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Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer of Planetary Atmospheres

ISBN : 9780199662104

Kelly Chance; Randall V. Martin
160 Pages
171 x 246 mm
Pub date
Feb 2017
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Spectroscopy and radiative transfer are rapidly growing fields within atmospheric and planetary science with implications for weather, climate, biogeochemical cycles, air quality on Earth, as well as the physics and evolution of planetary atmospheres in our solar system and beyond. Remote sensing and modeling atmospheric composition of the Earth, of other planets in our solar system, or of planets orbiting other stars require detailed knowledge of how radiation and matter interact in planetary atmospheres. This includes knowledge of how stellar or thermal radiation propagates through atmospheres, how that propagation affects radiative forcing of climate, how atmospheric pollutants and greenhouse gases produce unique spectroscopic signatures, how the properties of atmospheres may be quantitatively measured, and how those measurements relate to physical properties. This book provides this fundamental knowledge to a depth that will leave a student with the background to become capable of performing quantitative research on atmospheres. The book is intended for graduate students or for advanced undergraduates. It spans across principles through applications, with sufficient background for students without prior experience in either spectroscopy or radiative transfer. Courses based on this book are intended to be accompanied by the development of increasing sophisticated atmospheric and spectroscopic modeling capability (ideally, the student develops a computer model for simulation of atmospheric spectra from microwave through ultraviolet).


1 Basic solar and planetary properties
2 Elements of Math and Physics
3 Blackbody radiation, Boltzmann statistics, temperature, and thermodynamic equilibrium
4 Radiative transfer
5 Spectroscopy fundamentals
6 Line shapes
7 Atmospheric scattering
8 Radiation and climate
9 Radiative transfer modeling
10 Principles of atmospheric remote sensing measurements
11 Data fitting

About the author: 

Kelly Chance is a Senior Physicist at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and the Principal Investigator for the NASA/Smithsonian Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring of Pollution (TEMPO) satellite instrument that is currently being built to measure North American air pollution, including the U.S., Mexico, Canada, and Cuba at high spatial resolution, hourly from geostationary orbit (tempo.si.edu). He has been measuring Earth's atmosphere from balloons, aircraft, the ground and, especially, from satellites since receiving his PhD in Chemical Physics from Harvard in 1977. Measurements include the physics and chemistry of the stratospheric ozone layer, climate-altering greenhouse gases, and atmospheric pollution. For many years he taught the course Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer of Planetary Atmospheres at Harvard.; Randall V. Martin is Professor at Dalhousie University, and Research Associate at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. His degrees are from Cornell University (B.S.), Oxford University (M.Sc.), and Harvard University (M.S., Ph.D.). He has taught Radiative Transfer at Dalhousie for several years. His research is at the interface of satellite remote sensing and global modeling, with a focus on characterizing atmospheric composition to inform effective policies surrounding major environmental and public health challenges ranging from air quality to climate change. His professional honors include the Langstroth Memorial Teaching Award, an NSERC Steacie Memorial Fellowship, and selection to the Royal Society of Canada.

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