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What is the characteristical time of the loss of the Earth atmosphere, how can it be calculated?

Somewhere I've read it is in the order of some tens of billions of years, but unfortunately I can't find any reference with it in Google. I suspect, the losses are coming mainly from analyzing the ...
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doubt about the 'white spaces' in the maps from satellite

I have a doubt about the 'white spaces' in the maps from satellite. For example, for the atlantic areas I have plotted AOD and appear many areas where sistematically do not have any data (white spaces)...
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Can atmospheric conditions cause carbonated beverages to fizz more?

For some reason today, carbonated beverages have been fizzing up more than usual. It's happening with beer and club soda. Very strange, no gremlins either - the beer was from the back of the fridge, ...
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How does one interpret negative geopotential height values?

I am using NCEP Reanalysis Geopotential height data and this is at 1000 mb and downloading it from here - 1000 Mb Geopotential height values and some of these values are negative for a particular date ...
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Dig in the rationality of model evaluation of WRF with land-based station data

I use WRF (Weather research and forecasting) model for in regional scale meteorology simulation. And then, the WRF output files will be deemed as criterial input data applying for chemical transport ...
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What do cumulonimbus clouds signify?

When I saw huge cumulonimbus clouds in the sky I thought the weather would be just fine, but in the evening it started raining. So I just wanted to know what do these clouds really signify.
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If we burn all carbon in the Earth's crust, by how much would the atmospheric concentration of $CO_2$ increase?

If we burn all carbon in the Earth's crust, by how much would the atmospheric concentration of CO2 increase?
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How and why humidity and vapour pressure change as a parcel of air with an unchanging amount of water vapor rises, expands, and cools

I know that a parcel of air can rise, cool and create clouds and rain but I'm struggling to understand how: absolute humidity relative humidity actual vapour pressure saturation vapour pressure ...
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Is the atmosphere becoming thicker?

Is the atmosphere getting more dense with various gases, car pollution (200 million cars just in North America), factory pollution, more water vapor and denser cloud cover? If so could a "thicker" ...
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What timescales do eddies operate at in the planetary boundary layer?

What are the largest eddies within the planetary boundary layer? What timescales do the operate on? Edit: I'm talking about atmospheric eddies over land. So, eddies that are measured in [eddy ...
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What affects the surface characteristics of cumulus clouds?

I love looking at clouds. I love trying to describe them and compare what I see day to day. I have dozens of questions about the things I’ve observed and I would really like to understand the physics ...
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What is the science behind CFCs depleting the ozone layer? [closed]

Specifically, if the daily production of ozone and cfc were at most 400 million and 3k tons, respectively, would each mol of cfc be able to destroy tens of thousands of mols of ozone? All the sources ...
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Why are lenticular clouds circular?

I recently visited Japan, where I observed a lenticular cloud above Mount Fuji: Curious by the cloud, I looked it up and found it it's a lenticular cloud, that forms because of rising moist air ...
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Explanation for single rainbow that contained colors several times

I saw a rainbow outside Silverton, CO last week that for a few minutes seemed to show part of the color cycle (red to purple) several times within the same band. This picture is how it looked to my ...
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Why cannot people burn all the atmospheric oxygen? [closed]

We are told that photosynthesis, developed a couple of billion years ago has produced all the atmospheric oxygen. I wonder, why did the process stop? Why do modern plants prefer to recover the entropy ...
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How does radiogenic argon-40 get into the atmosphere?

There's an awful lot of argon in the atmosphere: about 0.93% of the atmosphere is argon[1], making it the third-most abundant gas after N2 and O2. As I understand it, most of it is produced by the ...
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There is soil in Archean? [closed]

Following a mobilista approach over geological time, and considering the Earth's internal heat as responsible for tectonic regime, which was involved in the "Permobile type" during the early times of ...
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Why does the rising of high clouds due to climate change impart positive radiative feedback on radiative forcing?

As seen in the figure below. The larger the temperature difference between surface and cloud, the more positive the radiative forcing is from the cloud. So as the cloud moves up, it supposedly ...
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Is it possible that water (H2O) was made on earth?

Most theories suggest that water was already on earth at the beginning but due to temperature most of it evaporated. Others theories suggested that water was brought to earth with komets or asteroids. ...
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Buoyancy frequency

The buoyancy frequency, $N$ is defined as $N^2=\frac{gd\theta}{\theta dz}$, where $\theta$ is the potential temperature (I see it as a measure of the deviation from the adiabatic nature), $z$ is the ...
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Does the gravitational pull of the moon affect the composition of Earth's atmosphere?

In particular, does the pull of the moon affect the amount of water vapour in the Earth's atmosphere? In other words, if the moon were larger, or orbiting more closely to the earth, would the ...
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Sky color of a proterozoic earth with a Canfield ocean

What would the sky color be with a Proterozoic earth during the "Boring Billion" (1.8 By-0.8 By) with a Canfield (Euxinic) ocean and a high atmospheric concentration of colorless hydrogen sulfide and ...
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Why are deserts hotter than other places on Earth

We all know that deserts are the hottest places on Earth, but what makes them different from other parts of the world?
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Best sources / methods to find additional cloud information for current weather conditions?

I posted this question on Aviation Stack Exchange here. One of the responses suggested that I post my question on Earth Science Stack Exchange. I need a source that reports necessary current cloud ...
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Why do Earth and Venus have different atmospheres?

Venus appears to be the closest to Earth in mass, density, size, etc. - though they clearly have different atmospheres. Why do Earth and Venus have different atmospheres?
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Why is WRF most often configured at 3:1 nesting ratio?

In WRF application, nested domain has always been used for weather/air quality modeling for the place of interest in a better resolution. The figure below illustrates this: I have noticed that the ...
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Pure blue sky in Spring [closed]

I live in France. Is it true that there are more occurrences of deep blue skies during spring. If yes why ? Is it true also during autumn. Thank you for answering
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Maximum temperature possible on earth on a day

What is maximum temperature that can we have on earth on a single day? I assume that after a certain limit, radiation and convection would start working strongly to have equilibrium of surroundings. ...
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Why does computation cost increase 24 times when the spatial resolution doubles?

In a Chinese book, I read about the relationship between the numerical model spatial resolution and the computation cost. It states: when the spatial resolution of model is finer, the result ...
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What woud happen to me if I touched the aurora?

The Aurora Borealis (commonly known as the northern lights) is a mesmerizing and captivating sight to behold, so beautiful that I just want to touch it and feel it. Should I? Could it harm me?
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(How long) would Earth's atmosphere last without a global magnetic field?

The Earth's magnetic field provides an important protection against the solar wind (for example, see Wikipedia on Earth's magnetic field and references therein). Mars may have lost its atmosphere ...
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Global warming cycles

Everyone is saying we are in a global warming, an unnatural one at that because of CO2. Has there ever been a 'global warming' in Earth's history? I know that global cooling is cyclical and 'looks' ...
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Data source of the planetary boundary layer (PBL)

PBL is one key physical quantities aimed at analysing the condition of air pollution in an area of interest. From WRF simulation, I can get the variable PBLH whixh ...
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Why is the colour gradient in the sky at sunset on an angle?

Below is a picture of a typical sunset that I have been observing lately at an undisclosed location in the Southern Hemisphere: Given that the base of the picture is parallel to sea level, you can ...
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How did Earth's atmospheric layers get their names?

How are atmospheric layers named once they have been discovered?
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The difference of vertical advection and convection process for chemistry species

In atmospheric, the change of mixing ration $C_i$ of a chemical species $i$ is determined by: $\frac{\partial C_i }{\partial t} = -\bigtriangledown (VC_i)+\frac{\partial }{\partial z}(k_z\...
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Technique to delete spin-up frames from WRF

I'm a user of WRF V3.5 aiming at meteorological simulation. Sometimes, I'll run the model for a long period. My attempt I split the long period(e.g 1 year) into serval short ones. For ...
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Calculate precipitation from WRF model output

From WRF output file, I find 3 variables related to the precipitation (unit: mm) 1. Precipitation variable name: pr unit:$kg/(m^{2}s^1)$ variable: RAINC+RAINNC comments: $dt(...
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Similarities between grand circulation solvers and mantle convection solvers

My impression is that both ocean grand circulation models (e.g. MITgcm), and Mantle Convection models (e.g. CitcomS), both use Navier-Stoke's as the governing equation. What are the other major ...
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How to write 'number of …' in a unit?

Q: Which unit is attached to 'number of particles per volume' (e.g. of the atmosphere)? The questions focuses on the 'number of' and not on the 'volume'. The units [#/m3], [particles/m3] and [1/m3] ...
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How does the lifetime of methane vary in the atmosphere?

When reading about methane and its effect on climate, it is clear that its lifetime in the atmosphere is important to the global warming potential. However, the lifetime does vary from 9 to 15 years, ...
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Pasquill-Gifford stability class data for one station

On my project, Stability classes is an useful tool to analysis the weather condition for one place. Using R Package Worldmet, I can get the hourly weather ...
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How much total heat is contained in the upper layers of the atmosphere?

In particular, I'm interested in the heat contained in the stratosphere, mesophere, and thermosphere.
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Is there a formula for heat retained by an atmosphere, based on density and composition?

I'm looking for a formula, either precise or an approximation (it's for a video game so it's ok to have somewhat rough numbers), that determines heat retained from the sun by an atmosphere, based on ...
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What causes the aurora borealis [duplicate]

I heard of the aurora borealis in North America and I've also seen the picture which made me to wonder that what causes the aurora borealis and does it have any advantages or disadvantages?
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What causes smog to clear up on some days?

I notice that in my town sometimes the pollution/haze/smog sticks around on some days but then on others the sky can be completely clear. I don't necessarily see any difference between windy and non ...
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Why are “ground level” air quality monitors really on rooftops?

There are many papers that talk about the air quality at ground-level in cities, observed by air quality monitors. Some monitors are located above the building(not actually on the ground). For ...
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Significant difference between averaged wind speeds and averaged wind power density, for wind generation modelling?

Climate models outputs, particularly the reanalysis datasets, output wind speeds as zonal and meridional averages for the modelled time period (typically 1, 3 or 6 hours). So we get a 2-dimensional ...
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Why does the road appear wet on a sunny day?

Whenever I'm travelling by road on a hot sunny day and I look towards the horizon, it appears as though there is puddle ahead but as I approach it, it disappears. Why does this happen?
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How long would it take for Mars to cool after asteroid impact? [closed]

As someone interested in terraforming, the main obstacle to colonizing Mars is the lack of a magnetosphere and Atmosphere. To create a magnetosphere of sufficient magnitude the Martian core must be ...