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Unformatted text preview: MPO 551: Lecture 3
The Earth System
(Chapter 2, Wallace and Hobbs) Components
• History of the Atmosphere/Paleoclimate
• Hydrological Cycle (and land surface) History of the atmosphere Webster (1994)‐ see class website for copy of paper Hydrological cycle How does this relate to E and P? Equivalent SLR=
Mass/area of ocean/density of sea water
= 7 m for Greenland ?? For Antartica? Water Balance
E P T r T rin T rout
and globally Trin Trout E P
EP At what latitudes is Tr>0? Tr<0? Discussion questions • In the top figure of the blog, how do you explain the shapes of the two curves for precip. and evap. respectively? Are the areas under two curves the same ? And Why?
• In the middle figure, how do you understand and explain the changes of precp., evap. and P‐E at different latitudes? ...
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- Summer '08