A visualization to learn about the factors that influence the climate of a planet.
Students will learn about radiation balance and the climate of different planets. They will vary parameters such as albedo, surface temperature, and distance from the Sun to observe the corresponding effects on climatic conditions.
Use this tool to help your students find answers to:
- Name some of the factors that affect the radiation balance of a planet.
- How does radiation balance influence the surface temperature of a planet?
About the Tool
|Tool Name||Planetary Climates: A Delicate Balance|
|Topic(s) in Discipline||What determines the Climate of a Planet, Energy balance, Albedo, Distance from Sun|
|Climate Topic||Planetary Climate|
|Type of Tool||Interactive Visualization|
|Grade Level||High School, Undergraduate|
|Developed by||Katrina Genuis, Kristen Tjostheim, Ashley Ritter, Dr. Peter Mahaffy, Brian Martin|
|Hosted at||The King’s Centre for Visualization in Science|