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London, Edward Arnold. Exercises 1. The total amount, or ﬂux, of energy entering the Earth’s atmosphere is measured in watts. Deﬁne ‘watts’. 2. Outline what is meant by the ‘electromagnetic spectrum’. 3. Deﬁne the Stefan–Boltzmann law. R. 1987. Boundary Layer Climates. 2nd edition. New York, Methuen. B. 1969. The Physics of Glaciers. Oxford, Pergamon. D. 1965. Physical Climatology. Chicago, University of Chicago Press. H. and Strahler, A. 1997. Physical Geography: Science and Systems of the Human Environment.
1 Radiation laws The emission of radiation by an object is described by the radiation laws. Note that a perfect black body is one which absorbs all the radiation falling on it and which emits, at any temperature, the maximum amount of radiant energy. A black body does not have to be black in colour. Indeed, snow is an excellent black body in the infrared part of the spectrum. In summary, the radiation laws include: 1. The Stefan–Boltzmann law, also known as Stefan’s law, a power law which states that the total energy radiated per unit 2.
Four units of sunlight are returned to space from surface reﬂection. Cloud reﬂection returns another 20 units of solar radiation. Back-scattering of sunlight returns 6 units to space. The total loss of shortwave radiation from these processes is 30 units. So, as it approaches the top of the atmosphere at around 150 km, the solar radiation spectrum possesses almost 100% of its original energy. By the time it penetrates to 88 km, most of the X-rays and some of the UV rays have been absorbed. As it moves into the lower, denser layers of the atmosphere, gas molecules, dust and other particles cause visible light rays to be scattered.