Chapter 10-1 - Global Climate Systems Earth's Climate...

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1 Chapter 10 Global Climate Systems Global Climate Systems Earth’s Climate System and Its Classification Tropical Climates Mesothermal Climates Microthermal Climates Polar Climates Dry Arid and Semiarid Climates Climate Climate is weather over time Climatology is the study of climate Climatic regions are areas with similar weather statistics Earth’s Climate System and Its Classification Climate Components Insolation Æ f (latitude) Temperature Æ f (latitude, altitude, land-water heating differences, and the amount & duration of cloud cover) Pressure Air masses Precipitation Earth’s Climate System What is the key system that distributes energy and mass through the Earth’s climate system? Worldwide Average Precipitation Patterns? Western Europe inland toward the heart of Asia: precipitation decreases Æ Continentality Southern Asia: high precipitation values Æ Moisture-laden monsoonal winds Southern South America: wet western slopes & dry eastern slopes Æ Orographic effects
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2 Climatic Relationships
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This note was uploaded on 03/25/2008 for the course GEOG 203 taught by Professor Guneralph during the Spring '08 term at Texas A&M.

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