Greenhouse warming potentials from the infrared spectroscopy of atmospheric gases
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.
Elrod, M.J. 1999. "Greenhouse Warming Potentials from the Infrared Spectroscopy of Atmospheric Gases." Journal of Chemical Education 76: 1702.
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