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Radiation Balance and the Climate of a Planet


A Model/Simulation 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 Tool
Tool Name Planetary Climates: A Delicate Balance 
Discipline Earth Sciences
Topic(s) in Discipline Planetary Climate, Earth’s Climate, Radiation, Energy Balance, Albedo, Distance from Sun
Climate Topic Planetary Energy Balance 
Type of tool Model/Simulation 
Grade Level High School, Undergraduate
Location Global
Language English
Translation      –
Developed by Katrina Genius, Kristen Tjostheim, Ashley Ritter, Dr. Peter Mahaffy, Brian Martin 
Hosted at The King’s Centre for Visualization in Science
Access Online
Computer Skills Basic


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