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:
- Why does the surface temperature of Earth increase due to the greenhouse effect of the Earth’s atmosphere?
- 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|
|Developed by||Prof. David Archer, the University of Chicago|
|Hosted at||Kaltura, video hosting platform|
(Image Credit : US EPA, Royal Society)