L03-Rotating-Sphere

L03-Rotating-Sphere - Natural Environments The Atmosphere...

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Natural Environments: The Atmosphere GE 101 – Spring 2011 Boston University Myneni Lecture 03: Rotating Sphere Jan-26-11 (1 of 15) Outline Further Reading: Chapter 03 of text book - Introduction - Latitudes and Longitudes - Map Projections - Time
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Natural Environments: The Atmosphere GE 101 – Spring 2011 Boston University Myneni Lecture 03: Rotating Sphere Jan-26-11 (2 of 15) Earth as Rotating Sphere Let us begin to lay the foundation for the first part of the course, which is - Energy balance of the earth system that is, What energy comes in, how it changes form, what goes out The energy source for the earth is the sun. Therefore, we need to look at the earth-sun astronomical relationship We begin by looking at the earth as a Rotating, Orbiting Sphere From this we will be able to answer many questions about the basic climate of the earth - Why are there seasons? - Why is there such a temperature difference between the equator and poles? - What effect does this temperature difference have on the circulation of the atmosphere and oceans
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Natural Environments: The Atmosphere GE 101 – Spring 2011 Boston University Myneni Lecture 03: Rotating Sphere Jan-26-11 (3 of 15) We begin by looking at the earth as a Rotating, Orbiting Sphere 12756 km 12714 km N S - Approximately spherical - Actually an oblate ellipsoid - Slightly compressed from north to south - Slightly bulging from east to west - But, we treat it as a sphere Shape of the Earth The Blue Marble
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Natural Environments: The Atmosphere GE 101 – Spring 2011 Boston University Myneni Lecture 03: Rotating Sphere Jan-26-11 (4 of 15) Because earth is effectively a sphere, the geometry,
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L03-Rotating-Sphere - Natural Environments The Atmosphere...

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