What is the Earth's energy budget?
Earth's energy budget refers to the tracking ot how much energy is flowing into and out of the Earth's climate, where the energy is going, and if the energy coming in balances with the energy going out.
Understanding the Earth's energy budget can help to predict future effects of global warming and to understand the various flows of energy on the Earth, Additionally, knowing how Earth's energy budget balances can provide insight into how the energy from the Sun interacts with the atmesphere
For the energy budget to balance, all that needs to occur is: Earth's energy Balance Earth's energy Imbalance
The incoming energy from the Sun . The outgoing infrared radiation from the Earth and its atmosphere.
Here's a diagram showing the incoming and outgoing energy in a balanced example of Earth's energy budget. Reflected Incoming 102 Wn 341 W/sted 78 W/m2 199 w oin Energy Radiation 102 W/m2 Absorbed by 341 W/m Atmosphere louds adiation atmosphere & 239 W/m Latent Heat 80 W/m Infrared bsorbed RadiationAtmosphere Passes through Absorbed356 W/m y Surface) 332 W/m Absorbed by Surface 161 W/m2 Convection Evaporation 17 W/m2 341 W/m2 Surface Radiation 396 W/m2
Earth's energy budget is vital in establishing the Earth's climate.
The incoming energy to the outgoing energy from the Eart actually balance. Changes in the composition of Earth's atmosphere alters the quantity of energy absorbed and reflected by the atmosphere. Also to add to this is human activities h and the not