Global energy balance

Exercise 7.1: The global energy balance is depicted in Figure 7.2 and an example of energy flows is discussed for the top of the atmosphere. This example demonstrates how the climate system as a whole maintains is energy balance. Similarly, individual components of the climate system such as the ocean, atmosphere or land maintain an energy balance otherwise they would either heat or cool over the cycle of one year. Request: Provide an energy balance equation for the surface of Earth. Use Figure 7.2 and list all incoming and outgoing energy quantities in form of an equation that demonstrates the energy surface balance. Provide a brief description (200 words) of your balance equation.

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