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Solar Radiation Learning Module
Study Guide on Solar Radiation
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PowerPoint Presentation Outline Notes for Solar Radiation
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View or Print the Study Questions for the Solar Radiation Tutorial
After completing the reading assignment and exploring the Web resources, study guide, and tutorial, review what you have learned with these quizzes:
Solar Radiation Multiple Choice Quiz
Quizzes, Tarbuck and Lutgens, Chapter 16, Key Concepts 4 and 5
Daily Solar Images
See live pictures of today's sun and connect to other solar images via this NASA web site.
Global Climate Animations
Watch animations of the month to month changes in the global energy balance and temperature.
Radiation Energy Balance
This University of Wisconsin site provides monthly maps of the earth's albedo, outgoing longwave radiation and net radiation balance. View images for January and July so that you can see seasonal trends.
Earth's Energy Balance - NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration)
Find out why NASA scientists conclude that earth's energy is out of balance.
A Primer on Solar Radiation Data
For an online resource on solar radiation data check this Renewable Resource Data Center online text.
If you are interested in solar power, visit the US Department of Energy site to find resources relating to solar energy technologies.
Why is the
Find out why the sky is blue and why sunrise and sunset are red. This site includes a brief discussion of the color spectrum.
How the Greenhouse Effect Works
Explore this BBC web site with its animated graphics on the greenhouse effect and an animated summary of climate change.
Dimming the Sun - Discoveries in Global Dimming
At this NOVA site, you learn how air pollution can mask global warming.
Carbon Dioxide Record from Mauna Loa
Go to this observatory on Mauna Loa, Hawaii. Examine the graphics to find out how carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere have changed between 1959 and 1999. Why is Mauna Loa considered a good site for recording carbon dioxide levels? What is the average % increase in carbon dioxide concentration from 1959 to 1999?
Carbon Dioxide Record from the Vostok Ice Core
Examine the graphics to find the changes in carbon dioxide concentration for the last 160,000 years based upon ice cores taken from the Antarctic. How has carbon dioxide content changed in 160,000 years? Are there any general trends?
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