1-12: Global Energy Balance
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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.)
(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:
Planet earth emits the exact same amount of energy back to outer space that it receives from the sun. Then how can the surface of the planet warm up without upsetting this energy balance?