L11 Air Sea Interaction_Climate

L11 Air Sea Interaction_Climate - GEOL 107 L11 9/16/2011...

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GEOL 107 L11 9/16/2011 1 Introduction to Climate: an Ocean Ͳ Atmosphere system Chapter 6 Sun is the primary source of energy for our planet Planetary Fun: Size of the Sun Sun emits primarily short wavelengths Planetary Energy Balance Amount in (solar) = Amount out (earth) Input, solar radiation (insolation) Primary source of heat energy, the sun short Ͳ wave radiation Planetary Energy Budget Output, Earth±s radiation heat radiated by Earth long Ͳ wavelength radiation
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GEOL 107 L11 9/16/2011 2 Uneven Solar Heating acts to reduce the equator to pole temperature gradient Today: atmosphere Next week: ocean circulation Uneven heating results in convection Equator Pole Wind flows from high pressure to low pressure Hadley cell convection subtropical subtropical Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) Trade Wind Convergence Zone of intense rainfall, storms
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This note was uploaded on 11/21/2011 for the course ECON 404 taught by Professor Carrillo during the Spring '11 term at USC.

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L11 Air Sea Interaction_Climate - GEOL 107 L11 9/16/2011...

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