SECTION II: The Atmosphere
Week 5, 2.2 Insolation and Temperature, ch 4 - Assignment 4: Submit Assignment using the corresponding link in the 'Submit Work' section

 
 


Reading Assignment:  Chapter 4
Insolation and Temperature


Unit (Chapter) Plan:
Contents 
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Activities 
(things you must do)
Abilities Acquired
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Contents (course topics):
The Impact of Temperature on the Landscape

Temperature: A Measure of Heat
Solar Energy
    Insolation
Basic Processes in Heating and Cooling the Atmosphere
     Radiation
     Absorption
     Reflection
     Scattering
     Transmission
     Conduction
      Convection
      Adiabatic Cooling and Warming
      Latent Heat
The Heating of the Atmosphere
Spatial and Seasonal Variations in Heating
      Latitudinal Differences
      Land and Water Contrasts
Mechanisms of Heat Transfer
     Atmospheric Circulation
     Oceanic Circulation
Vertical Temperature Patterns
     Lapse Rate
     Temperature Inversions
Global Temperature Patterns
     Prominent Controls of Temperature
     Seasonal Patterns
     Annual Temperature Range
People and the Environment: Global Warming and the Greenhouse Effect

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Activities (things you must do):
Read Chapter FOUR of your textbook
Visit this site <http://yosemite.epa.gov/oar/globalwarming.nsf/content/index.html>  to learn more about Global Warming and the Greenhouse Effect including: What is the problem? Greenhouse Gases? How serious is it?  What do we know? How much do we emit? Now? In the future?
Enhance you visualization of the impact of Global Warming on coastal regions cick here: <http://yosemite.epa.gov/oar/globalwarming.nsf/content/VisitorCenterCoastalResidents.html>
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Abilities Acquired (what you learned):

By the end of this chapter you should be able to:
1.- Explain why the Sun is so dominant a source of energy for Earth
2.- Explain why the Earth receives so little solar energy
3.- Contrast between longwave and shortwave radiation.
4.- Explain the concept of a blackbody.
5.- Explain the difference between conduction and transmission; and between absorption and reflection.
6.- Explain the natural greenhouse effect in Earth’s atmosphere.  How might humans be enhancing the natural greenhouse effect?
7.- List the most important natural greenhouse gases.
8.- Explain the importance of the so-called greenhouse effect to the heating of Earth’s surface.
9.- Discus the concept of albedo
10.- Contrast between continental climates and  maritime climates in terms of greater temperature extremes.
11.- Describe the pattern of flow of major surface ocean currents in a typical ocean (the Coriolis effect).
 

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