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ClimateBits

Earth Science Concepts Made Simple

Minute-long videos compatible with Science on a Sphere explain and visualize key concepts in climate science. For more information on ClimateBits, contact Stephanie Schollaert Uz

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Air Quality
We all breathe air. Monitoring Earth's air pollution from space shows how humans have a big effect on air quality and how it changes over time.

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Ozone Layer
A chemical made of three oxygen atoms, ozone in the stratosphere is important because it absorbs harmful UV radiation from the sun, protecting life on Earth.

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Solar Radiation
Most energy on Earth comes from the Sun as radiation. Lightbulbs illustrate the primary wavelengths of solar radiation received: longwave, shortwave, and ultra-violet.

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Albedo
The fraction of solar energy reflected from the Earth back to space. Bright surfaces (e.g., snow) reflect more; dark surfaces (e.g., roads), less. The global average albedo is 0.3

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Seasons - tilt of Earth's axis
Earth takes a year to orbit the Sun and 24 hours to spin around its axis of rotation. The 23.5 degree tilt in the Earth's axis causes the seasons, depending on the latitude.

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