Activity 5: Effects of greenhouse gases

Dr. Cecilia Scorza and Moritz Strähle
Status: Mar 2023

With this central activity in the climate case, it is shown experimentally in two different ways that CO2 absorbs thermal radiation and the back radiation of the atmosphere is made vivid with a thermal imaging camera.

  1. Part: CO2 absorbs radiant energy (absorption measurement)
  2. Part: Infrared radiation is intercepted (transmission measurement).
  3. Part: Why does an absorption of infrared radiation in the atmosphere lead to a heating of the
    earth surface? (Back radiation of the atmosphere)


h5p-study unit for the activity:

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    Video: The effect of greenhouse gases

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