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Introduction to Atmospheric Physics  

  • Basic equations and definitions (temperature structure of the atmosphere, scale height, adiabatic temperature gradient).
  • Global energy balance of the earth
  • Radiation of the sun, penetration depth, stratification, radiative transfer, greenhouse effect.
  • Atmospheric chemistry, ozone layer.
  • Atmospheric dynamics, Navier-Stokes equation in rotating frame of reference, gravity waves, tides.
  • Experimental techniques (e.g. Lidars and radars, rocket-borne instruments).