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Solar Radiation Sun provides energy for life, powers biogeochemical cycles, and determines climate 69% of incoming solar radiation is absorbed by atmosphere.

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Presentation on theme: "Solar Radiation Sun provides energy for life, powers biogeochemical cycles, and determines climate 69% of incoming solar radiation is absorbed by atmosphere."— Presentation transcript:

1 Solar Radiation Sun provides energy for life, powers biogeochemical cycles, and determines climate 69% of incoming solar radiation is absorbed by atmosphere and earth Remainder is reflected Albedo The reflectance of solar energy off earth’s surface Dark colors = low albedo forests, ocean, asphalt Light colors = high albedo ice caps, desert sands, clouds

2 4 way Solar Radiation makes life on earth possible
warming the planet to a habitable temp powers the biogeochemical cycles allows producers to photosynthesize and feed other living organisms stored in fuels – wood, oil, coal, nat’l gas

3 Temperature Changes with Latitude
Solar energy does not hit earth uniformly Due to earth’s spherical shape and tilt Equator (a) High concentration Little Reflection High Temperature Closer to Poles (c) Low concentration Higher Reflection Low Temperature From (a) to (c) In diagram below

4 Temperature Changes with Season
Seasons caused by earth’s tilt (23.5°) Causes each hemisphere to tilt toward the sun for half the year Hem. Tilted toward sun receives more direct solar radiation & warmer temps. Northern Hemisphere tilts towards the sun from March 21- September 22 (warm season)

5 Temperature Changes with Season

6 Seasons Northern Hemisphere Summer Solstice – Earth tilts toward sun
Hem. tilted toward sun rec. more direct solar radiation Northern Hemisphere Summer Solstice – Earth tilts toward sun First day of Summer June 21 or 22 Autumnal Equinox – Earth along side sun First day of Fall Sept 21 or 22 Winter Solstice – Earth tilts away from sun First day of Winter Dec 21 or 22 Vernal Equinox – Earth along side sun First day of Spring Mar 21 or 22

7 The Atmosphere Invisible layer of gases that envelopes earth Content
21% Oxygen 78% Nitrogen 1% Argon, Carbon Dioxide, Neon and Helium, … Density decreases with distance from earth Shields earth from high energy radiation

8 Atmospheric Layers Troposphere (0-10km) Stratosphere (10-45km)
where we live where weather occurs temp decreases with altitude Stratosphere (10-45km) temp increases with altitude very stable Ozone layer absorbs UV Mesosphere (45-80km) down to -138oC, -216oF

9 Atmospheric Layers Thermosphere (80-500km) Exosphere (500km and up)
gases in thin air absorb x-rays and short-wave UV radiation = very hot, 1000oC, 1832oF source of aurora Exosphere (500km and up) outermost layer no distinct boundary between it and outer space just continues to thin

10 Atmospheric Circulation
Moves heat from equator to the poles Warm air rises, cools and splits to flow towards the poles ~30° N & S sinks back to surface air hits surface and splits to flow N & S air warms and rises again at ~60° N & S air sinks at poles

11 Heat is transferred throughout atmosphere in 3 ways
Radiation heat energy transferred in the form of rays or waves land and water absorb heat Conduction heat energy transferred through direct contact air above land is in direct contact with land *heat is always transferred from warmer to cooler Convection heat energy transferred through the flow of a fluid (liquid or gas) warm air rises because less dense cool air sinks because more dense

12 Surface Winds High Large winds due in part to high and low pressures caused by global circulation of air Winds blow from high to low pressure Little wind at latitudes of 0, 30, 60 & 90 because air rising or sinking Low High Low High Low High

13 Winds are named for the direction FROM WHICH they move
Prevailing Winds Winds are named for the direction FROM WHICH they move Polar Easterlies blow from East to West Between 90o and 60o N or S Prevailing Westerlies blow from West to East Between 30o and 60o N or S Trade Winds Between 0o and 30o N or S Which of these are “our“ winds?

14 Global Ocean Circulation
Prevailing winds produce ocean currents and generate gyres Example: the North Atlantic Ocean Trade winds blow west Westerlies blow east (these are our winds) Creates a clockwise gyre in the North Atlantic Circular pattern influenced by coriolis effect

15 Coriolis Effect Earth’s rotation influences direction of wind
Earth rotates from East to West Deflects wind from straight-line path Coriolis Effect Influence of the earth’s rotation on movement of air and fluids Turns them Right in the Northern Hemisphere Turns them Left in the Southern Hemisphere chalk board globe

16 Coriolis Effect Visualize it as a Merry-Go-Round (see below)

17 Global Ocean Circulation
Westerlies Trade winds

18 Position of Landmasses
Large landmasses in the Northern Hemisphere dictate ocean currents and flow Very little land in the Southern Hemisphere

19 Vertical Mixing of Ocean

20 Ocean Interaction with Atmosphere- ENSO
El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) Def: periodic large scale warming of surface waters of tropical eastern Pacific Ocean Alters ocean and atmospheric circulation patterns Normal conditions- westward blowing tradewinds keep warmest water in western Pacific ENSO conditions- trade winds weaken and warm water expands eastward to South America Big effect on fishing industry off South America

21 ENSO Climate Patterns

22 Weather and Climate Weather Climate
conditions in the atmosphere at a given place and time temperature, precipitation, cloudiness, etc. Climate average weather conditions that occur in a place over a period of years 2 most important factors: temperature and precipitation Earth as many climates


24 Rain Shadows Mountains force humid air to rise
Air cools with altitude, clouds form and precipitation occurs (windward side) Dry air mass moves down opposite leeward side of mountain

25 Tornadoes Powerful funnel of air associated with a severe thunderstorm
Formation Mass of cool dry air collides with warm humid air Produces a strong updraft of spinning air under a cloud Spinning funnel becomes tornado when it descends from cloud Wind velocity= up to 300mph Width ranges from 1m to 3.2km

26 Hurricanes / Tropical Cyclone
Giant rotating tropical storms Wind >119km per hour Formation Strong winds pick up moisture over warm surface waters Starts to spin due to Earth’s rotation Spin causes upward spiral of clouds Damage on land High winds Storm surges

27 Internal Planetary Processes
Layers of the earth Crust (oceanic & continental), mantle, core Lithosphere – crust + upper mantle rigid rock layer tectonic plates Asthenosphere – lower mantle molten Plate Tectonics - study of the processes by which the lithospheric plates move over the asthenosphere

28 Plate Boundary- where 2 plates meet
3 types convergent – plates moving toward each other volcanoes & EQ divergent - plates moving away from each other mid-ocean ridges, volcanic activity transform – plates sliding/grinding past each earthquakes Mantle Convection Causes plate movement Convection currents in asthenosphere move beneath lithosphere and drag plates along

29 Plates and Plate Boundaries

30 Types of Plate Boundaries
Convergent Plate Boundary: plates move toward each other oceanic-continental crust = subduction of oceanic plate (as shown) Examples: Andes Mountains Cascade Range in Oregon and Washington state – Mt. Saint Helen’s continental-continental = no subduction; HUGE mountain ranges Himalayas, Apalachian Mountains

31 Types of Plate Boundaries
Divergent Plate Boundary: plates move away from one another Examples: Mid-Atlantic Ridge

32 Types of Plate Boundaries
Transform Plate Boundary: plates move horizontally in opposite, parallel directions Examples: San Andres Fault, CA

33 Earthquakes Caused by the release of accumulated energy as rocks in the lithosphere suddenly shift or break Occur along faults Energy released as seismic wave Focus- where earthquake originates below the surface Epicenter- located on the earth’s surface, directly above the focus Richter scale and the moment magnitude scales are used to measure the magnitude

34 Tsunami Giant undersea wave caused by an earthquake, volcanic eruption or landslide Travel > 450mph Tsunami wave may be 1m deep in ocean Becomes 30.5m high on shore Magnitude 9.3 earthquake in Indian Ocean Triggered tsunami that killed over 230,000 people in South Asia and Africa

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