Why join the course?
Learn about the role that radiation and greenhouse gases play in our understanding of atmospheric chemistry. As levels of CO2 in the atmosphere increase, you will discover the solutions scientists are exploring to reduce levels. And discover how missions to other planets and moons in our solar system are revealing extraordinarily diverse atmospheres. Explore how an exponential increase in the discovery of new exoplanets is helping us learn about the evolution of our own atmosphere.
What topics will you cover?
- The chemistry of atmospheric pollution.
- The role that radiation and greenhouse gases play in atmospheric chemistry.
- The role of chemical feedbacks.
- An introduction to the FAGE container.
- The research conducted using the FAGE container to predict climate and air quality.
- Chemical solutions for reducing the amount of Carbon Dioxide in our atmosphere.
- The influence of humans on recent climate change.
- Assignment: prepare interview questions to demonstrate an understanding of lowering CO2 emissions.
- The role of chemistry in understanding the atmospheres in the solar system.
- Space exploration in the media.
- The evolution of technology in aiding knowledge of planetary atmospheres.
- The Cassini-Huygens space mission.
- Similarities and differences between Titan’s and Earth’s atmospheres.
- The search for life or a habitable planet.
- Assignment: a peer-reviewed task to write a press release about a space mission.
What will you achieve?
- Explore the chemistry behind climate and pollution in Earth’s atmosphere.
- Assess the future of living with climate change, the contributing impact humans are making and possible solutions.
- Explore how knowledge of chemistry helps us to understand the planets in the solar system.
- Assess the impact of current space missions and how these may help us find life on other planets.
Who is the course for?
The course is suitable for anyone with a general interest in chemistry; no previous knowledge or experience is required.
If you are working in the field of science and would like to practice and improve your science writing skills, this course is designed to support you as a professional. By completing all aspects of the course you will have achieved 14 hours of CPD time.
If you intend to complete the Discovering Science program, it is recommended that you complete Discovering Science: Science Writing before starting this course; however, this course can still be studied independently.
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Last updated February 17, 2018