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

  1. the Earth’s energy budget;
  2. the role of radiation and convection in the distribution of energy;
  3. the motion of the atmosphere and the oceans;
  4. cloud formation;
  5. and the role of heat energy in weather-related phenomena including thunderstorms and hurricanes.
The concepts developed in this standard are:

GREENHOUSE EFFECT
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CONVECTION
Convection currents distribute heat energy in
the atmosphere and oceans

Cloud Convection