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Atmosphere and Surface Energy Balances CH 4: (christopherson 7th)

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transmission
the passage of shortwave and longwave energy through either the atmosphere or water
scattering
redirecting the radiation without altering its wavelenghts represents 7% of earth's albedo
diffuse radiation
some radiation that is diffused by clouds
refraction
the speed of insolation entering the atmosphere changes as it passes from one medium to another, bending of this radiation
albedo
reflective quality of a surface
reflection
returned energy
cloud-albedo forcing
increase of albedo and reflection of radiation caused by clouds
cloud-greenhouse forcing
increase in greenhouse warming caused by clouds
global dimming
the decline in suns ability to light the earth due to pollutants in the air
absorption
assimilation of radiation by molecules of a substance and its conversion from one form to another
conduction
molecule to molecule transfer of energy as it diffuses through a substance
convection
when physical mixing involves a strong vertical motion
advection
when the dominant motion is horizontal