


4.  Cooper and Alley (1994) Air Pollution Control: A Design Approach, 2nd Edition, Waveland Press.


5.  Hinds (1999) Aerosol Technology: properties, behavior, and measurement of airborne particles, 2nd Edition, Wiley-Interscience.


6.  Flagan and Seinfeld (1988) Fundamentals of Air Pollution Engineering, Prentice Hall.


7.  National Acid Precipitation Assessment Program (1991) National Acid Precipitation Assessment Program 1990 Integrated Assessment Report, NAPAP Office of the Director, Washington DC.


8.  National Research Council (1991) Rethinking the Ozone Problem in Urban and Regional Air Pollution





Some Relevant Journals


Atmospheric Environment

Journal of the Air and Waste Management Association

Environmental Science and Technology

Journal of Atmospheric Chemistry

Tellus B

Journal of Geophysical Research, Part D