greenhouse effect, greenhouse warming(noun)
warming that results when solar radiation is trapped by the atmosphere; caused by atmospheric gases that allow sunshine to pass through but absorb heat that is radiated back from the warmed surface of the earth
(with the) The process by which a planet is warmed by its atmosphere.
The greenhouse effect is a process by which thermal radiation from a planetary surface is absorbed by atmospheric greenhouse gases, and is re-radiated in all directions. Since part of this re-radiation is back towards the surface and the lower atmosphere, it results in an elevation of the average surface temperature above what it would be in the absence of the gases. Solar radiation at the frequencies of visible light largely passes through the atmosphere to warm the planetary surface, which then emits this energy at the lower frequencies of infrared thermal radiation. Infrared radiation is absorbed by greenhouse gases, which in turn re-radiate much of the energy to the surface and lower atmosphere. The mechanism is named after the effect of solar radiation passing through glass and warming a greenhouse, but the way it retains heat is fundamentally different as a greenhouse works by reducing airflow, isolating the warm air inside the structure so that heat is not lost by convection. If an ideal thermally conductive blackbody was the same distance from the Sun as the Earth is, it would have a temperature of about 5.3 °C. However, since the Earth reflects about 30% of the incoming sunlight, this idealized planet's effective temperature would be about −18 °C. The surface temperature of this hypothetical planet is 33 °C below Earth's actual surface temperature of approximately 14 °C. The mechanism that produces this difference between the actual surface temperature and the effective temperature is due to the atmosphere and is known as the greenhouse effect.
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The effect of GLOBAL WARMING and the resulting increase in world temperatures. The predicted health effects of such long-term climatic change include increased incidence of respiratory, water-borne, and vector-borne diseases.
The numerical value of greenhouse effect in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of greenhouse effect in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
I would like to draw three main conclusions, number one, the Earth is warmer in 1988 than at any time in the history of instrumental measurements. Number two, the global warming is now large enough that we can ascribe with a high degree of confidence a cause and effect relationship to the greenhouse effect. And number three, our computer climate simulations indicate that the greenhouse effect is already large enough to begin to affect the probability of extreme events such as summer heat waves.
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- الاحتباس الحراريArabic
- efecte hivernacleCatalan, Valencian
- skleníkový efektCzech
- φαινόμενο θερμοκηπίουGreek
- efecto invernaderoSpanish
- effet de serreFrench
- buaidh an taigh-ghlainneScottish Gaelic
- אפקט החממהHebrew
- effetto serraItalian
- pānga kati kōtuhiMāori
- efekt cieplarnianyPolish
- efeito estufaPortuguese
- efect de serăRomanian
- парниковый эффектRussian
- sera etkisiTurkish
- hiệu ứng nhà kiếng, hiệu ứng nhà kínhVietnamese
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