Air Pollution

Meet the Faculty

Jeffrey K. Lew

Jeffrey Lew earned his Ph.D. in Cloud and Precipitation Microphysics from the UCLA Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences in 1985 and subsequently spent two and a half years at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, studying snow growth processes. In 1988, Dr. Lew returned to UCLA and has been teaching courses in meteorology and air pollution ever since. In the early 1990s, Dr. Lew was a member of the first group of instructors at UCLA to use business presentation software to deliver classroom lectures and to create computer visualizations of physical and chemical processes for classroom demonstrations.;

Course created by Jochen Stutz and Jeffery K. Lew

Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences 2: Air Pollution

Spring Quarter 2018
4 quarter units / 2.67 semester units

Causes and effects of high concentrations of pollution in atmosphere. Topics include nature and sources of gaseous and particulate pollutants, their transport, dispersion, modification, and removal, with emphasis on atmospheric processes on scales ranging from individual sources to global effects; interaction with biosphere and oceans; stratospheric pollution.

This course offers an introduction to the causes, scientific principles, and political and societal consequences of some of today’s most pressing environmental problems. Air Pollution phenomena such as the ozone hole, urban smog, climate change, etc., have in common that natural atmospheric processes have been severely disturbed by human activities. The goal of this course is to introduce the scientific concepts needed to understand the behavior of the natural and disturbed atmosphere. Students will gain a thorough understanding of the physics, meteorology, and chemistry of the atmosphere, and in addition, the biological and societal processes impacting the atmosphere and the environmental and health consequences of air pollution will be introduced. Scientific concepts will be taught through short online lectures followed by interactive activities, such as video recordings of experiments, online simulations, simple calculations, and analysis of atmospheric observations, with an emphasis on the understanding of the science of air pollution.

Important dates: 

Registration opens: Feb 28, 2019
Registration ends: Mar 31, 2019
First day of instruction: Apr 1, 2019
Last day of instruction: Jun 8, 2019


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Jeffery K Lew