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CHAPTER 7: Introduction to the Atmosphere

(i). Net Radiation and the Planetary Energy Balance

Average Net Shortwave Radiation at the Earth's Surface: January 1984-1991


Figure 7i-3: Average net shortwave radiation 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 to 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). "Net Radiation and the Planetary Energy Balance". Fundamentals of Physical Geography, 2nd Edition. Date Viewed.


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