Selected Topics in Air Pollution

This course is part of the programme
Doctoral study programme Environmental Sciences

Objectives and competences

To present to the students deepen knowledge on up-to-date research activities related to problems of atmospheric pollution.


Student must have fulfilled all obligations from the first academic year


Content of course is selected by student in agreement with supervisor on topics covered by his/her research work. Topics of course are confirmed by scientific committee of Postgraduate studying program at the Faculty of environmental studies.

Intended learning outcomes

Understanding of sources, chemical processes and consequences of atmospheric pollution. Autonomous work on problems related to atmospheric pollution.


Selected articles related to atmospheric pollution (at least 20 articles).


• Seminar work 50% • Oral exam 50%

Lecturer's references

Griša Močnik is full professor of atmospheric physics at the University of Nova Gorica.

Selected references:

  • DRINOVEC, Luka, MOČNIK, Griša, ZOTTER, P., PREVOT, Andre S. H., RUCKSTUHL, C., COZ, E., RUPAKHETI, M., SCIARE, Jean, MÜLLER, T., WIEDENSOHLER, A., HANSEN, Anthony D. A. The "dual-spot" Aethalometer : an improved measurement of aerosol black carbon with real-time loading compensation. Atmospheric measurement techniques, ISSN 1867-1381, 2015, no. 8, str. 1965-1979, ilustr., doi: 10.5194/amt-8-1965-2015.

  • ZOTTER, P., HERICH, Hanna, GYSEL, Martin, EL-HADDAD, Imad, ZHANG, Yanling, MOČNIK, Griša, HÜGLIN, Christoph, BALTENSPERGER, Urs, SZIDAT, Sönke, PREVOT, Andre S. H. Evaluation of the absorption Ångström exponents for traffic and wood burning in the Aethalometer based source apportionment using radiocarbon measurements of ambient aerosol. Atmospheric chemistry and physics, ISSN 1680-7316, 2017, vol. 17, no. 6, str. 4229-4249, doi: 10.5194/acp-2016-621.

  • PETIT, J. -E., FAVEZ, O., SCIARE, Jean, CRENN, V., SARDA-ESTÈVE, R., BONNAIRE, N., MOČNIK, Griša, DUPONT, J. -C., HAEFFELIN, M., LEOZ-GARZIANDIA, E. Two years of near real-time chemical composition of submicron aerosols in the region of Paris using an Aerosol Chemical Speciation Monitor (ACSM) and a multi-wavelength Aethalometer. Atmospheric chemistry and physics, ISSN 1680-7316, 2015, vol. 15, no. 6, str. 2985-3005, doi: 10.5194/acp-15-2985-2015.

  • TITOS, G., MOČNIK, Griša, et al. Spatial and temporal variability of carbonaceous aerosols : assessing the impact of biomass burning in the urban environment. Science of the total environment, ISSN 0048-9697, 2017, vol. 578, str. 613-625, doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.11.007.

  • TOBLER, Anna, BHATTU, Deepika, CANONACO, Francesco, LALCHANDANI, Vipul, SHUKLA, Ashutosh, THAMBAN, Navaneeth M., MISHRA, Suneeti, SRIVASTAVA, Atul K., BISHT, Deewan S., MOČNIK, Griša, et al. Chemical characterization of PM2.5 and source apportionment of organic aerosol in New Delhi, India. Science of the total environment, ISSN 0048-9697, 2020, vol. 745, str. 1-12, doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.140924.

  • GREGORIČ, Asta, DRINOVEC, Luka, JEŽEK, Irena, VAUPOTIČ, Janja, LENARČIČ, Matevž, GRAUF, Domen, WANG, Longlong, MOLE, Maruška, STANIČ, Samo, MOČNIK, Griša. The determination of highly time-resolved and source-separated black carbon emission rates using radon as a tracer of atmospheric dynamics. Atmospheric chemistry and physics, ISSN 1680-7316, Nov. 2020, vol. 20, iss. 22, str. 14139-14162, ilustr., doi: 10.5194/acp-20-14139-2020.