Reading: Atmospheric Dynamics and Hadley Cells

Intertropical Convergence Zone

A reading that discusses the use of the law of conservation of angular momentum to explain the extent of Hadley cells

Students will learn to derive atmospheric dynamics equations for a model of Hadley circulation (based on Farrell’s theory).

Use this tool to help students find answers to:

  1. According to Farrell’s theory, what factors determine the extent of Hadley cells?


About the Tool:

Tool Name Hadley Cells
Discipline Earth Sciences, Physics
Topic(s) in Discipline ·         Hadley Cell, Hadley Circulation

·         Heat Transport in the Atmosphere

·         Atmospheric Circulation

·         Law of Conservation of Angular Momentum

Climate Topic Climate and the Atmosphere
Type of Tool Reading
Grade Level High school, Undergraduate
Location Global
Language English
Developed by Mark E. Piana
Hosted at Harvard University
Access Online
Computer Skills Basic