By Hans Volland
Prior to the distance age, meteorologists hardly ever paid specific consciousness to the peak areas above the tropopause. What used to be identified concerning the top surroundings above approximately a hundred km got here primarily from ionospheric and geomagnetic learn. The zone in among, almost immediately often called the center surroundings, was once nearly terra incognita above the peak available through balloons. It used to be house examine that allowed for the 1st time direct entry to center and higher atmospheric heights. approximately forty years in the past, Sidney Chapman coined a brand new notice 'aeronomy' to explain the research of those top areas. whilst requested in regards to the distinction among aeronomy and meteorology, he allegedly answered: 'it is equal to among astronomy and astrology' . This light irony exhibits the popular prejudice of many ionospheric physicists and geomagneticians in these days towards meteorology as a descriptive instead of a precise technological know-how, even with the presence of such giants as Carl Rossby and Hans Ertel.
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1 %. , Frohlich, 1987). 1 %. Larger changes of the solar constant of the order of 1% or more at time scales of hundreds of years may have occurred in the past (Sakurai, 1984). -02--. t 100 UJ o :::J t- 5 c( t 50 o LYMAN 50 100 a 150 200 300 WAVELENGTH (nm) Fig. 1. Penetration depth of solar radiation as function of wavelength. Altitudes correspond to attenuation of I/e. The principle absorbers and ionization limits are indicated (from Herzberg, 1965). Most of the energy of solar radiation is within the visible light at wavelengths 380 to 780 nm.
This scattering depends on the size of the particles; (d) Clouds scatter and absorb light. , Brasseur and Solomon, 1984). On the other hand, molecular heat conduction can be neglected below 100 km altitude. , Bolle, 1982). 3 the albedo. The factor 4 arises from the global mean of So. Tcq is the temperature at the cloud tops near 4 km altitude. The temperature difference between Teq and Ts is due to the well known greenhouse effect: 41 External Energy Sources the lower atmosphere is transparent to the incoming short wave radiation and is optically thick for the outgoing long wave radiation.
9) yield a temperature profile (called the Bates profile) given by To = Tx - (Tex.. 13) The Bates profile well simulates observations of the global mean thermospheric temperature profile (Rawer, 1984). 02gexp [ - (Too-800F] -1 1200 2 km (Jacchia, 1977). The increase of the temperature with altitude toward the asymptotic value T xc indicates a downward heat flux. 13) shows that the exospheric temperature is a fair measure of solar EUV heat input. 7 cm solar radio flux. 7 cm flux averaged over several solar rotations.