Earth’s Surface Energy Budget
Radiation is the most important of all meteorological elements. It is the source of power that drives the atmospheric circulation, the oceanic circulation, and the hydrological cycle, and is the only means of energy exchange between the earth and the rest of the universe. In spite of this paramount importance, it is only in the present century that meteorologists have seriously turned their attention to radiation problems. The primary reasons for this involve the technical difficulties in the design and use of instruments for measuring radiation. These difficulties are much greater than those encountered with the coarser instruments for measuring temperature, air pressure, humidity, wind, and other climatic elements.
KeywordsWind Speed Longwave Radiation Black Body Eddy Diffusion Evaporative Cool
Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.