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Weather Basics: Local Circulation
This resource explains the basic forces behind atmospheric circulation on a local scale. Topics include phenomena that help to drive circulation, such as solar heating, gravity, pressure, the coriolis effect, and friction. Two types of local circulation patterns are also discussed: mountain and valley breezes; and land and sea breezes. Photos and diagrams are provided to augment the written discussion, and links to related websites are also included.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
Type of resource:
  • Visual:
    • Illustration - scientific
  • Text:
    • Ref. material
Subject:
  • Atmospheric science
  • Physics
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright 2003-2004, Environmental Science Published for Everybody Round the Earth/Educational Network on Climate (ESPERE/ESPERE-ENC).
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-007-915
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Contact: Dr Lucinda Spokes
Environmental Science Published for Everybody Round the Earth (ESPERE-ENC) International