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HEAT & TEMPERATURE. Temperature Scales. Heat Transfer and Warming. What happens to the heat?. Where does the heat go?. It’s the Ocean!!!. Heat Capacity. Heat capacity is the amount of heat required to change an object’s temperature

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What happens

to the heat?

where does the heat go
Where does the heat go?

It’s the Ocean!!!

heat capacity
Heat Capacity
  • Heat capacity is the amount of heat required to change an object’s temperature
  • The oceans have 1000 x the heat capacity of the atmosphere

The Oceans are Earth’s heat capacitors

energy balance

Earth Warms

Energy Balance

A New Balance



A Warmer World


Earth Warms

Energy Balance:The Ocean Planet

This takes 1000 years!!!

heat transfer
Heat Transfer
  • Conduction
    • Molecule-to-molecule transfer
  • Convection
    • Energy transferred by movement
  • Advection
    • Horizontally dominant movement
  • Radiation
    • Energy traveling through air or space
heat transfer1
Heat Transfer

Figure 3.7


Distribution of Net Radiation:

R-Net Radiation

H-Sensible Heat

LE-Latent Heat

G-Ground Storage

Bowen Ratio= H/LE

principal temperature controls
Principal Temperature Controls  
  • Latitude  
    • Affects insolation (daylength, intensity)
  • Altitude  
    • High altitude has greater daily range
    • High altitude has lower annual average
  • Cloud Cover  
    • High albedo
    • Moderate temperatures – cooler days, warmer nights
    • Surface Characteristics- albedo, aspect

Figure 3.18


Causes of the Urban Heat Island:

1. increased RL↓ due to absorption of outgoing RL and re-emission by pollution.

2. decreased net RL↑ loss from canyons due to reduction in sky-view factor (SVF) by buildings.

3. greater shortwave radiation absorbed due to effect of canyon geometry on albedo.

4. greater day heat storage due to thermal properties of urban materials and its nocturnal release.

5. anthropogenic heat (QF) from building sides.

6. decreased evaporation (QE) due to removal of vegetation and surface ‘water proofing’ of city.

7. decreased loss of sensible heat (H) due to reduced winds in canopy.


Photograph (left) and thermal image (right) of a dense residential neighbourhood in Tokyo Japan. The skyline of the Shinjuku area of Tokyo is visible in the background. The thermal image was taken in early October during the late afternoon as the urban surface began to cool. The photograph was taken on a different day and is courtesy of M. Roth (National University of Singapore).