This model/simulator shows the greenhouse effect of the Earth’s atmosphere and planetary energy balance of incoming solar radiation and outgoing radiation from the planet.

Students/learners are presented with a model Earth having two atmospheric layers and they of can manipulate “the absorptivity/emissivity of each atmospheric layer, the amount of convective heat flux transferred at each level, the intensity of solar radiation, and the albedo of the planet and determine the resulting temperature of the surface and each layer of the atmosphere as well as the magnitude of each heat transfer.”

About the Tool

Tool Name N-Layer Blackbody Atmosphere
Discipline Earth Sciences; Physics
Topic(s) in Discipline Greenhouse Effect; Heat Transfer; Convective Heat Flux; Vertical Energy Transfer in Earth’s Atmosphere
Climate Topic The Greenhouse Effect; Climate and the Atmosphere
Type of Tool Model/Simulator
Grade Level Undergraduate
Language English
Developed by Scott Denning (Colorado State University)
Hosted at Denning Research Group Toy Models
Access Online
Computer Skills Intermediate