SOLAR AND TERRESTRIAL RADIATION

Reading:
A&B: Ch2,3


Radiation - General
Atmospheric Influences on Radiation

Radiation Balance
 

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Review Questions

Lab 5

I. Electromagnetic Spectrum

II. Radiation Laws  [Problems]
     Stefan Boltzmann’s Law
     Wien’s Displacement Law
     Kirchoff’s Law

III. Scattering
     Mie and Rayleigh

IV. Atmospheric Window

V. Radiation Balance(animation)

VI. Spatial and Temporal Variability of Radiation Receipt
     Top of Earth's atmosphere vs. Earth's surface
         Solar constant
     Global patterns
     Seasons
     Day and Night (diurnal cycle)
     Clear vs. Cloudy conditions




RADIATION: BASIC CONCEPTS
GREENHOUSE EFFECT
SPATIAL PATTERNS
  • Display maps of the surface radiation budget fluxes and related variable using sample data to look at spatial patterns and controlsd. Select a variable from the list: (short, long, net all-wave radiation, cloud amount surface albedo, etc.) for either January or July. Read the text below the maps, which highlights the most important features.
  • Generate similar maps using the Climatic atlas: Select a statistic (monthly, seasonal, annual), the variable, the plot area (latitude/longitude limits), time period, and display option (fill/shade gives the clearest maps).
  • USA UV map

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