Greenhouse Gases - IR Spectra

This animation allows students to explore the infrared spectra of greenhouse gases and depict the absorption spectra. Vibrational modes and Earth's energy spectrum can also be overlaid.

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Amanda Thompson
Katrina Genuis
P. Mahaffy
King's Center for Visualization in Science

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Teaching Tips

Teaching Tips

Helpful to read the "Getting Started", "Helpful Hints", and "Assumptions" tabs under the Help menu before using the simulation. Provide some starting points for exploring the relationships displayed in the simulation.

Educators might need to review Earth's energy balance and note that the energy that is emitted from Earth is longwave radiation.

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