Types of Cloud Coverage & Effect on Climate


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Some solar radiation is reflected off the top of clouds. What effect does this have on the perceived temperature on the ground?

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1. Some solar radiation makes it through the clouds, bounces off the ground, and is reflected off of the bottom of clouds back to the ground. What effect does this have on perceived temperature on the ground?

2. What process involves the absorption of thermal radiation by gases in the atmosphere?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The Earth's climate is a highly complex system with numerous factors influencing it. This quiz will go over one specific factor: cloud coverage. The questions in the quiz will test you on information from the attached lesson, such as solar radiation and specific effects of different types of cloud coverage.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet will test you on:

  • The effects of solar radiation reflected off of clouds
  • How thermal radiation is absorbed in the atmosphere
  • Different types of cloud coverage
  • Weather effects caused by different cloud coverage types

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - recall the main points from the lesson on cloud coverage and its effect on the Earth's climate
  • Making connections - draw the connections between different types of cloud coverage and their effects on the weather
  • Knowledge application - apply the knowledge you've gained from the lesson to identify different types of cloud coverage, how they reflect solar radiation, and their resulting weather effects

Additional Learning

If you're curious about cloud coverage and the Earth's climate, you can review the attached lesson called Types of Cloud Coverage & Effect on Climate. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • Different types of cloud coverage
  • Reflection of solar radiation
  • Absorbing radiation
  • Effects on the weather