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Greenhouse effects due to man-made perturbations of trace gasesNitrous oxide, methane, ammonia, and a number of other trace constituents of the earth's atmosphere have infrared absorption bands in the spectral range from 7 to 14 microns. Despite their small amounts, these gases can have a significant effect on the thermal structure of the atmosphere by transmitting most of the thermal radiation from the earth's surface to the lower atmosphere. In the present paper, this greenhouse effect is computed for a number of trace gases. The nature and climatic implications of possible changes in the concentrations of N2O, CH4, NH3, and HNO3 are discussed.
Document ID
19770028683
Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
Authors
Wang, W. C. (NASA Goddard Inst. for Space Studies New York, NY, United States)
Yung, Y. L. (NASA Goddard Inst. for Space Studies New York, NY, United States)
Lacis, A. A. (NASA Goddard Inst. for Space Studies New York, NY, United States)
Mo, T. (NASA Goddard Inst. for Space Studies New York, NY, United States)
Hansen, J. E. (NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies New York, N.Y., United States)
Date Acquired
August 8, 2013
Publication Date
November 12, 1976
Publication Information
Publication: Science
Volume: 194
Subject Category
ENVIRONMENT POLLUTION
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
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