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The course contains a project where each project group reads and presents a scientific paper dealing with atmospheric science. The project is selected from a list during the introductory lecture. Passed project is needed to fulfil the course requirements. Your schedule contains a project follow-up meeting and an oral presentation, where participation during the latter is mandatory.

Project Aim: The project aims at a deeper understanding of the field and to provide the first contact with scientific literature on atmospheric science. It should also be a training in oral presentation and to acquire knowledge during conference-alike presentations. 

Literature: the text book, overheads from lectures and scientific papers. 

Science is characterized by that unknown phenomena are studied. A single paper does not cover all aspects of a subject, but rather focus on a question. In some cases interpretations are revised in retrospect. In this project it is sufficient to assume that "your" paper gives all the circumstances. However, should you find that some aspects are missing in your paper you are free to supplement your literature.

Examination: Each group makes a 10 min. Powerpoint presentation during a mini-symposium. All group members make a part of the presentation. The project is graded passed /not passed and is part of the examination of the course.

Target audience: The members of the course that at the time of the presentation have had all the lectures and exercises of the course, but not read your paper. 

Method: Use the course literature to present the background to the specialized problem of the scientific paper. 

Project Literature


1. How does the CO2 concentration evolution the last 100 years compare with the concentration and variation during the last 650 000 years?

Scientific paper: Siegenthaler et al., “Stable carbon cycle – climate relationship during the last Pleistocene”, Science Vol 310, 1313 – 1317, 2005 + Brook, “Tiny bubbles tell all”, Science 310, 1285 – 1287, 2005

2. Is the carbon cycle affected by climate change?

Scientific paper: Friedlingstein et al., ”Positive feedback between future climate change and the carbon cycle”, Geophysical Research Letters Vol. 28, 1543 – 1546, 2001

3. Have we humans committed to a larger greenhouse warming than the observed global temperature change?

Scientific paper: Ramanathan and Feng, “On avoiding dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system: Formidable challenges ahead”, PNAS 105, 14245 – 14250, 2008

4. Do explosive volcanic eruptions affect life on earth in a global perspective?

Scientific paper: McCormick et al., “Atmospheric effects of the Mt Pinatubo eruption”, Nature Vol. 373, 399 – 404, 1995

5. Can global temperature change from increased greenhouse effect be neutralized by well-planned aerosol emissions to the atmosphere?

Scientific paper: Crutzen, “Albedo Enhancement by Stratospheric Sulfur Injections: A Contribution to Resolve a Policy Dilemma?”, Climate Change Vol. 77, 211 – 220, 2006 + Kerr, “Pollute the planet for climate’s sake?Science 314, 401 – 402, 2006

6. Does the ocean contribute significant amounts of organic aerosol?

Scientific paper: Spracklen et al., “Globally significant oceanic source of organic carbon aerosol” Geophysical Research Letters Vol. 35, L12811, doi:10.1029/2008GL033359, 2008

7. Can intercontinental transport of ozone air pollution be observed?

Scientific paper: Cooper et al., ”Increasing springtime ozone mixing ratios in the free troposphere over western North America”, Nature Vol 463, 344 – 348, 2010

8. Can sources contributing to ozone pollution be determined from satellite-based measurements of NOx and formaldehyde?

Scientific paper: Martin et al., ”Space-based diagnosis of surface ozone sensitivity to anthropogenic emissions”, Geophysical Research Letters Vol 31, L06120, doi:10.1029/2004GL019416, 2004 + Smith et al., “Atmospheric science: Detox strategy for NOx and VOC, Science 304, 173b, 2004

9. Do industrial emissions affect the radiative properties of clouds and/or the formation of precipitation?

Scientific paper: Rosenfeld, “Suppression of rain and snow by urban and industrial air pollution”, Science Vol 287, 1793 – 1796, 2000