Many good online resources for Earth's Heat and Energy
Albedo/Temperature feedback Assignment** Due Sept 23
Water vapor feedback Assignment** Due Sept 23
(chapter 2 review questions 1-7. Key terms: Electromagnetic radiation, Electromagnetic spectrum, Shortwave radiation, longwave radiation, greenhouse effect, troposphere, stratosphere, albedo, albedo-temperature feedback, heat capacity, thermal inertia, sensible heat, latent heat (of melting and vaporization), lapse rate, Hadley Cell, ITCZ, Coriolis effect.
Reading Test #1 up to this point.
Climate Models (Chapter 3 pages 71-78) [slides 1-6] Key terms: control case, boundary conditions, climate simulations, climate data output, General Circulation Models, Radiative Convective Models, sensitivity tests, time dependent models.
Gyres, Gulf stream, California current, North Atlantic drift, Labrador current, thermocline, salinity, salt rejection, North Atlantic Deep Water, Antarctic Bottom Water, Mediterranean Outflow, Antarctic Intermediate Water)
(chapter 3 Key terms for pages 71-78)
chapter 3 review questions:
An 18 layer one-dimensional radiative convective model has 18 grid boxes, one for each of its 18 vertical layers. How many grid boxes does a two-dimensional energy balance climate model have if it has 18 vertical layers but also has 10 degree latitudinal resolution?
The two-dimensional energy balance climate model above is converted to a three dimensional general circulation model with 10 degree longitudinal resolution. How many grid boxes does this model have?
Describe what it means to parameterize grid box albedo.
The global equilibrium surface temperature is 288.2 K (15.1 deg C) for a model control run climate simulation. When carbon dioxide is doubled the new global equilibrium surface temperature is 290.2 K. If a doubling of carbon dioxide corresponds to a radiative forcing of 4.0 W/m2 what is the model's climate sensitivity in units of K/(W/m2)?