ATOC 5560

Radiative Processes in Planetary Atmospheres


Fall 2002

Meeting Time: Mon&Wed 3:00-3:50 PM Duane G 131, Fri 1:00-3:00 Physics Computer Room

Instructor: Prof. Irina N. Sokolik Duane D317 303-492-5724

Office Hours: Mon 4:00-6:00 PM (or by appointment)


This course provides a foundation for understanding the theoretical and computer modeling principles of radiative transfer in planetary atmospheres. The main focus is on the interaction of gases, clouds, and aerosols with ultraviolet, visible, and infrared radiation. The overall goal of this course is to prepare a student in formulating and solving radiative transfer problems for a wide range of applications.

Required Text: An Introduction to Atmospheric Radiation. Liou, 2002.

Recommended Text

Radiation Transfer in the Atmosphere and Ocean. Thomas and Stamnes, 1999;

Atmospheric Radiation : Theoretical Basis. Goody and Yung, 1989;

Atmospheric Radiative Transfer. Lenoble, 1993.

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Prerequisites: ATOC 5225 or ASTR 5110;

Some computer programming experience is recommended


Mid-term exams (2) 30%

Homework 20%

Computer modeling labs 25%

Research Project 25%