An online reading to help students understand the energy balance of planet earth, Stefan-Boltzmann’s Law and solar energy flux received by planet Earth to calculate its surface temperature. This resource can be used to demonstrate the greenhouse effect of the atmosphere by calculating the surface temperature of a bare blackbody earth, a blackbody earth with a 1-layer atmosphere.

About the Tool

Tool Name ACS Climate Science Toolkit | How Atmospheric Warming Works
Discipline Earth Sciences
Topic(s) in Discipline Greenhouse Effect; Planetary Energy Balance; Blackbody Radiation; Stefan-Boltzman Law
Climate Topic The Greenhouse Effect; Climate and the Atmopshere
Type of Tool Reading
Grade Level Undergraduate
Language English
Developed by ACS Climate Science Toolkit
Hosted at American Chemical Society
Access Online
Computer Skills Intermediate