Atmospheric Technology

Course Information
TitleΑΤΜΟΣΦΑΙΡΙΚΗ ΤΕΧΝΟΛΟΓΙΑ / Atmospheric Technology
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
CoordinatorKleareti Tourpali
Course ID40003076

Programme of Study: UPS of School of Physics (2012-today)

Registered students: 0
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
CoreSpecial Election844

Class Information
Academic Year2017 – 2018
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Instructors from Other Categories
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Type of the Course
  • Scientific Area
  • Skills Development
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
The course is offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
Required Courses
  • ΑΠΥ201 Atmospheric and Enviromental Physics
Learning Outcomes
The students have a general view of scientific instruments used in atmospheric measurements and their principles of operation. Through the laboratory exercises are able to perform calibrations and field measurements with solar radiation instruments, meteorological instruments and ozonesondes.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
Course Content (Syllabus)
Week 1: Theoretical background for the laboratory exercises: Radiometry, Ozone sounding, and Meteorology. Week 2: Introduction to the measurements of environmental parameters. Representativeness of a measurement. Quality control - quality assurance. Week 3: Measurements of meteorological parameters 1: Temperature. Reference points and temperatures scales. Meteorological thermometers. Sources of errors in temperature measurements. Week 4: Measurements of meteorological parameters 2: Humidity, Pressure. Parameters of humidity determination. Psychrometers and hair hygrometers. Spectroscopic hygrometers. Operational principles of other hygrometers. Pressure units. Characteristics and operational principles of barometers. Week 5: Measurements of meteorological parameters 3: Wind. Scales and units. Characteristics and operational principles of anemometers. Wind-vanes. Calculation of the wind vertical distribution. Week 6: Radiation measurements: Introduction to measurement methods and quantities. Spectral response of radiation instruments. Geometry of measurements – Radiation flux and intensity. Angular response error. Week 7: Spectrophotometers 1: Description, characteristics, the grating equation, spectral resolution, stray (scattered) light error. Week 8: Spectrophotometers 2: Absolute calibration and determination of the wavelength scale. Applications. Week 9: Broadband radiometers: Determination of spectral response function. Calibration with standard lamps and prototype instruments. Errors due to instrument’s internal temperature variability. Week 10: Remote sensing of the column number density of atmospheric species from the ground and satellites: Differential optical absorption spectroscopy method, Brewer-Dobson method. Week 11: Atmospheric remote sensing using lasers (LIDAR) Week 12: In situ measurements of atmospheric species vertical profiles. Week 13: In situ measurements of air quality: Atmospheric pollutants NOx, SO2, O3, CO, hydrocarbons, aerosols.
Atmospheric measurements, meteorological instruments, air quality monitors, solar radiation isntruments
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Interactive excersises
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Laboratory Teaching
Course Organization
Laboratory Work130.4
Written assigments260.9
Student Assessment
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Μελάς, Δ., Μπάης, Α., Μπαλής, Δ., 2015. Ατμοσφαιρική τεχνολογία. [ηλεκτρ. βιβλ.] Αθήνα:Σύνδεσμος Ελληνικών Ακαδημαϊκών Βιβλιοθηκών. Διαθέσιμο στο:
Additional bibliography for study
Διδακτικές Σημειώσεις αναρτημένες στην ιστοσελίδα του μαθήματος
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