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Simple Atmospheric Model


A reading that introduces a single-layer atmosphere model,  which is based on the emissivity of thermal radiation, to explain atmospheric warming.

Students will learn about the absorptivity and emissivity of grey bodies, the equation for planetary energy balance, and emission profiles of different sources while understanding a simple model to determine planetary surface temperatures.

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:

  • Define emissivity and absorptivity.
  • Describe the single-layer atmosphere model for atmospheric warming.
About Tool
Tool Name A Single-Layer Atmosphere Model
Discipline Physics, Earth Sciences
Topic(s) in Discipline Planetary Energy Balance, Atmosphere, Planetary Climate, Earth’s Climate, Atmospheric Warming, Blackbody Radiation, Emissivity, Absorptivity, Stefan-Boltzmann Law
Climate Topic Climate and the Atmosphere, Planetary Energy Balance
Type of tool Reading
Grade Level High School, Undergraduate
Location Global
Language English
Translation      –
Developed by American Chemical Society (ACS)
Hosted at American Chemical Society (ACS)
Access Online
Computer Skills Basic


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