CSU is home to a very large and active atmospheric chemistry community. There are currently five faculty members specializing in atmospheric chemistry within the Department of Atmospheric Science. Ongoing collaborations exist with many Departments across campus including Chemistry, Environmental Health Sciences, and Soil & Crop Sciences.
Current atmospheric chemistry research at CSU spans a range of topics.
- There is a long history of research on cloud and fog chemistry and the nature and behavior of particulate matter in the atmosphere. The Department has expertise in laboratory, in-situ measurements (surface and aircraft), data analysis and numerical modeling of aerosols. There is specific interest in characterizing the physical and chemical properties of aerosols, as well as understanding aerosol-cloud interactions, near-source aerosol physics, new particle formation, and the effects of particles on climate and visibility.
- A second theme across the atmospheric chemistry community is a focus on reactive nitrogen. Both observational and modeling projects are underway to better understand the transport, deposition and implications for oxidant distributions.
- The program is also well-known for a longstanding interest and expertise in ice nucleation research. The Continuous Flow Diffusion Chamber (CFDC) method for characterization of ice nuclei concentrations was developed and demonstrated at CSU. Current work applies the CFDC and additional methods to the detection and characterization of IN in laboratory studies and in ground-based and airborne field work, with current focus areas of marine aerosols, biomass burning, and biological particles.
- New research directions include investigation of
- the emissions from and larger atmospheric implications of non-traditional oil and gas development,
- the links between fires, air quality and health, and
- the development of techniques for aerosol, cloud and trace gas measurements.
In addition to theoretical studies and mathematical analyses of datasets, we apply the following tools and approaches in our research:
Sample Coursework During the First Two Years of Our Graduate Program:
|Fall, Year 1||Spring, Year 1|
|ATS 540: Daily Weather Laboratory I
ATS 601: Atmospheric Dynamics I
ATS 620: Thermodynamics and Cloud Physics
ATS 621: Atmospheric Chemistry
|ATS 622: Atmospheric Radiation
ATS 631: Atmospheric Aerosols
ATS 715: Atmospheric Oxidation Processes
|Fall, Year 2||Spring, Year 2|
|ATS 606: Introduction to Climate
ATS 560: Air Pollution Measurement
|ATS 762: Biosphere-Chemistry-Climate Interactions|
|Other classes of interest|
|ATS 652: Atmospheric Remote Sensing
ATS 655: Objective Analysis
ATS 716: Air Quality Characterization
ATS 760: Global Carbon Cycle
ATS 772: Aerosol Physics and Chemistry