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The Sun's Influence on Climate

Joanna D. Haigh and Peter Cargill


The Earth's climate system depends entirely on the Sun for its energy. Solar radiation warms the atmosphere and is fundamental to atmospheric composition, while the distribution of solar heating across the planet produces global wind patterns and contributes to the formation of clouds, storms, and rainfall. This book provides an unparalleled introduction to this vitally important relationship. The book covers the basic properties of the Earth's climate system, the structure and behavior of the Sun, and the absorption of solar radiation in the atmosphere. It explains how solar activity varies a ... More

Keywords: Earth, Sun, solar radiation, atmospheric composition, solar heating, global wind patterns, climate system, paleoclimate, climate change, solar emissions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780691153834
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691153834.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joanna D. Haigh, author
Imperial College London

Peter Cargill, author
Imperial College London