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6.5.2020 at 08:00 - 26.5.2020 at 23:59



Master’s Programme in Atmospheric Sciences is responsible for the course.

Module where the course belongs to:

  • ATM300 Advanced Studies in Atmospheric Sciences
    Compulsory for:
    1. Study Track in Remote Sensing
    2. Study Track in Meteorology

The course is available to students from other degree programmes.

  • Introduction to meteorology and weather observations, Atmospheric thermodynamics
  • Suitable courses at the University of Helsinki are Atmospheric Thermodynamics (53604)

You will understand "how radiation works" and will be provided a solid conceptual and mathematical foundation for further studies.

Can be taken in the early or later stages of studies.

The course will be lectured every year in the I period.

This course familiarizes the students with the transfer of radiation in the atmosphere and the basics of meteorological optics and remote sensing. In particular, this includes

  • basic equations of radiative transfer
  • main features of scattering and gas absorption in the atmosphere
  • computational methods for treatment of gas absorption
  • thermal radiation and its transfer in the atmosphere
  • solar radiation and its transfer in the atmosphere
  • radiative properties of the surface
  • the effect of clouds on radiative transfer
  • the effect of aerosols on radiative transfer
  • factors affecting visibility.

Grant W. Petty, A First Course in Atmospheric Radiation, Sundog Publishing

Weekly lectures and exercises (individual work). Total hours 135.

Final grade is based on exercises (30%) and final exam (70%).

Exercises and final exam