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Eric A Betterton PhD

Eric A Betterton PhD

University Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences

Community, Environment & Policy Department

JW Harshbarger Building #11 Room 122A
PO Box: 210081
Tucson AZ 85721


Department Head, Hydrology / Atmospheric Sciences
Professor, Hydrology / Atmospheric Sciences
Professor, Chemical and Environmental Engineering
Director, Institute of Atmospheric Physics
Professor, Public Health
Professor, Global Change - GIDP

Distinguished Professor and Department Head, Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences.  Joint Professor, Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Joint Professor, College of Public Health, and Director, Institute of Atmospheric Physics.

Born and raised in Zimbabwe, I studied chemistry in South Africa, and environmental science at Caltech.   Along the way, I worked in the platinum mining industry, and in cement and lime manufacturing.  I joined the University of Arizona in 1988.

I teach a large introductory course in weather and climate, and smaller, more advanced courses in atmospheric physics, atmospheric chemistry, and atmospheric particulate matter (dust and aerosols)

Fndmtls of Atmo Sciences
ATMO 436A (Spring 2019)
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ATMO 536A (Spring 2019)
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HWRS 536A (Spring 2019)

Research Synopsis

My research in the laboratory and in the field is focused on environmental pollutants, especially those found in the air and water that might affect people.  For example, I study toxic metals in airborne dust, the chemistry of rain and snow, and the environmental fate of sodium azide, the propellant used in certain automobile airbags.

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