ATM S 532 A, Winter Quarter 2019
Atmospheric Radiation (Introductory)
Instructor: Prof. Qiang Fu
604 Atmospheric Sciences Bldg., 206-685-2070, firstname.lastname@example.org
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
The nature of the problem; the thermal structure of the atmosphere; the chemical composition of the atmosphere; global energy balance.
- 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.
- Absorption and Scattering of Radiation by Atmospheric Gases
Absorption line formation; line shapes; absorption spectra of atmospheric gases; Rayleigh scattering.
- Band Models
Isolated lines; random models; k-distribution method; transmission through a nonhomogeneous atmosphere.
- Radiative Transfer and Climate
Radiation models, Radiative heating rates, Cloud radiative forcing, Constraints on the thermal structures.
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