Explain the forces that drive global circulation patterns and how those patterns determine weather and climate.
Global climate patterns are driven by a combination of unequal heating of Earth by the Sun, atmospheric convection currents, the rotation of Earth and the Coriolis effect, Earth's orbit around the Sun on a tilted axis, and ocean currents. The unequal heating of Earth is the driver of atmospheric convection currents. These air curculation patterns are further modified by the deflecting action of the Coriolis effect. The tilt of Earth's axis of rotation causes seasonal changes in temperature and precipitation as Earth orbits the Sun. Ocean currents are driven by a combination of temperature, gravity, prevailing winds, the Coriolis effect, and the locations of continents. Together, prevailing winds and ocean currents distribute heat and precipitation around the globe.
Objective: Explain the forces that drive global circulation patterns and how those patterns determine weather and climate.
The Kenya Wildlife Service now says it has closed access to the gorges at the hell's gate national park in Naivasha, until the rainy season ends. This follows the death of seven members of the Dagoretti Mukarara church youth group, who were swept away by heavy flash floods on Sunday. All over the country floods continued to wreak havoc especially in Narok and in Kitengela. Andrew Ochieng has more.
Earth's energy balance will enable you to understand radiative equilibrium. You will also be able to recognize that the temperature of earth depends on the amount of solar energy that it absorbs.
Kevin Trenberth, distinguished climate scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric research, and colleagues developed a diagram of Earth's Energy budget from 2000-2004 that has been widely cited in both scientific and educational circles. This video explains the content within the diagram to enhance basic understanding of both incoming shortwave radiation and outgoing longwave radiation within the Earth system. The resulting energy in the Earth system nets nearly a 1% imbalance. How have greenhouse gases contributed and what is the cause and consequences of this enhanced greenhouse effect? This video will get you started.
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