


Requited Reading 
21Aug 
Lecture 1 
Introduction&Logistics 

23Aug

Lecture 2 
The roles of radiative transfer processes in the Earth's climate
system 

28Aug

Lecture 3 
Basic radiometric quantities. The BeerBouguerLambert law.Concepts
of scattering, absorption, and emission. The "simple" radiative transfer equation. 
L02: 1.1, 1.4 
30Aug

Lecture 4 
Blackbody radiation. Main laws. Sun as an energy source. Solar
spectrum and solar constant. 
L02: 1.2, 1.4.3, 2 Appendix A 
4Sep

Lecture 5 
Composition and structure of the atmosphere. Basic properties of radiatively active
species. 
L02: 3.1, 5.1pp.169176 
6Sep

Lecture 6 
Gaseous absorption/emission: Concepts of a spectral line and a band. Line shapes.
Absorption coefficient and transmittance. 
L02: 1.3 
11Sep

Lecture 7 
Absorption by atmospheric gases in IR, visible and UV HITRAN spectroscopic database. 
L02: 4.2.1, 3.2 
13Sep

Lecture 8 
Terrestrial infrared radiative transfer. Part 1: Fundamentals of thermal IR radiative
transfer Linebyline method 
L02: 4.2.24.2.3 
18Sep

Lecture 9 
Terrestrial infrared radiative transfer. Part 2: Kdistribution approximations. 
L02: 4.3 
20Sep

Lecture 10 
Terrestrial infrared radiative transfer. Part 3: Gaseous absorption/emission: Band
models. CurtisGodson Approximation. 
L02: 4.4 
25Sep

Lecture 11 
Terrestrial infrared radiative transfer. Part 4: IR radiative cooling rates 
L02: 4.2.2,4.54.7 
27Sep

Lecture 12 
Review for Exam 1: IR radiative transfer 

2Oct

Midterm Exam 1 


4Oct

Lecture 13 
Scattering. Part 1: Main concepts. Stokes matrix. Polarization. Scattering by gases. 
L02: 1.1.4, 3.3.1 
9Oct

Fall Break 



11Oct

Lecture 14 
Scattering. Part 2: LorenzMie theory of scattering by spherical particles. 
L02: 5.2 
16Oct

Lecture 15 
Scattering. Part 3: Scattering and absorption by an ensemble of spherical particles 
L02: 5.2, 3.3.2 
18Oct

Lecture 16 
Scattering. Part 4: Scattering by nonspherical particles 
L02: 5.4, 5.5 
23Oct

Lecture 17 
Principles of multiple scattering in the atmosphere. Radiative transfer equation
with scattering in a planeparallel atmosphere. 
L02: 3.4, 3.5, 6.1 
25Oct

Lecture 18 
Methods for solving the radiative transfer equation. Part 1: Streams approximations. 
L02: 6.3.1, 6.5 
30Oct

Lecture 19 
Methods for solving the radiative transfer equation. Part 2: Effects of surface
reflection and emissivity on the atmospheric radiation field. 
L02: 6.3.5 
1Nov

Lecture 20 
Methods for solving the radiative transfer equation. Part 3: Discreteordinate method. 
L02: 6.2 
6Nov

Lecture 21 
Methods for solving the radiative transfer equation. Part 4: Principles of invariance.
Adding method. 
L02: 6.3.16.3.4, 6.4 
8Nov

Lecture 22 
Methods for solving the radiative transfer equation. Part 5: Monte Carlo method.
Radiative transfer methods for inhomogeneous clouds 
L02: 6.7 
13Nov

Lecture 23 
Net (total) radiative heating/cooling rates 
L02: 3.5, 4.5.2, 4.6.1, 4.6.2, 4.7, 8.2.4 
15Nov

Lecture 24 
Radiative and radiativeconvective models. 
L02: 8.3 
20Nov

Lecture 25

Radiation and climate. Part 1. Radiative transfer codes in GCMs and NWPs. 
L02: 8.5 
22Nov

NO CLASS 


27Nov

Lecture 26 
Radiation and climate. Part 2.

L02: 8.5 
29Nov

Lecture 27 
Direct and indirect radiative forcings

L02: 8.6 
4Dec L 
Lecture 28 
Review for Exam 2: Solar radiative transfer. Radiation and climate 
L02: 8.6 
6Dec

Midterm Exam 2 

L02: Liou, An introduction to atmospheric radiation, 2002. 