SO262, Fall 2011

Quiz 1a

(4) If the sun radiated the bulk of its energy in the thermal infrared portion of the spectrum (the same wavelengths emitted by the earth), how would that change the thermal profile of the atmosphere?  You should briefly describe that that profile is, and then how you think it would change.

 Location A Location B Location C

The three graphs above show the number of hours of daylight throughout the year at three locations on earth.

(4) Where you think these three locations are, and how do you know?  Be as specific as possible, and for full credit each location should have a name.

(2) What do physical geographers study?  Spatial

(4) Why does these three map projection look so different?  Is one of them the best, and if so, why?

Consider 60° S latitude.  All of the following questions refer to this latitude.  You can compare these conditions to those elsewhere, but insure that you clearly state what happens at this latitude and why this happens.

·        (2) Which is greater at the top of the atmosphere, the amount of solar energy going downward, or the amount of energy going back out to space?  Why is this?

Latitudinal heat transfer

·        (2) Over the course of the year, when will the amount of energy coming in be greatest?  When will it be the least?  Why?

·        (2) How is the incoming energy different than the outgoing energy, in addition to the relative amounts?

SO262, Fall 2011

Quiz 1b

(4) If the sun radiated the bulk of its energy in the thermal infrared portion of the spectrum (the same wavelengths emitted by the earth), how would that change the thermal profile of the atmosphere?  You should briefly describe that that profile is, and then how you think it would change.

 Location A Location B Location C

The three graphs above show the number of hours of daylight throughout the year at three locations on earth.

(4) Where you think these three locations are, and how do you know?  Be as specific as possible, and for full credit each location should have a name.

(2) What do physical geographers study? Spatial

(4) Why does these two map projection look so different?  Is one of them better, and if so, why?

Consider 20° N latitude.  All of the following questions refer to this latitude.  You can compare these conditions to those elsewhere, but insure that you clearly state what happens at this latitude and why this happens.

·        (2) Which is greater at the top of the atmosphere, the amount of solar energy going downward, or the amount of energy going back out to space?  Why is this?

Latitudinal heat transfer

·        (2) Over the course of the year, when will the amount of energy coming in be greatest?  When will it be the least?  Why?

·        (2) How is the incoming energy different than the outgoing energy, in addition to the relative amounts?