Atmospheric Radiation

Atmospheric radiation blockage.

The dependence of light transmission through the atmosphere on light wavelength. Because of Earth's atmosphere, many wavelengths of radiation cannot be observed by detectors or telescopes on Earth's surface. Only visible light, radio waves, and some ultraviolet light reaches sea level. (Image courtesy of NASA.)

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MIT Course Number

12.815

As Taught In

Fall 2006

Level

Graduate

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Course Description

This is an introduction to the physics of atmospheric radiation and remote sensing including use of computer codes. Subjects covered include: radiative transfer equation including emission and scattering, spectroscopy, Mie theory, and numerical solutions. We examine the solution of inverse problems in remote sensing of atmospheric temperature and composition.

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McClatchey, Robert, and Ronald Prinn. 12.815 Atmospheric Radiation, Fall 2006. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/earth-atmospheric-and-planetary-sciences/12-815-atmospheric-radiation-fall-2006 (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA


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