Geographical analysis of the different radiation climates of Europe

  • Wolfgang Palz
  • Jürgen Greif
  • Commission of the European Communities

Abstract

Since solar radiation is the primary factor influencing all other climatic parameters, the geographical distribution of monthly mean global solar radiation has a strong influence on the definition of the different climatic zones of Europe. The variations from month to month are caused mainly by changes in the general circulation of the atmosphere over Europe and the adjacent part of the Atlantic Ocean. Different cloudiness and turbidity characteristic of various types of air masses of maritime or continental origin determine the amount of global radiation received at the earth’e. Additionally, the isopyr patterns are influenced by:
  • coastlines,

  • topography of the ground,

  • astronomical factors determining the solar altitude pattern across the day.

Keywords

Depression Europe Cyclone Turbidity Mist 

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Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • Wolfgang Palz
    • 1
  • Jürgen Greif
    • 1
  • Commission of the European Communities
    • 1
  1. 1.BrusselsBelgium

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