Standard 6.3
The Role of solar energy
The student will investigate and understand the role of solar energy in driving most natural processes within the atmosphere, the hydrosphere, and on the Earth’s surface. Key concepts include
a) the Earth’s energy budget;
b) the role of radiation and convection in the distribution of energy;
c) the motion of the atmosphere and the oceans;
d) cloud formation; and
e) the role of heat energy in weather-related phenomena including thunderstorms and hurricanes.

The Earth's energy budget

Radiation and convection distribute heat energy around the globe

The role of heat energy in cloud formation and weather