Climate Earth-1

Weathergeek By Weathergeek, 10th Feb 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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This new blog post will evaluate the importance of climate education, to help people understand how the climate works.

Blog #1

Chapter 1: Solar Activity Impacts on Earth
A. Incoming Solar Radiation
B. Absorbed Radiation
C. Cloud Scattering
D. Atmosphere Scattering
E. Earth Surface Scattering
F. Greenhouse Effect

A. Incoming Solar Radiation
When we look at this concept we are talking about the sun and the radiation that leaves the sun and enters the earth.

B. Absorbed Radiation
This is looking at the radiation that is incoming and gets absorbed, the earth’s surface does absorb this radiation, however it depends on various aspects to determine what type and how much will take place. Here are a few examples (Dark Soil absorbs more than light soil)(Choppy waters absorb more than calm waters)(Clear skies absorbs more than cloudy skies)(Dry surfaces absorb more than wet surfaces, such as water ponds and snow cover). So it is very important that you know what type of surface you are dealing with on the earth as all of these types do exist.

C. Cloud Scattering
The rule of thumb here is clouds will scatter more energy than if you have a clear day. So during the day if you have cloudy skies, you tend to have cooler days, while clear nights tend to be cooler than cloudy nights, this has to deal with the clouds scattering the energy.

D. Atmospheric Scattering
The atmosphere itself also scatters incoming solar radiation so this can have an impact on how much solar radiation reaches the earth’ surface.

E. Earth Surface Scattering
The surface of the earth has different levels of scattering as well, we noted above about the absorption, well this section is just the opposite. (Calm waters scatter more energy than choppy waters)(Light soils scatter more than dark soils)(Cloudy skies scatter more than clear skies)(Wet surfaces scatter more than dry surfaces, just take a look at a place that has snow cover and the sun shining and you can see this firsthand how it is very bright.

F. Greenhouse Effect
The greenhouse also plays an important role in this, as we noted above on cloudy nights or cloudy days, some of the energy that is already on the earth’s surface keeps getting scattered back down to the surface in a repetitive process.

The importance of understanding how the above items work in regards to solar activity is that the sun is a huge driving factor in our climate, and if you realize that some places on the earth see more conditions than others from the list above.


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