A reading to learn about the energy balance of planet Earth and to understand atmospheric warming by using a single-layer atmosphere model.
Students will learn about emissivity and absorptivity. Further, they will learn about the greenhouse effect of the atmosphere by calculating the temperature of a bare blackbody earth and the temperature of a blackbody earth with a 1-layer atmosphere.
Use this tool to help your students find answers to:
- Define emissivity.
- Explain the difference between a blackbody and a greybody.
- “An atmosphere that absorbs and re-emits some of the radiation from a planet’s surface results in a surface that is warmer than if there were no atmosphere.” Discuss and explain with the help of a single-layer atmosphere model.
About the Tool
|Tool Name||ACS Climate Science Toolkit | How Atmospheric Warming Works|
|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|
|Developed by||ACS Climate Science Toolkit|
|Hosted at||American Chemical Society|