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Equations in a Model and Simple Examples

A full General Circulation Model (GCM) typically has four dimensions:
  • time
  • longitude
  • latitude
  • height

However, scientists often use much simpler models to help them understand basic principles of the atmosphere. These are also a good introduction to models because they are easier to conceptualize.

Let's look at three examples:
  1. Radiation In = Radiation Out

  2. One-dimensional Models

  3. Two-dimensional Models

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