GEOL/METR/OCN 405:
Planetary Climate Change
(Spring 2018)

Lab Activity #3:
Concept Maps
about Insolation

Dr. Dave Dempsey
Dept. of Earth & Climate Sci.
SFSU


Concepts for Concept Map I-B


  1. brief
    irregular
    variations

  2. distance
    between
    earth and sun

  3. the earth's
    axis of rotation
    maintains
    its orientation
    relative to
    distant stars


  4. the earth's
    axis of rotation
    tilts
    relative to
    the plane
    of the
    earth's orbit
    around sun

  5. the earth's
    orbit is
    slightly
    elliptical

  6. the earth
    revolves
    around
    the sun

  7. the earth's
    surface
    is curved

  1. gradual
    increase
    over
    billions
    of years

  2. latitude

  3. length
    (number of hours)
    of daylight

  4. maximum daily
    (solar noon) insolation
    at top of atmosphere


  5. the radiative
    output of the sun


  6. small,
    regular
    11-year
    sunspot
    cycles

  7. small,
    longer
    cycles

  8. sun angle
    at noon

  9. time

  10. time of year

  11. time of year