Course Meeting Times

Lectures: 1 session / week, 2 hours / session

Labs: 1 session / week, 2 hours / session


Physical Chemistry (5.61), Advanced Calculus for Engineers (18.075), or permission of instructor


  • Radiation in climate system
  • Physics of radiation
  • Molecular spectroscopy
  • Equation of radiative transfer
  • Modeling atmospheric transmission and emission
  • Scattering of radiation by molecules and particles
  • Multiple scattering
  • Remote sensing

Required Textbook

Buy at Amazon Liou, Kuo-Nan. An Introduction to Atmospheric Radiation. 2nd ed. Burlington, MA: Academic Press, 2002. ISBN: 9780124514515.

Reference Textbook

Buy at Amazon Goody, R., and Y. Yung. Atmospheric Radiation. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 1995. ISBN: 9780195102918.


Based on grades from exercises (weighted by degree of difficulty).