Reading: Hadley Circulation


A reading to learn about the Hadley Cell and a simple model for the Hadley Circulation, using the law of conservation of angular momentum.

In this reading, students will discuss and explore the effects of changes in atmospheric dynamics on Hadley circulation and will analyze the potential impacts on climate.

Use this tool to help students find answers to:

  1. What are Hadley Cells?
  2. What conditions might cause an extension of Hadley Cells? What could be the resulting effects on climate?

About the Tool 

Tool Name Hadley Cells
Discipline Geography, 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
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