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 NameEnergy Balance with a Greenhouse Atmosphere
DisciplinePhysics, Earth Sciences
Topic(s) in Discipline· Blackbody Radiation
· Stefan-Boltzmann Law
Climate Topic· Planetary Energy Balance
· Climate and the Atmosphere
Type of ToolVideo (micro-lecture)
Grade LevelHigh school, Undergraduate
Developed byProf. David Archer, the University of Chicago
Hosted atKaltura, video hosting platform
Computer SkillsBasic


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