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ATM 102

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ATM 102 ATM 102- introduction to weather and climate

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Week 1 of notes
Intro to weather and climate
Dr. Hynes
Class Notes
Natural Science
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Edmond.S on Saturday January 16, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to ATM 102- introduction to weather and climate at University of Miami taught by Dr. Hynes in Spring 2015. Since its upload, it has received 133 views. For similar materials see Intro to weather and climate in Environmental Science at University of Miami.

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Date Created: 01/16/16
Nitrogen: 80% composition Oxygen: 20%composition Inert gases: Ar,Ne,He,Xe Water vapor (invisible gas): Variable gas in earth atmosphere Temperature decreases rapidly with altitude Residence time in atmosphere: 10 days Carbon dioxide: Concentration: 360ppm Enters atmosphere by: plant and animal respiration, natural combustion… Exits by: photosynthesis 150 years of timelife Methane: Concentration: 1.7ppm Sources of mission: cows stomach, coalmines, gas pipelines, oil wells Absorber of thermal radiation 10 years of timelife Oxygen: not a greenhouse gas Ozone: Vital to life in stratosphere, harmful for plants and humans in troposphere Concentration: stratosphere- up to 15 ppm at about 25km Atomic oxygen from higher parts of the atmosphere collides with molecular oxygen in the atmosphere Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs): Collective name given to a series of compounds containing fluorine, chlorine and carbon atoms ATMOSPHERE VERTICAL STRUCTURE Pressure and density decreases Density= Mass x Volume Pressure= Force / Area As elevation increases, pressure decreases Air is compressible; density varies, (acts like springs piled up) Pressure variation in water is incompressible, (acts like bricks piled up) For each 16 km height increase, pressure drops by factor of~10 Temperature profile is more complex than pressure or density.


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