Earth, our planet, would be a rather cold place if the solar energy absorbed by the surface could be radiated back to space without any obstruction. The equilibrium global average surface temperature would be about-19°C instead of the current much higher temperature of approximately +14°C (Le Treut et al. 2007). Already Fourier, the famous French mathematician-physicist guessed that the atmosphere somehow slows down the departure of energy from the Earth (Fourier 1827).
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- Environmental Science(all)
- Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)