Introduction to the Atmosphere

Learning Objectives

The goals and objectives of this chapter are to:

  • Understand the significance of the atmosphere.
  • Describe the composition of the atmospheric gasses.
  • Explain the major layers of the atmosphere and their importance.
  • Analyze the relationships between energy, temperature, and heat.
  • Describe how the Sun influences seasonality.
  • Describe how heat is transferred around the planet.