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1 Hydrosphere Partitioning… Total = 1.36 x 10 9 km 3 water

2 Earth’s water balance (Fluxes per year) Ocean Volume = 1.4x 10 9 km 3 Oceanic Evaporation Rate = 3.2x10 5 km 3 /yr Groundwater Volume = 8.4x10 6 km 3 (o.6%) River+Lake Volume = 2x10 5 km 3 (o.014%) Atmosphere Volume = 1.3x10 4 km 3 Runoff Rate = 3.6x10 4 km 3 /yr

3 89% of rain falls over oceans Land receives ~11% of ocean’s evaporation (36,000 km 3 ) Twice as much water evaporates (&transpires) from land as runs off it e.g. rain on land falls three times on average before it gets back to sea

4 Residence times in ground, rivers, & atmosphere Residence time defined as the (Volume of ‘Reservoir’)/(Rate of flow through Reservoir) For groundwater = 8.2x10 6 km 3 / 3.74x10 4 km 3 /yr = 224 years For rivers & lakes = 2x10 5 km 3 / 3.74x10 4 km 3 /yr = 5.3 years For atmosphere = 1.3x10 4 km 3 / 3.8x10 5 km 3 /yr = 12 days

5 Biggest Rivers (11,205km 3 /yr; 31% of runoff) RiverDrainage Area (km 2 ) Discharge (km 3 /yr) Amazon5.78x (half) Congo4.01x Yangtze1.94x Brahmaputra9.35x Ganges1.06x Yenisei2.59x Mississippi3.22x Orinoco8.80x Lena2.42x Parana2.30x

6 N.American Drainage Basins

7 Global Rain

8 Why do raindrops not grow to be huge?

9 Why do raindrops not grow to be huge? They self-destruct once they grow too big!

10 Atmosphere temperature & condensation Adiabatic effects on rising and sinking air: Air cools when it rises & is decompressed. Air warms up when it descends & is compressed. (reason why a bike pump gets hot when pumped)

11 Atmosphere temperature & condensation

12 Stable Air

13 A mechanism to lift air/trigger condensation

14 Another way to lift air…(warm front) Moderate Precipitation ~200 km 1/200

15 Different Variation (cold front)… ~100 km 1/100

16 Lifting-precipitation reason for climate belts

17 Global climate

18 Coriolis Force key influence on weather fronts & storms (Cyclonic effects)

19 Cyclonic Effects (Coriolis Revisited)

20 Mid-latitude cyclone

21 Life cycle of a thunderstorm Condensation (rain) releases heat, fuels ascent Unstable warm air rises Downdrafts cut off fuel (warm air) & storm dies

22 A hurricane can circumvent this limit…

23 Hurricane wind & rain structure

24 Regions where hurricanes form… Warm water = hurricance fuel.

25 Hurricane paths near US

26 Two Cyclones: What difference & why?

27 New Orleans Experience Hurricane surge (wind-driven waves was up to 28ft above sealevel — new record for US) Why were Mississippi & Alabama also severely affected, but not Texas? Path of Katrina’s eye N.O.

28 New Orleans— Flooding from Hurricane Surge & Rain Path of Katrina’s eye

29 New Orleans Experience — Flooding (Marshak Fig )

30 Estimating Threat from Flooding (Recurrence Interval)


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