Introduction to Tropical Meteorology, 2nd Edition, Chapter 1: Introduction

Introduction to Tropical Meteorology, 2nd Edition, Chapter 1: Introduction
At the end of this chapter, you should be able to:
  • Understand the concept of radiation balance between intake and loss of energy by the earth and atmosphere
  • Describe the role of the tropics in the global climate system
  • List the mechanisms that allow for exchange of energy between the surface and the atmosphere
  • Recall at least three methods of defining the tropics
  • List the components of the surface energy budget
  • Understand the atmosphere and ocean transport in the global energy balance
  • Describe how latent heat and tropical deep convection fit into the global energy budget
  • Relate the tropical tropopause height to higher latitude tropopause height
  • Recall the basic structure of the trade wind inversion and its impact on east-west cloud distribution over the tropical oceans
  • Describe the range of surface humidity in the tropics relative to higher latitudes
  • Describe the geographic and seasonal distribution of surface temperature and the factors that influence that distribution
  • Recall the typical diurnal distribution of temperature and factors that influence that distribution
  • Describe the meridional transport of angular momentum and the role of the tropics
  • Recall at least three tropical air masses and locations
  • Recall at least three tropical climate regions