Video: 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 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 the Tool

Tool Name Energy Balance with a Greenhouse Atmosphere
Discipline Physics, Earth Sciences
Topic(s) in Discipline ·  Blackbody Radiation

·  Stefan-Boltzmann Law

Climate Topic ·  Planetary Energy Balance

·  Climate and the Atmosphere

Type of Tool Video (micro-lecture)
Grade Level High school, Undergraduate
Location Global
Language English
Developed by Prof. David Archer, the University of Chicago
Hosted at Kaltura, video hosting platform
Access Online
Computer Skills Basic


greenhouse-effect-royal-soc ( Image Credit : US EPA, Royal Society)



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