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Syllabus for

Academic year
RRY075 - Environmental measurement techniques
Syllabus adopted 2008-02-26 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: TKELT
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Education cycle: First-cycle
Major subject: Electrical Engineering

Teaching language: Swedish

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 No Sp
0107 Examination 7,5 c Grading: TH   7,5 c   11 Mar 2009 am V,  18 Aug 2009 am V

In programs

TKELT ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING - Environmental studies, Year 3 (elective)


Professor  Donal Murtagh


ERR195   Environmental measurement techniques

Course evaluation:

The course contains theme environment


For single subject courses within Chalmers programmes the same eligibility requirements apply, as to the programme(s) that the course is part of.

Course specific prerequisites

Electrical measurements and some basic environmental course.


The goal of the course is to give a general understanding of today's environmental problems and the need for measurements. Detailed knowledge of several different measurement techniques and strategies will be taught.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

· Give examples of several different environmental problems
· Describe the processes underlying ozone loss in the stratosphere
· List the necessary conditions required for polar ozone loss to occur
· Describe the physical processes that are involved in the greenhouse effect and give examples of different positive and negative feedback processes
· Describe several of the problems with air pollution in cities
· Give examples of several measurement techniques for atmospheric components
· Describe how light is absorbed and scattered in the atmosphere
· Use the Lambert-Beer law to calculate the absorption of light in different substances and to derive the amount of a substance given the absorptance
· Describe how different optical and microwave instruments work
· Calculate the wavelength resolution of a Fourier Transform spectrometer
· Calculate the intermediate frequencies for different species in a heterodyne microwave spectrometer.


Introduction to environmental problems- the ozone question, the climate question.
Basic physical principles, spectra, line shapes, radiative transport, measurement geometry.
Microwave and the heterodyne measurement principle with applications.
Spectrometers and instruments for infra-red and visible light.
DOAS and FTIR measurements and applications
LIDAR and the DIAL method.


The course will consist of about 20 lectures, 2 labs, and several tutorials.


The material is developed and gathered by the teachers. A literature list will be found on the course web page.


Grading is by written exam and the project report.

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