Physical Geography 101
Poleward Transport of Heat Study Guide


After the "Poleward Transport of Heat" lecture and readings you should be able to answer and discuss the following questions.

Where does the Earth receive the greatest amount of insolation on the surface?

Where is the most longwave radiation lost?

Explain the atmospheric process by which energy from equatorial regions is transported to polar regions.

Explain the oceanic process by which energy from equatorial regions is transported to polar regions.

How are ocean currents generated?

What impact does the Coriolis Effect have on ocean currents?

What impact do continents have on ocean currents?

What are the major ocean currents that affect North America?

Describe and explain an Ekman Spiral.