7 Water, Heat, & Climate 3

7 Water Heat, - 6 Cooler air from northern and southern latitudes moves to the equator 7 Air rising from the equator eventually moves to northern

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500,000 km 3 /day 5 x 10 14 L/day 5 x 10 17 g/day 2.7 x 10 20 cal/day 200,000 MT TNT Ocean Evaporation 500,000 km3/day How Much Energy? Roughly equivalent to 10,000 atomic bombs
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Effect on Climate
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Equinox Latent Heat and Climate
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Equinox Equinox Low Pressure
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Low Pressure
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Latent Heat Transport 580 cal/g 580 cal/g Surface wind Surface wind
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1. Equatorial latitudes receive more solar energy than other latitudes 2. Equatorial regions are dominated by oceans 3. Solar heat evaporates water near the equator ( water absorbs 580 cal/g ) 4. Warm, moist air rises from the equator 5. Rising moist air creates low pressure at the surface
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Unformatted text preview: 6. Cooler air from northern and southern latitudes moves to the equator 7. Air rising from the equator eventually moves to northern and southern latitudes carrying latent heat of vaporization obtained at the equator. 8. This air eventually cools and descends near 30 o latitude 9. Cool air condenses, releasing energy (580 cal/g) obtained at equator 10. The overall process cools the equator and warms northern and southern latitudes, redistributing heat globally....
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This note was uploaded on 02/10/2011 for the course SWS 2007 taught by Professor bonczek during the Fall '09 term at University of Florida.

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7 Water Heat, - 6 Cooler air from northern and southern latitudes moves to the equator 7 Air rising from the equator eventually moves to northern

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