Category: Radiation Balance

Can Horizontal Radiation Fluxes Contribute to Net Column Heating?

1. Getting Started Radiative balance is a fundamental concept in Earth science that refers to the balance between incoming and outgoing radiation in the Earth’s atmosphere. The net radiation at the top of the atmosphere determines the overall energy budget of the Earth system and plays a critical role in shaping our climate. Traditionally, the

Do Self-Aggregation Simulations Depend Crucially on Radiative-Convective Equilibrium (RCE) Initial Conditions?

Introduction: Understanding Self-Aggregation Simulations and Radiative Convective Equilibrium (RCE) Self-aggregation simulations play a critical role in understanding the behavior of clouds and their impact on the Earth’s climate system. These simulations involve the spontaneous organization of moist convection into large, persistent cloud masses. A key aspect that influences the behavior of self-aggregation simulations is the

Unraveling the Complexity: Searching for a Simple Model of Greenhouse Gas Interaction with Infrared Radiation

The concept of greenhouse gases and their impact on the environment is of great interest to scientists and policy makers. Greenhouse gases trap heat in the atmosphere, leading to global warming and climate change. The most prominent greenhouse gases are carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), and water vapor (H2O). These gases absorb and re-emit infrared

Quantifying the Impact of Clouds on Earth’s Radiation Balance: Estimating Longwave Radiative Forcing from Shortwave Components

The Earth’s radiation budget is an important factor in the planet’s climate and weather patterns. The balance between incoming solar radiation and outgoing longwave radiation determines the energy available to the Earth’s atmosphere and surface. Clouds play a critical role in this balance by reflecting, absorbing, and emitting both shortwave and longwave radiation. Understanding the

Reconciling a Single Layer Greenhouse Model with Adiabatic Temperature Gradient and Optical Depth: Exploring Earth’s Radiation Balance

The greenhouse effect is a critical component of the Earth’s radiation budget and plays an important role in regulating the planet’s temperature. The greenhouse effect is the process by which certain gases in the atmosphere, such as carbon dioxide and water vapor, trap heat from the sun and prevent it from escaping back into space.

The Paradox of Clouds: Exploring the Positive Climate Feedback of Cooling Clouds

Clouds are an important part of the Earth’s atmosphere and play a crucial role in regulating the planet’s temperature. Formed when water vapor condenses into droplets or ice crystals, clouds can have both a cooling and warming effect on the Earth’s climate. While clouds have a net cooling effect on the planet, they also have

Why Earth Doesn’t Radiate at Absorption Wavelengths: Balancing the Radiation Budget

As humans, we are constantly trying to understand the world around us. One of the many mysteries we try to solve is why the Earth doesn’t radiate at wavelengths where there is strong absorption. The answer lies in the Earth’s radiation budget. The radiation budget The radiation balance, also known as the energy balance, is