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E. C. Pielou

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780226668062

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226668055.001.0001

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Solar Energy and the Upper Atmosphere

Solar Energy and the Upper Atmosphere

(p.21) 4 Solar Energy and the Upper Atmosphere
The Energy of Nature

E. C. Pielou

University of Chicago Press

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

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