CHAPTER 7: Introduction to the Atmosphere

(g). Global Patterns of Shortwave Energy Receipts

Average Available Solar Insolation at the Earth's Surface: January 1984-1991


Figure 7g-2: Average available solar insolation at the Earth's surface: January 1984-1991. Highest values of available solar insolation occur at the South Pole due to high solar input and little cloud cover. High values also occur along the subtropical oceans of the Southern Hemisphere. Color range: blue - red - white, Values: 0 - 350 W/m2. Global mean = 187 W/m2, Minimum = 0 W/m2, Maximum = 426 W/m2. (Source: NASA Surface Radiation Budget Project).



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Citation: Pidwirny, M. (2006). "Global Patterns of Insolation Receipts". Fundamentals of Physical Geography, 2nd Edition. Date Viewed.


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