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Earth's Energy Budget Animations: Global View and Budget Breakout

Total solar irradiance (TSI) is the dominant driver of the Earth's climate. The global temperature of the Earth is almost completely determined by the balance between the intensity of the incident solar radiation and the response of the Earth's atmosphere via absorption, reflection, and re-radiation. Roughly 30 percent of the TSI that strikes the Earth is reflected back into space by clouds, atmospheric aerosols, snow, ice, desert sand, rooftops, and even ocean surf. The remaining 70 percent of the TSI is absorbed by the land, ocean, and atmosphere. In addition, different layers of the Earth's atmosphere absorb different wavelengths of light. Changes in either the TSI or in the composition of the atmosphere can cause climate change. Two conceptual science animations provide two different perspectives that both illustrate Earth's energy budget.
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A global view of Earth's response to total solar irradiance.    A global view of Earth's response to total solar irradiance.
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A close-up view of how different layers of the Earth and atmosphere absorb different wavelengths of light.    A close-up view of how different layers of the Earth and atmosphere absorb different wavelengths of light.
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Short URL to This Page:http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10395
Animation Number:10395
Completed:2009-02-19
Animator:Megan Willy (IRC/UMBC) (Lead)
Producer:Maria Frostic (UMBC)
Scientist:Michael Mishchenko (NASA/GSFC GISS)
Platform/Sensor/Data Set:SORCE
Goddard TV Tape:G2008-047 -- Glory Resource Reel
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Keywords:
SVS >> Climate
SVS >> Earth Science
SVS >> Energy
SVS >> Global Warming
SVS >> HDTV
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Atmosphere
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Atmosphere >> Atmospheric Radiation >> Solar Irradiance
SVS >> Climate Change
SVS >> Glory
SVS >> Copenhagen
NASA Science >> Earth
 
 


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Many of our multimedia items use the GCMD keywords. These keywords can be found on the Internet with the following citation:
Olsen, L.M., G. Major, K. Shein, J. Scialdone, S. Ritz, T. Stevens, M. Morahan, A. Aleman, R. Vogel, S. Leicester, H. Weir, M. Meaux, S. Grebas, C.Solomon, M. Holland, T. Northcutt, R. A. Restrepo, R. Bilodeau, 2013. NASA/Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Earth Science Keywords. Version 8.0.0.0.0

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