Global Environmental Changes

Course Information
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
CoordinatorDimitrios Balis
Course ID40003077

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

Registered students: 70
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
CoreSpecial Election844

Class Information
Academic Year2019 – 2020
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
After successfully completing the course, the students - acquire scientific knowledge on current global environmental issues - acquire basic background that facilitates them to continue to postgraduate studies
General Competences
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in an international context
  • Respect natural environment
Course Content (Syllabus)
Spatial and temporal scales of atmospheric processes. Mechanisms of emission and removal of atmospheric constituents. Life time. · Global circles of atmospheric constituents that contain sulphur, nitrogen, halogen and carbon. · Introduction to the ozone layer. Mechanisms of ozone production and destruction. Dynamics of the ozone layer. · Depletion of the ozone layer. Periodic changes. Long-term trends. · Global changes of atmospheric transmission due to aerosols. Size distribution of particles. Classification of Particles. · Aerosol optical properties. Phase function. Aerosol effects on surface albedo. · Emission of radiation from the Sun. Solar radiation at the top of the atmosphere (spectral characteristics and temporal changes). · Factors that affect the transition of the solar radiation through the atmosphere. Spatial and temporal changes of solar radiation reaching the ground. · Chemical and photochemical processes in the atmosphere. Photolysis rate of atmospheric molecules (calculation and measurement). Biological effects of solar ultraviolet radiation (calculation of the absorbed dose, measurements). · Emission and propagation of the earth’s radiation through the atmosphere. Calculation of the absorbed and transmitted radiation flux. · Climate change. The Earth’s energy balance. Natural and anthropogenic greenhouse effect. · Solar flux changes and climate forcing. Anthropogenic changes of radiation effective atmospheric constituents and effects on radiation fluxes. · Solar activity and effects on the atmosphere and the Earth’s climate.
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
Course Organization
Student Assessment
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative)
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