ATOC/ASTR 5560  Schedule for Fall 2002
Date Lectures and Computer Modeling Labs Required Reading
26-Aug Lecture 1 Introduction&Logistics
Many roles of radiative transfer processes in the atmosphere
28-Aug Lecture 2 Basic radiometric quantities. L02: 1.1, 1.4
Concepts of scattering, absorption, and emission.
Introduction to radiative transfer.
30-Aug Lab 1 Computer modeling laboratory
2-Sep NO CLASS : Labor day
4-Sep Lecture 3 Blackbody radiation. Main laws. L02: 1.2
6-Sep Lab 2 Computer modeling laboratory
9-Sep Lecture 4 Composition and structure of the atmosphere. L02: 3.1, 5.1
Basic properties of radiatively active species.
11-Sep Lecture 5 Sun as an energy source. Solar spectrum and solar constant. L02: 2
13-Sep Lab 3 Computer modeling laboratory
16-Sep Lecture 6 Gaseous absorption/emission: Concepts of a spectral line L02: 1.3
and a band. Line shapes. Absorption coefficient and transmittance.
18-Sep Lecture 7 Absorption by atmospheric gases in IR,  visible and UV L02: 4.2.1, 3.2
20-Sep Lab 4 Computer modeling laboratory
23-Sep Lecture 8 Terrestrial infrared radiative processes. Part 1: L02: 4.2.2-4.2.3
Fundamentals of thermal IR radiative transfer
Line-by-line approach
25-Sep Lecture 9 Terrestrial infrared radiative processes. Part 2: L02: 4.3
K-distribution approximations.
27-Sep Lab 5 Computer modeling laboratory
30-Sep Lecture 10 Terrestrial infrared radiative processes. Part 3: L02: 4.4
Gaseous absorption/emission: Band models.
Curtis-Godson Approximation.
2-Oct Lecture 11 Terrestrial infrared radiative processes. Part 4: L02: 4.5-4.7
Infrared radiation transfer in the cloudy atmosphere.
Radiative heating/cooling rates
4-Oct Lab 6 Computer modeling laboratory
7-Oct Lecture 12 Review for Exam 1: IR radiative transfer processes
9-Oct Mid-term Exam 1
11-Oct Fall Break
14-Oct Lecture 13 Scattering. Part 1: L02: 3.3, 5.3
Main concepts. Stokes matrix. Polarization.
Scattering by gases.
16-Oct Lecture 14 Scattering. Part 2: L02: 5.2
Lorenz-Mie theory of scattering by spherical particles.
18-Oct Lab 7 Computer modeling laboratory
21-Oct Lecture 15 Scattering. Part 3: L02: 5.5
Scattering by nonspherical aerosol particles.
23-Oct Lecture 16 Scattering. Part 4: L02: 5.4
Scattering by nonspherical ice crystals.
25-Oct Lab 8 Computer modeling laboratory
28-Oct Lecture 17 Principles of multiple scattering in the atmosphere. L02: 3.4, 3.5, 6.1
Radiative transfer equation in a plane-parallel atmosphere.
30-Oct Lecture 18 Methods for solving the radiative transfer equation. Part 1: L02: 6.5
1-Nov Lab 9 Computer modeling laboratory
4-Nov Lecture 19 Methods for solving the radiative transfer equation. Part 2:
Effects of surface reflection on the atmospheric radiation field.
6-Nov Lecture 20 Methods for solving the radiative transfer equation. Part 3: L02: 6.2
Discrete-ordinate method.
8-Nov Lab 10 Computer modeling laboratory
11-Nov Lecture 21 Methods for solving the radiative transfer equation. Part 4: L02: 6.3-6.4
Principles of invariance. Adding method.
13-Nov Lecture 22 Methods for solving the radiative transfer equation. Part 5: L02: 6.7
Monte-Carlo method.
15-Nov Lab 11 Computer modeling laboratory
18-Nov Lecture 23 Methods for solving the radiative transfer equation. Part 6: L02: 6.6
Radiative transfer including polarization
20-Nov Lecture 24 Introduction to measurements of atmopsheric radiation
22-Nov Lab 12 Computer modeling laboratory
25-Nov Lecture 25 Radiation and climate. L02: 8.1, 8.2, 8.4
27-Nov Lecture 26 Radiative-convective equilibrium. L02: 8.3
29-Nov NO CLASS: Thanksgiving
2-Dec Lecture 27 Radiation in energy balance climate models L02: 8.5
4-Dec Lecture 28 Radiation in global climate models L02: 8.6
6-Dec Lab 13 Computer modeling laboratory
9-Dec Lecture 29 Direct and indirect radiative forcings L02: 8.6
11-Dec Lecture 30 Review for Exam 2: Solar radiative transfer processes.Radiation and climate
14-Dec Mid-term Exam 2
L02: Liou, An introduction to atmospheric radiation, 2002.