1-12: Global Energy Balance

1-12: En Español 1-12: Em Português

Importance of this Unit to the Course

The characteristics of solar radiation and atmospheric chemistry as described in previous units will be used in this unit as a basis for understanding the heating and cooling of the Earth's surface. What we learn in this unit will be the basis for understanding global warming and its consequences for the future of ecosystems.


Preparation for Discussion (You must complete this section before class.)

  1. Read the summary information. (Print text for offline revies; images only.)
  2. Take the Quiz
  3. Review additional reading material (this material is not covered in the quiz, but offers more ideas for online discussion)

Discussion (online / face-to-face) (See your portfolio for due dates and times)

A major component of the course is participation in the online dialog. The following types of comments are required:

The following may be used as discussion starters for the online dialog:

Additional Reading