Visualization: Radiation Balance and the Climate of a Planet

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:

  1. Name some of the factors that affect the radiation balance of a planet.
  2. How does radiation balance influence the surface temperature of a planet?

About the Tool

Tool Name Planetary Climates: A Delicate Balance
Discipline Earth Sciences
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
Location  Global
Language English
Developed by Katrina Genuis, Kristen Tjostheim, Ashley Ritter, Dr. Peter Mahaffy, Brian Martin
Hosted at The King’s Centre for Visualization in Science
Access Online
Computer Skills Intermediate


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