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The graduate program on "Environmental Physics" is offered by the Physics Department of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki since 1993 and its main objective is to educate and train scientists who will be able to work on and assess issues related to the protection of the environment. It aims at producing skilled physicists/environmentalists capable in meeting the demands of the labor market in tackling present and future environmental problems, such as air pollution in local and global scales, sustainable development, global change and environmental problems induced from industrial activities. The graduates receive the MSc degree after two years of studies and they may continue for a PhD degree, with a minimum duration of three additional years.
The graduates are mastering the necessary scientific background in various subjects of environmental physics, to be absorbed effectively by privet enterprises, public organizations and educational establishments. Most of them are involved in ongoing research at international level, on topics related to tropospheric and stratospheric ozone, solar UV radiation and its effects on photochemistry, air pollution modeling, climate modeling, retrieval algorithms for satellite applications and development on remote sensing techniques for monitoring the radiation field and changes in the atmospheric composition.
The graduate program has an interdisciplinary structure within the Physics Department by combining teaching personnel from different laboratories related to environmental issues. The leading role belongs to the Laboratory of Atmospheric Physics supplemented by the laboratories of Optics, Astronomy, Nuclear Physics and the Department of Mathematics. The courses include lectures in Environmental Physics, Fluid Mechanics, Atmospheric Optics, Meteorology, Environmental Chemistry, Applied Statistics, Environmental Assessments and others.