Greenhouse warming potentials from the infrared spectroscopy of atmospheric gases

Title:
Greenhouse warming potentials from the infrared spectroscopy of atmospheric gases
Authors:
Elrod, Matthew J.
Abstract:
The greenhouse warming potential is a relative measure of the capacity of a specific chemical species to trap infrared radiation as heat in the Earth's atmosphere, and is a scale that has been used to establish regulatory strategies for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. A model is described that allows a straightforward, spreadsheet-based determination of greenhouse warming potentials from the infrared spectra of atmospheric gases. On the basis of the numerical results of the model, students are able to investigate the molecular properties that are characteristic of greenhouse gases and thus are able to understand the rationale behind the recent agreement by the world's industrialized nations to reduce certain greenhouse gas emissions.
Citation:
Elrod, M.J. 1999. "Greenhouse Warming Potentials from the Infrared Spectroscopy of Atmospheric Gases." Journal of Chemical Education 76: 1702.
Publisher:
American Chemical Society, Division of Chemical Education
DATE ISSUED:
1999-12-01
Department:
Chemistry
Type:
article
PUBLISHED VERSION:
10.1021/ed076p1702
PERMANENT LINK:
http://hdl.handle.net/11282/309797

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorElrod, Matthew J.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2013-12-23T16:18:06Zen
dc.date.available2013-12-23T16:18:06Zen
dc.date.issued1999-12-01en
dc.identifier.citationElrod, M.J. 1999. "Greenhouse Warming Potentials from the Infrared Spectroscopy of Atmospheric Gases." Journal of Chemical Education 76: 1702.en_US
dc.identifier.issn0021-9584en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11282/309797en
dc.description.abstractThe greenhouse warming potential is a relative measure of the capacity of a specific chemical species to trap infrared radiation as heat in the Earth's atmosphere, and is a scale that has been used to establish regulatory strategies for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. A model is described that allows a straightforward, spreadsheet-based determination of greenhouse warming potentials from the infrared spectra of atmospheric gases. On the basis of the numerical results of the model, students are able to investigate the molecular properties that are characteristic of greenhouse gases and thus are able to understand the rationale behind the recent agreement by the world's industrialized nations to reduce certain greenhouse gas emissions.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherAmerican Chemical Society, Division of Chemical Educationen_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1021/ed076p1702en
dc.subject.departmentChemistryen_US
dc.titleGreenhouse warming potentials from the infrared spectroscopy of atmospheric gasesen_US
dc.typearticleen_US
dc.identifier.journalJournal of Chemical Educationen_US
dc.subject.keywordAtmospheric chemistryen_US
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