College of Arts and Sciences
Infrared Spectra were taken of carbon dioxide gas to calculate Radiative Forcing (RF) through IR cross-section analysis, as a beginning of the creation of a new Physical Chemistry laboratory series that investigates Greenhouse Gases and leads students to calculate Global Warming Potential (GWP). The average RF value was 4.29 x 10-4, compared to a literature3 value of 1.4 x 10-5 W m-2. Refinement of the experimental setup must occur as next steps in this research, in order to test more gases (nitrous oxide and methane) and to calculate their GWPs.
Chemistry, Physical and theoretical; Radiative Forcing; Greenhouse gases; Global warming--Research
Citation: Pilot Scholars Version (Modified MLA Style)
Otto, Madeline, "Finding Global Warming Potential of Greenhouse Gases Using Cross-Sectional Infrared Spectroscopy" (2019). Chemistry Undergraduate Publications, Presentations and Projects. 3.