CHAPTER 7: Introduction to the Atmosphere

(g). Global Patterns of Shortwave Energy Receipts

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


Figure 7g-4: Average absorbed solar insolation at the Earth's surface: January 1984-1991. Highest values occur along the subtropical oceans of the Southern Hemisphere. Lowest values occur over areas of high surface reflection such as the South Pole, cloudy regions, and areas of low solar input like the high latitudes of the Northern Hemisphere. Color range: blue - red - white, Values: 0 - 350 W/m2. Global mean = 162 W/m2, Minimum = 0 W/m2, Maximum = 315 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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