Friday, May 20, 2016

Energy Balance Diagrams From Around the Solar System

These come from Chris Colose on Twitter.


Incredible: only 22 W/m2 of sunlight is absorbed by Venus's surface, with 780 times as much from longwave radiation from the atmosphere.

These are all in the fashion of the Trenberth Energy (Im)balance diagram you see everywhere (which ought to be called Trenberth-Fasullo-Kiehl diagram, since it comes from their joint paper):


Even Earth's surface absorbs twice energy from much atmospheric IR as it does from sunlight! 

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