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Energy balance and energy flows in the environment (lecture note)(Resource ID: 545)

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This lecture note serves as a compact theoretical introduction to energy and radiation balances as a knowledge base for related teaching materials (see below).

Surface temperature is closely connected to the energy balance and energy flows, as well as their components: shortwave and longwave radiation balance, sensible heat, soil heat flux, and latent heat (evaporation)

Learning Outcomes
Understanding radiation and energy balances.
Relevance for Sustainability
Understanding the energy balance is a central component of the greater understanding of meteorological and climatological relationships such as the causes of climate change (amongst others).
Sustainability criteria
  • Interdisciplinary
  • Related to global challenges / needs
  • Holistic thinking
  • Long-term thinking
  • Related to acquiring knowledge
Preparation Efforts
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Funded by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science and Research within the framework of the call "Projekt MINT-Massenfächer" (2011/12)

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Philipp Weihs
Josef Eitzinger


Philipp Weihs
This teaching resource is allocated to following University:
BOKU - University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna
Institute of Meteorology (BOKU Vienna)


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Pillars of Sustainability

  • environment

Teaching Tools & Methods

  • Written material