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Climate

For 330 Climate vocab, From Chapin et al 2011

TermDefinition
Albedo or Reflectivity Fraction of the incident shortwave radiation reflected from a surface.
Backscatter Reflection from small particles.
Biogenic Biologically produced.
Greenhouse effect Warming of the atmosphere due to atmospheric absorption of longwave radiation.
Longwave radiation Radiation with wavelengths of about 4 to 30 mm.
Monsoon Tropical or subtropical system of air flow characterized by a seasonal shift between prevailing onshore and offshore winds.
Orographic effects Effects due to presence of mountains.
Radiatively active gasses Gases that absorb infrared radiation (water vapor, CO2, CH4, N2O and industrial products like chlorofluorocarbons [CFCs]).
Rain Shadow Zone of low precipitation downwind of a mountain range.
Shortwave radiation Radiation with wavelengths of about 0.2–4.0 mm, including ultraviolet, visible, and near infrared radiation.
Aspect Compass direction that a slope faces.
Sea breeze Daytime onshore breeze that occurs on coastlines due to greater heating of the land than the water.
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