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06. Greenhouse Effect, Habitability

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Published on Apr 5, 2012

The Atmosphere, the Ocean and Environmental Change (GG 140)

A simple model of the overall Earth's heat budget is derived. The Earth is assumed to be in equilibrium with the input of solar radiation balanced by the output of infrared radiation emitted by the Earth's surface. Using this model, the Earth's surface temperature is calculated to be cooler than in reality due to the lack of an atmosphere and the greenhouse effect in the model.

00:00 - Chapter 1. Earth Energy Balance
03:34 - Chapter 2. Black Body Radiation -- Wien's Law and Stephan-Boltzmann Law
16:05 - Chapter 3. Infrared Emission
18:08 - Chapter 4. Simple Model of Earth's Energy Balance
25:51 - Chapter 5. Equilibrium Calculations of Earth's Energy Budget
33:29 - Chapter 6. Greenhouse Effect in Earth's Atmosphere
40:39 - Chapter 7. Energy Budgets for Other Planets
45:24 - Chapter 8. What is a Greenhouse Gas?

Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website: http://oyc.yale.edu

This course was recorded in Fall 2011.

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