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EM9104 Air Quality Management

[Lecture: 26 hrs; Tutorial: 13 hrs; Lab: 0 hr;  Pre-requisite: Nil; Academic Unit: 3]

Learning Objective :

  • To provide general understanding of air quality assessment and the background for management with respect to the problems of air pollution.
  • To assess air quality monitoring and to understand policy-making in response to air quality issues.
  • To provide an overview on the selection of air pollution control technology.

Course Content :

This introductory course provides an overview of air quality management. Topics include background of air quality monitoring, types of air pollutants and related health impacts, pollutant sampling and measurement devices, pollutant distributions and dispersal modes as well available methods to control the pollutants.  Control management includes both physical and chemical mechanisms, as well as other policy/regulation approaches.

Course Outline :

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Topic

1.

Introduction to Air Pollution – Emission, Effect and Standard

2.

Air Pollution Control Regulation and Monitoring

3.

The Atmosphere, Air Pollutants and Global Climate

4.

Air Quality Modeling, Plume Dispersions 

5.

Green House Gases, Global Climate Issues 

6.

Indoor Air Quality

7.

Air Pollution from Mobile Sources

8.

General Idea of Air Pollution Control

9.

Control of Particulates

10.

VOCs and HCs – Characteristic & Control

11.

Oxides of Sulfur and Nitrogen – Characteristic & Control

12.

Control of Mobile Sources Pollutants

13.

Case Studies

Learning Outcome :

Students will acquire basic knowledge of atmospheric processes and influences of air pollution on health, welfare and economics.  Students will also gain an understanding of the types, sources and effect of air pollutants as well as the general knowledge of the legislative and regulatory approaches to air quality management.

Textbooks :

Course Handouts

References :

  • “Air Pollution Control Engineering” Noel De Nevers, McGraw Hill International Edition, 2nd version, 2000
  • “Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics – From Air Pollution to Climate Changes” by John H. Seinfeld and Spyros N. Pandis, John Wiley & Sons, 1998