g104_class14_atmospheric circulation

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Atmospheric Circulation - air moves because of pressure differences - large scale air motion is influenced by Coriolis effect - horizontal air motion drives ocean circulation - atmosphere and ocean circulation have similarities Geography 104 - “Physical Geography of the World’s Oceans”
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greatest solar heating is in equatorial region more reflection at high latitudes longer path through atmosphere at high latitudes Earth’s radius = 6371 km atmosphere’s thickness ~100 km so figure not to scale
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solar radiation at Earth’s surface (W m -2 )
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cumulonimbus cloud density, rising air, condensation
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mean sea surface T & S
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Coriolis Effect (summary) - Motions in a rotating frame will appear deflected to the right in the northern hemisphere - Motions in a rotating frame will appear deflected to the left in the southern hemisphere - Motions are not deflected on the equator, greatest deflection at poles, varies with latitude
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vertical structure of atmosphere air temperature cools with height in troposphere
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This note was uploaded on 01/06/2010 for the course GEOG 104 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at UCSB.

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