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Solar Energy and the Upper Atmosphere

E. C. Pielou

in The Energy of Nature

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print May 2001 | ISBN: 9780226668062
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226668055 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226668055.003.0004
Solar Energy and the Upper Atmosphere

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The sun radiates in all directions, and only a tiny fraction of its output is intercepted by the earth, 150 million kilometers away. On average, the solar power received by the earth is 340 watts per square meter of surface or, more concisely, 340 W m−2. This chapter discusses the following: the solar energy budget; latitudinal temperature differences and the winds; the effect of the Earth's rotation; how the winds respond; jet streams; and Rossby waves.

Keywords: sun; solar power; solar energy budget; latitudinal temperature; winds; jet streams; Rossby waves

Chapter.  4738 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Biological Sciences

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