Atmospheric Radiative Transfer Class: Schedule for SPRING 2012 | |||||||||||||

Date | Required Reading | ||||||||||||

9-Jan | Lecture 1 | Introduction&Logistics | |||||||||||

11-Jan | Lecture 2 | Multiple roles of radiation | |||||||||||

16-Jan | School Holiday | ||||||||||||

18-Jan | Lecture 3 | Basic radiometric quantities. The Beer-Bouguer-Lambert law. | L02: 1.1, 1.4 | ||||||||||

Concepts of scattering, absorption, and emission. | |||||||||||||

The "simple" radiative transfer equation. | |||||||||||||

23-Jan | Lecture 4 | Blackbody radiation. Main laws. | L02: 1.2, 1.4.3, 2 | ||||||||||

Sun as an energy source. Solar spectrum and solar constant. | Appendix A | ||||||||||||

25-Jan | Lecture 5 | Composition and structure of the atmosphere. | L02: 3.1, 5.1 | ||||||||||

Basic properties of radiatively active species. | pp.169-176 | ||||||||||||

30-Jan | Lecture 6 | Gaseous absorption/emission: Concepts of a spectral line | L02: 1.3 | ||||||||||

and a band. Line shapes. | |||||||||||||

1-Feb | Lecture 7 | Absorption coefficient and transmission function. | L02: 4.2.1, 3.2 | ||||||||||

Absorption by atmospheric gases in the IR, visible and UV. | |||||||||||||

HITRAN spectroscopic database. | |||||||||||||

6-Feb | Lecture 8 | Terrestrial infrared radiative transfer. Part 1: | L02: 4.2.1-4.2.3 | ||||||||||

Fundamentals of thermal IR radiative transfer. | |||||||||||||

Line-by-line method. | |||||||||||||

8-Feb | Lecture 9 | Terrestrial infrared radiative transfer. Part 2: | L02: 4.4 | ||||||||||

Gaseous absorption/emission: Band models. | |||||||||||||

Curtis-Godson Approximation. | |||||||||||||

13-Feb | Lecture 10 | Terrestrial infrared radiative transfer. Part 3: | L02: 4.3 | ||||||||||

K-distribution approximations. | |||||||||||||

15-Feb | Lecture 11 | IR radiative transfer modeling. | |||||||||||

20-Feb | Lecture 12 | Terrestrial infrared radiative transfer. Part 4: | L02: 4.2.2,4.5-4.7 | ||||||||||

IR radiative cooling rates. | |||||||||||||

22-Feb | Lecture 13 | IR radiative transfer modeling. | |||||||||||

27-Feb | Lecture 14 | Review for Exam 1: IR radiative transfer | |||||||||||

29-Feb | Mid-term Exam 1 | ||||||||||||

5-Mar | Lecture 15 | Scattering. Part 1: | L02: 1.1.4, 3.3.1 | ||||||||||

Main concepts. Stokes matrix. Polarization. | |||||||||||||

Scattering by gases. | |||||||||||||

7-Mar | Lecture 16 | Scattering. Part 2: | L02: 5.2, 3.3.2 | ||||||||||

Scattering and absorption by an ensemble of spherical particles. | |||||||||||||

12-Mar | Lecture 17 | Scattering. Part 3: | L02: 5.3, 5.5 | ||||||||||

Scattering and absorption by nonspherical particles. | Appendix E | ||||||||||||

14-Mar | Lecture 18 | Principles of multiple scattering in the atmosphere. | L02: 3.4, 6.1 | ||||||||||

Radiative transfer equation with multiple scattering | |||||||||||||

in a plane-parallel atmosphere. | |||||||||||||

Spring Break | |||||||||||||

26-Mar | Lecture 19 | Methods for solving the radiative transfer equation with | L02: 6.3.1, 6.5 | ||||||||||

multiple scattering. Part 1. Streams approximations. | |||||||||||||

28-Mar | Lecture 20 | Methods for solving the radiative transfer equation with | L02: 6.3.5 | ||||||||||

multiple scattering. Part 2. Inclusion of surface reflection | |||||||||||||

and emissivity. | |||||||||||||

2-Apr | Lecture 21 | Methods for solving the radiative transfer equation | L02: 6.2 | ||||||||||

with multiple scattering. Part 3. "Exact" methods | 6.3.1-6.3.4, 6.4, 6.7 | ||||||||||||

(Discrete-ordinate, Adding and Monte Carlo methods). | |||||||||||||

4-Apr | Lecture 22 | Net (total) radiative heating/cooling rates. | L02: 3.5, 4.5.2, 4.6.1, | ||||||||||

4.6.2, 4.7, 8.2.4 | |||||||||||||

9-Apr | Lecture 23 | Radiation abd climate. Part 1. | L02: 8.1, 8.3, 8.5. 8.6 | ||||||||||

L02: 8.4, 8.6.3 | |||||||||||||

11-Apr | Lecture 24 | Radiation and climate. Part 2. | |||||||||||

Radiative transfer codes in GCMs and NWPs. | |||||||||||||

16-Apr | Class project presentation | ||||||||||||

18-Apr | Class project presentation | ||||||||||||

23-Apr | Lecture 25 | Review for Exam 2. | |||||||||||

25-Apr | Mid-term Exam 2 | ||||||||||||

Reading: | |||||||||||||

L02: Liou, An introduction to atmospheric radiation, 2002 (Second Edition). | |||||||||||||