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All systems have inertia built in. Amount of energy needed to cause unbalance in the system. Tipping point is the
point at which unbalance has happened. The Younger Dryas is an example of a tipping point. 1 GEO305 Global Warming Spring 2012 7. a) What is the current rate of sea level rise?
b) How would coastal Rhode Island look different in 10 years’ time, given this rate?
c) In 100 years’ time?
a) .1 inch per year, 2.6 mm per year b) Not much diﬀerent
c) Very diﬀerent. Most of the coastline will be under water due to sea level rise and massive amounts of erosion on the coast. 8. Figure 2.3 from our text (at right) shows the atmospheric circulation cells and the directions of
prevailing winds. Summarize why you think the
Hadley, Ferrel, and Polar Cells circulate in the
directions they do, with an explanation of how the
Coriolis Effect impacts these cells. Convection drives the Hadley, Ferrel and Polar Cells. The
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