001 - Atmosphere and Change

Syllabus Point

Describe (AO1) the functioning of the atmospheric system in terms of the energy balance between solar and longwave radiation. 
Explain (AO2) the changes in this balance due to external forcings (changes in solar radiation, changes in the albedo of the atmosphere and changes in the longwave radiation returned to space).
Discuss (AO3) the causes and environmental consequences of global climate change.

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Key Terminology

  • Describe
  • Explain
  • Discuss
  • Atmospheric System
  • Solar or Short-Wave Radiation
  • Longwave Radiation
  • Albedo Effect
  • Climate Change
Define the words above using your 'Geography Course Companion' text book by Nagle and Cooke, the 'Command Term' posters in the classroom or by using the links below:

Useful Resources




Activity One - Watch and Research

Watch the youtube clips and begin to fill in the table below.

Earth's Energy Explained

NASA - The World is Black and White


Complete the table below using the recommended resources underneath the table.

Atmospheric Processes


Useful Resources


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Activity Two - Exam Style Question


Climate Change is only caused by humans. Discuss (15 marks)

Plan out the essay above using the essay grid below and information you have recorded in activity one. Remember your arguments need to be balanced so you also need to include how climate change may have been influenced by nature.

Useful Resources



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