701-1232-00L  Radiation and Climate Change

SemesterFrühjahrssemester 2016
DozierendeM. Wild, W. Ball
Periodizitätjährlich wiederkehrende Veranstaltung

KurzbeschreibungThis lecture focuses on the prominent role of radiation in the energy balance of the Earth and in the context of past and future climate change.
LernzielThe aim of this course is to develop a thorough understanding of the fundamental role of radiation in the context of climate change.
InhaltThe course will cover the following topics:
Basic radiation laws; sun-earth relations; the sun as driver of climate change (faint sun paradox, Milankovic ice age theory, solar cycles); radiative forcings in the atmosphere: aerosol, water vapour, clouds; radiation balance of the Earth (satellite and surface observations, modeling approaches); anthropogenic perturbation of the Earth radiation balance: greenhouse gases and enhanced greenhouse effect, air pollution and global dimming; radiation-induced feedbacks in the climate system (water vapour feedback, snow albedo feedback); climate model scenarios under various radiative forcings.
SkriptSlides will be made available, lecture notes for part of the course
LiteraturAs announced in the course