Mini Lesson/Activity

Visualizing Earth’s Energy Imbalance by Latitude and Month (Student Activity)

Mini Lesson

This graph shows the average Earth’s Energy Imbalance along with the latitudinal zonal band per month from 2000-2017. 

the annual cycle of zonal standard deviation of net flux
Hakuba, Maria & Stephens, Graeme & Christophe, Bruno & Nash, Alfred & Foulon, Bernard & Bettadpur, Srinivas & Tapley, Byron & Webb, Frank. (2018). Earth's Energy Imbalance Measured From Space. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing. PP. 1-14. 10.1109/TGRS.2018.2851976. 

  1. Describe the latitude zone/s where you see the biggest range in values? Why do you think this is?
  2. What months do you observe the greatest change by latitude?
  3. What zones change the least? Why do you think this is?


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