Unformatted text preview: Problem#1: (a) What would be the annual mean net surface heat flux (Qsurf) in equilibrium if the ocean transported no heat? Recall the heat balance equation for the ocean: T c p h + ( uT ) = Qsurf = Qsolar - Qlh - Qsh - Qlw where Qocean = ( uT ) . t (b) Explain quantitatively (with equations, and numbers if you want) how the equilibrium heat balance of the cold tongue and western boundary regions would be different if the ocean transported no heat. Using that heat budget argument, explain how the SST would change. You can assume the solar radiation is given. Problem #2: "98% of Carbon in the atmosphere is naturally produced" -spokesman for Cooler Heads Coalition Is this a good argument against regulation of CO2 emissions? Why/why not? (You should probably consult the book to think about the natural vs non-natural sources and sinks of Carbon) Problem #3: 2.11 from Wallace and Hobbs Problem #4: Read http://www.gfdl.noaa.gov/blog/isaac-held/2011/06/29/13- the-strength-of-the-hydrological-cycle/ 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? MPO 551 Homework #1: Due September 12, 2011 In the middle figure, how do you understand and explain the changes of precp., evap. and PE at different latitudes? ...
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This note was uploaded on 01/08/2012 for the course MPO 551 taught by Professor Zhang,c during the Summer '08 term at University of Miami.
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