Budgets: Mass, Moisture, Energy

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Budgets: Mass, Moisture, Energy
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The uneven distribution of incoming and outgoing radiation is the primary driver of the climate system. The resulting flows of energy by the climate components (atmosphere, ocean, ice, etc) determine the climate. Ultimately, the net difference between incoming and outgoing radiation determines if the climate is changing. Hence, estimating and understanding energy transports is essential for current climate assessment and future prospects.

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Climatological annual mean energy budget for 2000–2005 (W m-2). (Trenberth & Fasullo, 2011)

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