Course Syllabus

ATM S 532 A, Winter Quarter 2019

Atmospheric Radiation (Introductory)

Instructor: Prof. Qiang Fu

604 Atmospheric Sciences Bldg., 206-685-2070,

Meeting Times: M, 9:30-10:20; W, 9:30-10:20; F, 9:30-10:20

Meeting Place: ATG 610


Grading: 30% assignments, 30% midterm, and 40% final exam.

Final exam time and location: Wednesday, March 20, 2019, 8:30-10:20 am, ATG610

Office Hours: 1:00 - 2:00 pm, MWF

Prerequisites: Phys 225 or permission of instructor (no permission needed for our grads).

Reference books: An Introduction to Atmospheric Radiation by Liou

                                  A First Course in Atmospheric Radiation by Petty

                                  Atmospheric Radiation by Goody and Yung

Course Outline:

  1. Introduction

The nature of the problem; the thermal structure of the atmosphere; the chemical composition of the atmosphere; global energy balance.

  1. Fundamentals of Radiative Transfer

Concepts and definitions; black body radiation laws; simple aspects of radiative transfer; remote sensing applications; nature of solar and terrestrial radiation.

  1. Absorption and Scattering of Radiation by Atmospheric Gases

Absorption line formation; line shapes; absorption spectra of atmospheric gases; Rayleigh scattering.


  1. Band Models

Isolated lines; random models; k-distribution method; transmission through a nonhomogeneous atmosphere.

  1. Radiative Transfer and Climate

Radiation models, Radiative heating rates, Cloud radiative forcing, Constraints on the thermal structures.


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