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Heat transport by the ocean and atmosphere

The ocean and atmosphere are key players in redistributing the energy received from the Sun.

In this video you will learn about the role of the ocean and atmosphere in redistributing the energy received from the Sun. In particular you will learn how energy is transported form the tropics to high latitudes.

Topics covered:

  • Incoming and outgoing radiation at the top of the atmosphere

  • Relative role of ocean and atmosphere in poleward heat transport

  • Atmospheric and oceanic circulation

  • The impact of atmosphere and ocean eddies

  • The contrasting climate between Greenland and Norway

In the next steps you will find more details on this topic and can check your understanding of the video by taking part in a short quiz.

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