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CHAPTER 7: Introduction to the Atmosphere
 

(g). Global Patterns of Shortwave Energy Receipts

Average Absorbed Solar Insolation at the Earth's Surface: July 1983-1990

 

Figure 7g-5: Average absorbed solar insolation at the Earth's surface: July 1983-1990. Highest values occur over the subtropical oceans of the Northern Hemisphere due to high solar input and little cloud coverage. Lowest values occur in areas of high surface reflection such as snow/ice covered surfaces like Greenland, cloudy regions such as storm tracks, and areas of low solar input like the high latitudes of the Southern Hemisphere. Color range: blue - red - white, Values: 0 - 350 W/m2. Global mean = 158 W/m2, Minimum = 0 W/m2, Maximum = 323 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. http://www.physicalgeography.net/fundamentals/7g_4.html
 
 
 

 

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