Global Energy Balance

A simple click-through animation from Scripps Institute's Earthguide program breaks the complex topic of the global energy balance into separate concepts. Slides describe the different pathways for incoming and outgoing radiation.

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Scripps Institution of Oceanography

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Teaching Tips

Teaching Tips

Be aware that re-emitted radiation is depicted in red, the same color as the reflected light on the previous slide. This may confuse some learners.

Review definitions of sensible and latent heat and other terms (long range emissions) or have students look up the terms and describe other places where these terms are provided.

The absorption slide shows the reflection line reflecting off water and absorption line hitting land. Reinforce that reflection and absorption can happen on land and water to dispel a common misconception that reflection only happens on water.

Encourage students to click on the various elements on each slide to obtain more information.

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