Greenhouse Molecules, Their Spectra and Function in the Atmosphere

  title={Greenhouse Molecules, Their Spectra and Function in the Atmosphere},
  author={J. Christopher Barrett},
  journal={Energy \& Environment},
  pages={1037 - 1045}
  • J. Barrett
  • Published 2005
  • Environmental Science
  • Energy & Environment
INTRODUCTION The Earth's atmosphere is largely composed of the diatomic molecules, dinitrogen, N 2 , and dioxygen, O 2 ; 78.08% and 20.93% by volume respectively. They are radiatively inactive as is explained below. The remaining 0.97% is made up from argon (0.93%), carbon dioxide, (CO 2 0.037%), methane, (CH 4 0.00017%), dinitrogen monoxide, (N 2 O 0.000032%) and even smaller amounts of carbon monoxide, ozone, (O 3) and the Group 18 inert gases, neon, helium, krypton and xenon. There are also… Expand

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