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Radiation and climate change FS 2015

Assignments

The aim of this course is to develop a thorough understanding of the fundamental role of radiation in the context of climate change.

This course consists of 2 contact hours per week (see Semesterprogramm), Friday 08:15h-10h in RZ F21. It is taught by Martin Wild.

The course covers the following topics:

Basic radiation laws; sun-earth relations; radiation in the atmosphere; radiation as driver of climate change (faint sun paradox, Milankovic ice age theory, solar cycles); radiation balance of the Earth (satellite and surface observations, modeling approaches); anthropogenic perturbation of the Earth radiation balance: greenhouse gases and enhanced greenhouse effect, air pollution and global dimming/brightening. Implications of dimming/brightening for climate change.


Module: Physical Basis of Radiation

download here pdf of lecture slides from  20.2. 2015 


Module: Sun Earth Relationships

download here pdf of lecture slides from  27.2. 2015 and 6.3 2015


Module: Radiation in the Atmosphere

download here pdf of lecture slides from  13.3. 2015


Module: Present state of Earth Radiation Balance

download here pdf of lecture slides from  20.3. 2015

download here pdf of lecture slides from x.x 2015


Further Reading:
Cloud radiative forcing: Ramanathan et al
CERES satellite mission: Wielicki et al and CERES Brochure
SRB from satellite: Pinker et al


Module: Radiation over Earth history

download here pdf of lecture slides from x.x 2015


Module: Variations of the Earth Radiation Balance and decadal climate change

download here pdf of lecture slides from x.x 2015

Further Reading:
Earth radiative Imbalance: Hansen et al
Decadal variations in TOA radiation budget Wielicki et al
Measuring the greenhouse effect at the surface: Philipona et al
Global dimming and brightening: Wild et al SCIENCE
Global dimming versus greenhouse warming: Wild et al GRL

Global Dimming and Brightening: A review: Wild JGR

Enlightening Global Dimming and Brightening: Wild BAMS

Global dimming and terrestrial carbon uptake: Mercado et al. Nature


Computer Lab Exercices

Note: The exercices will take place in room NO D39 (computer lab)

Download here task sheet for Exercice 1 (energy balance model) in computer lab (27.3.2015)

Download here a short introduction into the model used in the computer lab (26.3 2015)

Download here the intro and discussion slides of Exercice 1 (x.x 2015)

Download here task sheet for Exercice 2 (x.x 2015)

Download here a short introduction to Exercice 2 (x.x 2015)

Download here the intro and discussion slides of Exercice 2 (x.x 2015)

Download here a the CDO reference card for Exercices 2 and 3


Download here task sheet for Exercice 3 (x.x 2015)

Download here a short introduction to Exercice 3 (x.x 2015)

Download here the intro and discussion slides of Exercice 3 (x.x 2015)

Semester Exam to obtain credit points (3) (Benotete Semsterleistung / graded semester performance):

29.5. 2015: Starts 8 30, takes place in RZ F21, covers all material discussed in the lectures and in the computer lab. NO supporting material allowed (keine Hilfsmittel), except a simple pocket calculator with trigonometric and power functions (no calculators on smartphones, no pocket computers). Emphasis is on understanding of concepts.

 

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