Activity 4: Earth's radiation balance
While the earth is constantly irradiated by the sun, the earth also emits energy again in the form of thermal radiation - it is in radiation equilibrium. Without the atmosphere, however, the equilibrium temperature at which radiation equilibrium occurs would be about -18 °C. It is the greenhouse gases in the atmosphere that ensure life-friendly temperatures on Earth. However, if their concentration continues to rise, it will also become warmer and warmer on Earth.
- Part: What would be the average temperature on an earth without atmosphere?
- Part: What temperature on earth is caused by the natural greenhouse effect?
- Description to the activity from the guide (PDF / editable word document)
- Solution to the activity from the guide (PDF)
- DIN A3-backround text to the activity from the climate kit (all background texts for download)
- Backroundinformation about the earth with and without an atmosphere (PDF / PPT)
- Arrows and labels for download (PDF / PPT)
h5p-study units for the activity:
- Radiation balance of the earth without atmosphere
- Stefan-Boltzmann: Earth without atmosphere
- Radiation balance of the earth with atmosphere
- Stefan-Boltzmann: Earth with atmosphere
More materials like h5p-study units, videos and animations with Module - The Greenhouse effect and the radiative Equilibrium.
Mute Video: Earth radiation balance
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