A Model/Simulation to learn about vertical energy (heat) transfer in the Earth’s system and planetary energy balance.
Students will vary parameters such as the solar constant and the planetary albedo to observe the corresponding effects on energy transfer from the Sun to the Earth and from the Earth to the atmosphere. They will learn about a simple energy balance model and its underlying physics.
As a teacher of Mathematics/ Statistics, you can use this resource to teach your students how to write code for the energy balance and Earth’s climate. Detailed instructions are provided by the author of the model. This code is in the “shiny” package of R.
The resource for coding contains four main components:
Use this tool to help your students find answers to:
|N-Layer Blackbody Atmosphere
|Earth Sciences; Physics
|Topic(s) in Discipline
|Climate Models, Atmosphere, Planetary Energy Balance, Planetary Climate, Earth’s Climate, Greenhouse Effect, Heat Transport, Convection, Atmospheric Physics, Convective Heat Flux, Vertical Energy Transfer, Earth’s Atmosphere
|Planetary Energy Balance, Greenhouse Effect, Climate and the Atmosphere
|Type of tool
|Scott Denning (Colorado State University)
|Denning Research Group Toy Models