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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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Energy in the Lower Atmosphere

Energy in the Lower Atmosphere

The Weather Near the Ground

(p.36) 5 Energy in the Lower Atmosphere
The Energy of Nature

E. C. Pielou

University of Chicago Press

Wherever the wind blows, some of its energy is dissipated — converted to entropy — by the shearing of air against air; this happens at all elevations. However, the losses are far greater in the lower-most layer because of friction with the surface — the drag of moving air as it passes across land or water. Drag also affects the direction of the wind, making atmospheric circulation far more complicated than it is aloft. This chapter discusses the following: surface winds; vertical movements of the air; water vapor and energy transfers; storms; how atmospheric energy is dissipated; and the energy in a rainstorm.

Keywords:   friction, drag, atmospheric circulation, surface winds, water vapor, storms, atmospheric energy

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