Lecture9-10-Radiation

Lecture9-10-Radiation - MPO551:Lectures910 Radiation

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MPO 551: Lectures 9 10 Radiation (Chapter 4, Wallace and Hobbs)
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Outline Applications of radiation EM spectrum Absorption Scattering Emission Planetary energy balance Remote sensing Vertical profile of radiative heating
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Applications: Radiation balance Q net TOA    ( r v a h )    ( r v o T )
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Applications: Radiation balance
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Applications: Radiative heating profiles Stratocumulus topped boundary layer (see Wood 2011 review)
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Applications: Remote sensing
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Observed water vapor feedback (Soden 2005) 6% per degree warming (predicted from Clausius Capeyron)
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What is the fate of a beam of light as it passes through the atmosphere? Absorption Scattering Emission
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Different degrees of freedom of different molecules lead to a partitioning of energy into these different types, which affects the specific heat of a gas (see Thania’s notes!) Absorption line spectrum Absorption So solar radiation passes through the atmosphere largely unaffected More complex molecules have more vibrational and rotational modes
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This note was uploaded on 01/08/2012 for the course MPO 551 taught by Professor Zhang,c during the Summer '08 term at University of Miami.

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Lecture9-10-Radiation - MPO551:Lectures910 Radiation

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