2_ENV1020_Climate

2_ENV1020_Climate - Climate Chapter 2 ENV1020...

Info iconThis preview shows pages 1–10. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Climate Chapter 2 ENV1020 Principles of Ecology
Background image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
Physical and chemical factors influence life in the biosphere Main abiotic factors determining the biosphere’s structure and dynamics are: Solar energy Water: humidity, salinity, tides Temperature Wind Soil structure pH Nutrient content Disturbances (e.g fire) One of Ecology’s main goals is to explain the distribution and abundance of life on Earth
Background image of page 2
Regional climates , especially temperature and rainfall (precipitation) affect the distribution of biological communities on land and in water The biosphere = sum of all of Earth’s ecosystems: Life-sustaining part of the Atmosphere Land down up to ~2 miles under earth surface Aquatic systems Oceans to a depth of several miles
Background image of page 3

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
The Physics of Climate Patterns All bodies, large and small emit radiant energy (radiation). The wavelength of the radiation emitted by a body depends on its temperature. Short wavelength Long wavelength High Energy Low energy (heat) (light and heat)
Background image of page 4
Incoming Solar energy: Short-wave Outgoing energy: long-wave Hard to penetrate atmosphere (Greenhouse effect) Earth Intercepts Solar Radiation
Background image of page 5

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
01/31/11
Background image of page 6
Background image of page 7

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
Mean Daily Global Temperatures change with Latitude and Season January July Winter Summer Summer Winter
Background image of page 8
Annual, Diurnal and Latitudinal Variations in Solar Radiation Daily Annual Latitudinal
Background image of page 9

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
Image of page 10
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

This note was uploaded on 08/26/2011 for the course ENV 102 taught by Professor Steve during the Spring '11 term at CUNY Hunter.

Page1 / 23

2_ENV1020_Climate - Climate Chapter 2 ENV1020...

This preview shows document pages 1 - 10. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ask a homework question - tutors are online