Prerequisites
Physical Chemistry (5.61), Advanced Calculus for Engineers (18.075), or permission of instructor.
Grading
Based on grades from 6 exercises (weighted by degree of difficulty).
Required Textbook
Liou, KuoNan. An Introduction to Atmospheric Radiation. 2nd ed. Burlington, MA: Academic Press, 2002. ISBN: 0124514510.
Reference Textbook
Goody, R., and Y. Yung. Atmospheric Radiation. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 1989. ISBN: 0195102916.
Calendar
Calendar Legends
(P): Lecture taught by Prof. Ronald Prinn
(M): Lecture taught by Dr. Robert McClatchey
Course calendar.
LEC # 
TOPICS 
KEY DATES 
1 
Course Overview and Role of Radiation in Climate System (P and M)
 Global Energy Budget
 Chemical Composition and Radiative Effects
 Thermal Structure of the Atmosphere


2 
Physics of Radiation (P)
 Thermodynamic Concepts
 Energy Levels in Molecules


3 
Molecular Spectroscopy (P)
 Absorbtion and Emission Rules
 Spectra (Rotational, Vibrational, Electronic)
 Line Shapes


4 
Equation of Radiative Transfer (M)
Derivation  Special Cases


5 
Equation of Radiative Transfer (cont.) (M)
Fluxes and Simple Solutions  Radiative Equilibrium Approximation (Exercise 1)


6 
Modeling Atmospheric Transmission and Emission (M)
The HITRAN Data Base and Applications (Exercise 2)

Exercise 1 due 
7 
Modeling Atmospheric Transmission and Emission (cont.) (M)
Band Models (Weak Line, Strong Line, Random, Regular, k Distribution)

Exercise 2 due 
8 
Modeling Atmospheric Transmission and Emission (cont.) (M)
MODTRAN  R.M. (Exercise 3)


9 
Scattering of Radiation by Molecules and Particles (1 Class Period) (M)
 Single Scattering
 Size Distributions
 Mie Scattering (Exercise 4)

Exercise 3 due 
10 
Multiple Scattering (1 Class Period) (M)
Discrete Ordinates (Exercise 5)

Exercise 4 due 
11 
Remote Sensing (4 Class Periods) (cont.) (M)
 Scattered Sunlight (Observations from Ground, from Satellite)
 Retrieval of Gases, Particulate Information, Surface Properties

Exercise 5 due 
12 
Remote Sensing (cont.) (M)
 Thermal Emission
 Weighting Functions
 Temperature and Water Vapor Retrieval
 Limb Scanning


13 
Remote Sensing (cont.) (M)
Application of MODTRAN to Remote Sensing (Exercise 6)


14 
Remote Sensing (cont.) (M)
Miscellaneous Topics and Summary (Microwave Remote Sensing, Active Remote Sensing  LIDAR and RADAR)

Exercise 6 due five days after Lec #14 