Earth's Radiation Budget: Part 1
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This page first made public: Oct 27, 2006
This material is replicated on a number of sites as part of the SERC Pedagogic Service Project
- Introduce students to the Earths Radiation Budget (more info) ;
- Introduce students to the IRI/LDEO Climate Data Library (more info) and associated visualization tools ;
- Provide students with a hands-on laboratory measurement experience;
- Topics covered include:
- clear sky solar, terrestrial, and net radiation;
- angle of incidence and absorbed solar radiation.
Context for Use
- Background information related to ERBE;
- Lab instructions and questions;
- Data access and visualization links;
- Excel file for modification;
- Link to how to write-up lab reports of this type;
Teaching Notes and Tips
References and Resources
- The Earths Radiation Budget link provides good documentation for references and additional reading.
Other relevant links include:
- Here comes the sun from Plymouth State Meteorology Program.
- Sun Path
- Inverse Square law from University of Oregon.
- Planck Radiation Law Physics Applet (Physlet) from Davidson College Physics.