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The Greenhouse Effect of the Atmosphere


A video micro-lecture that discusses Earth’s energy balance and the greenhouse effect of the atmosphere.

Students will learn how to determine the surface temperature of planet Earth with no atmosphere and with 1- and 2-layer atmosphere. They will also understand the greenhouse effect of the Earth’s atmosphere.

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:

  1. Why does the surface temperature of Earth increase due to the greenhouse effect of the
    Earth’s atmosphere?
  2. What is the energy budget of a bare blackbody Earth and of Earth with an atmosphere?
About Tool
Tool Name Energy Balance with a Greenhouse Atmosphere 
Discipline Physics, Earth Sciences
Topic(s) in Discipline Blackbody Radiation, Stefan-Boltzmann Law, Planetary Energy Balance, Earth’s Climate, Planetary Climate, Atmosphere
Climate Topic Planetary Energy Balance, Climate and the Atmosphere
Type of tool Video (micro-lecture) 
Grade Level High School, Undergraduate
Location Global
Language English
Translation      –
Developed by Prof. David Archer, The University of Chicago
Hosted at The University of Chicago 
Access Online
Computer Skills Basic


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