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Earth’s Surface Energy Budget

  • Rudolf Geiger
  • Robert H. Aron
  • Paul Todhunter

Abstract

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.

Keywords

Wind Speed Longwave Radiation Black Body Eddy Diffusion Evaporative Cool 
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Copyright information

© Friedr. Vieweg & Sohn Verlagsgesellschaft mbH, Braunschweig/Wiesbaden 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • Rudolf Geiger
    • 1
  • Robert H. Aron
    • 2
  • Paul Todhunter
    • 3
  1. 1.Munich-PasingGermany
  2. 2.Department of GeographyCentral Michigan UniversityMount PleasantUSA
  3. 3.Department of GeographyUniversity of North DakotaGrand ForksUSA

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