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The sun in ultraviolet light.  The sun is the external source of energy for the Earth's climate.  The incoming shortwave energy that is absorbed by the Earth is reemitted as longwave radiation so that the net energy balance of the Earth is zero.  Internally to the Earth's climate system feedbacks act between different components (e.g. ocean, atmospere, ice etc.) and the result is the climate that we observe.  It sounds so simple doesn't it?

The sun in ultraviolet light. The sun is the external source of energy for the Earth's climate. The incoming shortwave energy that is absorbed by the Earth is reemitted as longwave radiation so that the net energy balance of the Earth is zero. Internally to the Earth's climate system feedbacks act between different components (e.g. ocean, atmospere, ice etc.) and the result is the climate that we observe. It sounds so simple doesn't it?
This image was taken from the SOHO website.



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