Short Course Description
This is a second year undergraduate course that deals with the Physics of the Atmosphere.
Full syllabus is to be published
The course will cover topics in (1) Radiative Transfer, (2) Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere and (3) Cloud Physics.
The first part will include the definition of energy flux, radiance and irradiance, the equation of radiative transfer, and basic processes in the atmosphere: absorption, scattering (Rayleigh, Mie, Geometric) and reflection.
The second part will focus on remote sensing methods of the atmosphere; passive and active sensors, and some retrieval schemes to extract common atmospheric quantities such as water vapor, ozone, NO2 and aerosols (AOD).
The third part will cover topics in cloud physics and will include the importance of clouds in the radiative budget on earth and their effect on climate, formation of warm and cold clouds, aerosol effect on clouds and on the radiative budget of earth (indirect and semi-direct effects), and observation methods of clouds and rain (in-situ and remote-sensing).