Instructor:
Professor Irina N. Sokolik
office 3104, ph.4048946180
email: isokolik@eas.gatech.edu
Location and meeting time:
Monday/Wednesday 3:05 4:25 PM
ES&T L1175
Revised lecture schedule
Jan. 9

Lecture 1.

Course structure&Syllabus

Jan. 11

Lecture 2.

Multiple roles of radiation: Introductory survey

Jan. 16

School Holiday


Jan. 18

Lecture 3.

Basic radiometric quantities. The BeerBouguerLambert
law.
Concepts of extinction (scattering plus absorption) and emission.

Jan. 23

Lecture 4.

Blackbody radiation. Main radiation laws.
Sun as an energy source. Solar spectrum and solar constant.

Jan. 25

Lecture 5.

Composition and structure of the Earthâ€™s atmosphere.
Basic properties of gases, aerosols, and clouds that are important for radiative
transfer modeling.

Jan. 30

Lecture 6.

Basics of gaseous absorption/emission. Line
shapes.

Feb. 1

Lecture 7.

Absorption spectra of atmospheric gases in the
IR, visible and UV regions.

Feb. 6

Lecture 8.

Terrestrial infrared radiative processes.
Part 1: Linebyline (LBL) method for solving IR radiative transfer.

Feb. 8

Lecture 9.

Terrestrial infrared radiative processes.
Part 2: Absorption band models.

Feb. 13

Lecture 10.

Terrestrial infrared radiative processes.
Part 3: Kdistribution approximation.

Feb. 15

Lecture 11.

SBDART modeling.

Feb. 20

Lecture 12.

Terrestrial infrared radiative processes.
Part 4: IR radiative heating/cooling rates.

Feb. 22

Lecture 13.

Problem solution examples.

Feb. 27

Lecture 14.

Review for Midterm Exam 1.
Review slides

Feb. 29


Midterm Exam 1.

Mar. 5

Lecture 15.

Light scattering and absorption by atmospheric
particulates.
Part 1: Principles of scattering. Main concepts: elementary wave, polarization,
Stokes matrix, and scattering phase function. Rayleigh scattering.

Mar. 7

Lecture 16.

Light scattering and absorption by atmospheric
particulates.
Part 2: Scattering and absorption by spherical particles.

Mar. 12

Lecture 17.

Optical modeling using Mie theory.

Mar. 14

Lecture 18.

Light scattering and absorption by atmospheric
particulates.
Part 3: Scattering and absorption by nonspherical particles.



Spring Break

Mar. 26

Lecture 19.

Principles of multiple scattering in the atmosphere.
Radiative transfer equation for diffuse solar radiation.
Single scattering approximation.

Mar. 28

Lecture 20.

Methods for solving the radiative transfer
equation with multiple scattering.
Part 1: Twostream approximations.

Apr. 2

Lecture 21.

Methods for solving the radiative transfer
equation with multiple scattering.
Part 2: Inclusion of surface reflection and emissivity.
Exact methods: Discreteordinate, Addingdoubling, and Monte Carlo.

Apr. 4

Lecture 22.

Problem solution examples.

Apr. 9

Lecture 23.

Total radiative heating/cooling rates.

Apr. 11

Lecture 24.

Radiation and climate. Simple climate models.

Apr. 16

Lecture 25.

Radiative forcing of gases, aerosols and, clouds.

Apr. 18

Lecture 26.

Class project presentations.
Modeling of radiative forcing of clouds.

Apr. 23

Lecture 27.

Class project presentations.

Apr. 25

Lecture 28.

Course review.
Review slides

Homeworks