PG Chapter 10

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climatology
study of climate and its variability; analyzes long-term weather patterns over time and space and controls that produce Earth's diverse climatic conditions.
climate
the consistent, long-term behavior of weather over time, including its variability.
weather
short-term conditions of the atmosphere; temperature, air pressure, relative humidity, wind speed and direction, daylength, and sun angle are important measurable elements.
climatic region
an area of homogeneous climate that features characteristics regional weather and air mass patterns.
ecosystem
natural self-regulating communities formed by plants and animals in their non-living environments.
classification
process of grouping data or phenomena in related categories.
insolation
energy input into system.
pressure
global pressure and wind belts.
air masses
movement of air with differing characteristics.
genetic classification
climate classification that uses causative factors to determine climatic regions.
empirical classification
climate classification based on weather statistics or other data; classifications based on temperature and precipitation.
climograph
graphs of monthly temperature and precipitation, also contains average annual temperature and precipitation, and location.