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Unformatted text preview: Chapter 13: Earths Atmosphere and Climate Big Question Global Warming Is Happening: What Part Do We Play? Lesson 13 / ESRM 100 / University of Washington Is the Global Temperature Rising? Yes, and it is rising globally. Has the temperature risen steadily? Lesson 13 / ESRM 100 / University of Washington What Causes Climate Change and What Is Making It Get Warmer? Studies of ice cores show Earths surface temperature has varied over time. Lesson 13 / ESRM 100 / University of Washington The answer lies in the Earths energy balance between the amount of energy coming in from the sun and the amount of energy radiated out by the Earth. Lesson 13 / ESRM 100 / University of Washington Albedo Albedo: the percentage of light received by a surface that is reflected and scattered Lesson 13 / ESRM 100 / University of Washington Variation in the Suns Energy May Be A Reason for Climate Changes The suns energy seems to have varied over the ages....
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This note was uploaded on 10/09/2009 for the course ESRM 13570 taught by Professor Rob during the Fall '09 term at University of Washington.

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