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