Discussion Topics

What features of the global wind belts at the surface and in the upper troposphere are in accord with (differ from) those implied by the three-cell model of meridional circulation?

What are the consequences of the westerly jet streams for transoceanic air travel?

Examine the variation of the vertical structure of the zonal wind by creating height cross-sections for different longitudes and months using the CDC website (http://www.cdc.noaa.gov).

Consider the effects of ocean currents on the weather and climate of coastal regions in the western and eastern sides of the Atlantic/Pacific oceans and how these effects vary with latitude.

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Renewable Energy 101

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