By Ilias Vardavas, Frederic Taylor

Radiation concept and measurements are on the center of the weather swap debate. This new publication describes intimately the elemental physics utilized in radiative move codes which are a key a part of weather prediction versions. the elemental rules are prolonged to the atmospheres of the Earth and the opposite planets, illustrating the greenhouse impact and different radiation-based phenomena at paintings. a number of chapters take care of the concepts and measurements for tracking the Earth's radiation finances and therefore monitoring worldwide switch and its results. distant sensing tools on satellite tv for pc and the idea of distant sensing also are coated. The booklet is the 1st entire new e-book on atmospheric radiation in additional than a decade, and the 1st to hyperlink the theoretical and experimental points of the topic to the modern weather challenge.

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The resulting slow, global, overturning motion known as the thermohaline circulation transfers heat, salt and tracers around the globe. The motions near the surface are mainly the result of wind drag, transferring momentum from the atmosphere to the surface and near-surface layers of the water. The wind also generates surface waves that further affect the coupling between wind and water, and produce vertical as well as horizontal motions. These cause turbulent mixing of the top ∼10–100 m, producing the nearly isothermal mixed layer.

Its high reflectivity to solar radiation provides a cooling mechanism that can change relatively rapidly as condensation and melting processes have the potential to alter the planetary albedo from 5% to 80%. Ice sheets store a large amount of water and so are a potential source of sea–level variations. 1 13 Oceanic circulation Any understanding of the role of the atmospheric circulation in global energy balance is not complete without a corresponding appreciation of the energy budget of the ocean.

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