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lab_05_questions - 27.4 GEOG/ESPM 1425 Lab 5 Energy Balance...

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Page 1 of 5 GEOG/ESPM 1425 Lab 5: Energy Balance Model 75 points Name __________________________________________ Lab day ______________ To begin, please go to our lab web page, or: http://www.shodor.org/master/environmental/general/energy/energy.html And please note the following: When you run the model, you will get an output table; use the values in the Final Temp column (degrees C ) ) Use the “global mean temperature,” given below the output table. The “zones” (left column of output table) indicate degrees of latitude (N or S; doesn’t matter) 1. The “solar constant” is the amount of solar radiation that is incident at the top of the earth’s atmosphere. Explore how sensitive the model is to changes in the solar constant. What happens to the temperature in each latitude zone if the solar constant is increased by 2%? ( Type in a value of 1.02 in the box titled Fraction Solar Constant .) decreased by 2%? ( Type in a value of 0.98 in the box titled Fraction Solar Constant .) Record your results on the attached table. Are the temperature changes that result from changes in the solar constant the same for each latitude zone? Which latitude zone is most affected?
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