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An introduction to atmospheric circulation

by National Institute of Education

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Course Description

This is a short introduction to the general circulation in Earth's atmosphere. Students should have learnt about the general composition of the atmosphere and should be familiar with the concept of radiation balance and energy balance in the atmosphere before reading this introduction. While the material presented is fairly elementary to understanding how prevalent winds on the planetary level redistribute the excess energy in the tropics to the rest of the globe, the material contained herewith afford insights into one's understanding on how the Earth's climate works.

You should read the materials in the following order:

1. Concepts of pressure
2. What drives wind?
3. Earth's general circulation
4. Monsoons
5. Local winds

An introduction to atmospheric circulation
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