8.8 Energy Transfer In The Earth’s Atmosphere

  • Radiation – The Sun heats Earth’s surface.
  • Conduction – The hot surface warms the air touching it.


  • Heated air rises. Rising causes the air to cool.
  • Cooled air now sinks.
  • Air is reheated and rises, this cycle repeats.
8.8.12 Describe the transfer of heat in the atmosphere with reference to the processes of:
(a) conduction;
(b) convection;
(c) advection