EAS 8803
Atmospheric Radiative Transfer
      Requited Reading
21-Aug Lecture 1 Introduction&Logistics  
23-Aug Lecture 2 The roles of radiative transfer processes in the Earth's climate system  
28-Aug Lecture 3 Basic radiometric quantities. The Beer-Bouguer-Lambert law.Concepts of scattering, absorption, and emission. The "simple" radiative transfer equation. L02: 1.1, 1.4
30-Aug 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
4-Sep Lecture 5 Composition and structure of the atmosphere. Basic properties of radiatively active species. L02: 3.1, 5.1pp.169-176
6-Sep Lecture 6 Gaseous absorption/emission: Concepts of a spectral line and a band. Line shapes. Absorption coefficient and transmittance. L02: 1.3
11-Sep Lecture 7 Absorption by atmospheric gases in IR, visible and UV HITRAN spectroscopic database. L02: 4.2.1, 3.2
13-Sep Lecture 8 Terrestrial infrared radiative transfer. Part 1: Fundamentals of thermal IR radiative transfer Line-by-line method L02: 4.2.2-4.2.3
18-Sep Lecture 9 Terrestrial infrared radiative transfer. Part 2: K-distribution approximations. L02: 4.3
20-Sep Lecture 10 Terrestrial infrared radiative transfer. Part 3: Gaseous absorption/emission: Band models. Curtis-Godson Approximation. L02: 4.4
25-Sep Lecture 11 Terrestrial infrared radiative transfer. Part 4: IR radiative cooling rates L02: 4.2.2,4.5-4.7
27-Sep Lecture 12 Review for Exam 1: IR radiative transfer  
2-Oct Mid-term Exam 1    
4-Oct Lecture 13 Scattering. Part 1: Main concepts. Stokes matrix. Polarization. Scattering by gases. L02: 1.1.4, 3.3.1
9-Oct Fall Break    
11-Oct Lecture 14 Scattering. Part 2: Lorenz-Mie theory of scattering by spherical particles. L02: 5.2
16-Oct Lecture 15 Scattering. Part 3: Scattering and absorption by an ensemble of spherical particles L02: 5.2, 3.3.2
18-Oct Lecture 16 Scattering. Part 4: Scattering by nonspherical particles L02: 5.4, 5.5
23-Oct Lecture 17 Principles of multiple scattering in the atmosphere. Radiative transfer equation with scattering in a plane-parallel atmosphere. L02: 3.4, 3.5, 6.1
25-Oct Lecture 18 Methods for solving the radiative transfer equation. Part 1: Streams approximations. L02: 6.3.1, 6.5
30-Oct 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
1-Nov Lecture 20 Methods for solving the radiative transfer equation. Part 3: Discrete-ordinate method. L02: 6.2
6-Nov Lecture 21 Methods for solving the radiative transfer equation. Part 4: Principles of invariance. Adding method. L02: 6.3.1-6.3.4, 6.4
8-Nov Lecture 22 Methods for solving the radiative transfer equation. Part 5: Monte Carlo method. Radiative transfer methods for inhomogeneous clouds L02: 6.7
13-Nov 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
15-Nov Lecture 24 Radiative and radiative-convective models. L02: 8.3
20-Nov Lecture 25 Radiation and climate. Part 1. Radiative transfer codes in GCMs and NWPs. L02: 8.5
22-Nov NO CLASS    
27-Nov Lecture 26 Radiation and climate. Part 2. L02: 8.5
29-Nov Lecture 27 Direct and indirect radiative forcings L02: 8.6
4-Dec L Lecture 28 Review for Exam 2: Solar radiative transfer. Radiation and climate L02: 8.6
6-Dec Mid-term Exam 2 L02: Liou, An introduction to atmospheric radiation, 2002.