Radiation Balance of the Earth-Atmosphere System


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Radiation Balance of the Earth-Atmosphere System

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The Seasons

The effect of distance from the sun

Radiation from the Sun

How Strong is the Sun at Mars?

Electromagnetic Spectrum

Opacity of Atmosphere (no clouds)

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Solar Radiation Budget

The Effective Radiating Level ERL

Temperature and Altitude

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Absorbent Atmosphere

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Greenhouse Warming: a simple model

Effects of Enhanced CO2 initial change in radiation

Effects of Enhanced CO2 after rebalance

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How long to achieve balance?

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Effects of Low Clouds

Effects of High Clouds

Earth from Space

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Author: Francis Bretherton

Email: fbretherton@ssec.wisc.edu

Home Page: http://www.aos.wisc.edu/classpages/aos121br