1. Course title

Atmospheric Radiation
Atmospheric Radiation
Atmospheric Radiation


2. Course code


Aikaisemmat leikkaavat opintojaksot 53624 Fysikaalinen meteorologia, 5 op

3. Course status: compulsory

-Which degree programme is responsible for the course?
Master's Programme in Atmospheric Sciences

-Which module does the course belong to?
ATM300 Advanced Studies in Atmospheric Sciences
compulsory for

  • Study Track in Remote Sensing
  • Study Track in Meteorology

-Is the course available to students from other degree programmes?

4. Course level (first-, second-, third-cycle/EQF levels 6, 7 and 8)

Master’s level, degree programmes in medicine, dentistry and veterinary medicine = secondcycle
degree/EQF level 7
Doctoral level = third-cycle (doctoral) degree/EQF level 8

-Does the course belong to basic, intermediate or advanced studies (cf. Government Decree
on University Degrees)?
Advanced studies

5. Recommended time/stage of studies for completion

-The recommended time for completion may be, e.g., after certain relevant courses have
been completed.

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

6. Term/teaching period when the course will be offered

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

7. Scope of the course in credits

5 cr

8. Teacher coordinating the course

Dmitri Moiseev 

9. Course learning outcomes

-Description of the learning outcomes provided to students by the course
- See the competence map (

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

10. Course completion methods

-Will the course be offered in the form of contact teaching, or can it be taken as a distance
learning course?
-Description of attendance requirements (e.g., X% attendance during the entire course or
during parts of it)
-Methods of completion

  • Exercises and final exam

11. Prerequisites

-Description of the courses or modules that must be completed before taking this course or
what other prior learning is required

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

12. Recommended optional studies

-What other courses are recommended to be taken in addition to this course?
-Which other courses support the further development of the competence provided by this

Fundamental concepts discussed in this course are used in:

13. Course content

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.

14. Recommended and required literature

-What kind of literature and other materials are read during the course (reading list)?
-Which works are set reading and which are recommended as supplementary reading?

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

15. Activities and teaching methods in support of learning

-See the competence map (
-Student activities
-Description of how the teacher’s activities are documented

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

16. Assessment practices and criteria, grading scale

-See the competence map (
-The assessment practices used are directly linked to the learning outcomes and teaching
methods of the course.

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

17. Teaching language

  • English
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