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Atmospheric System


Describe the functioning of the atmospheric system in terms of the energy balance between solar and longwave radiation

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Atmospheric System


Describe the functioning of the atmospheric system in terms of the energy balance between solar and longwave radiation

 
 

insolation = incoming solar radiation

The atmosphere is an open energy system receiving energy from both the sun and the earth.

Incoming radiation from the sun is short wave, outgoing radiation is long wave.

The sun's energy drives all weather systems and climates. Most is absorbed in tropical latitudes and redistributed to polar latitudes.

 

natural vs. enhanced greenhouse effect

The greenhouse effect is a natural process that enables life to exist on earth. However, human activity is increasing the natural process, warming the climate and contributing to global warming and climate change.

 

 

Earth's Atmospheric energy balance

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TASK

  1. Make notes on the information above
  2. Read pp 52-54 [Core Book] 
  3. Answer q a - c p 54
  4. EXTRA: Create a narrated animation describing and explaining the atmospheric energy budget using Explain Everything

FURTHER READING

141-146 Patterns and Change Book (Guinness)

 
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External Forcings


Explain the changes in the balance of solar and longwave radiation due to external forcings (changes in: solar radiation, albedo of the atmosphere and longwave radiation returned to space)

External Forcings


Explain the changes in the balance of solar and longwave radiation due to external forcings (changes in: solar radiation, albedo of the atmosphere and longwave radiation returned to space)

task

  1. Read pp 146 - 149 Patterns and Change Book
  2. Make detailed notes with diagrams under the headings provided
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Global Climate Change


Discuss the causes and environmental consequences of global climate change

Global Climate Change


Discuss the causes and environmental consequences of global climate change

 
 

natural vs. human causes of climate change

  1. List the different causes of climate change in two columns
 
 

greenhouse gases

 

history of atmospheric CO2

 
 

environmental consequences of climate change

task

  1. Read pp 152-155 Patterns and Change Book
  2. Annotate an A3 world map with effects of global climate change

  3. Access the resources below and add to your world mp

 

 
 

other resources - cLimate change impacts

 
 
 
 

bangladesh

 

aral sea

lake chad

 
 

podcast bbc radio 4

 
 

further reading

Core Book // pp 54-56