Introduction to Atmospheric Science

IIT Madras Course , Prof. C. Balaji

Lecture 1: Introduction

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Introduction to Atmospheric Science by Science Prof. C. Balaji,Department of Mechanical Engineering,IIT Madras.For more details on NPTEL visit

Course Description :

Introduction - Atmosphere-A brief survey (Pressure, Temperature and Chemical composition,Vertical structure of the atmosphere and The Earth system) - Oceans The Earth system and Marine biosphere - The Earth system Hydrological cycle and Carbon cycle - The Earth system Carbon cycle contd..., and Carbon in the oceans Earth's crust - The Earth system -- Carbon in the oceans Earth's crust - Atmospheric Thermodynamics- Introduction - The hydrostatic equation - Hypsometric equation and pressure at sea level - Basic Thermodynamics - Concept of air parcel and dry adiabatic lapse rate - Potential temperature - Skew-T ln-P chart - Problems using Skew-T ln-P chart

Lifting Condensation Level (LCL) - Saturated Adiabatic and Psuedo-adiabatic processes - Equivalent potential temperature and wet bulb potential temperature - Normand's rule - Chinook winds - Problems on Chinook wind and static stability - Static stability-Brunt-Visala frequency - Conditional and convective instability - Static stability - Problems using radiosonde data and skew T ln P chart - The second law of thermodynamics Clausius Clapeyron relation - Atmospheric radiation Radiation laws - Planck's distribution and Inverse square law - Physics of scattering, emmision and absorption - Radiative Transfer Equation Derivation - Radiative heating profiles of the atmosphere - Climate Dynamics Introduction - Climate sensitivity and feedback - Climate change - Atmospheric dynamics

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