Climate and thermodynamic systems of maximum dissipation

  title={Climate and thermodynamic systems of maximum dissipation},
  author={G W Paltridge},
THE Earth–atmosphere is a classic example of a closed, dissipative and nonlinear thermodynamic system which is subject to both regular and irregular impulses causing significant departure from steady state. It is closed because it exchanges energy (solar and thermal radiant energy) but not mass with its environment. It is dissipative because the net input of radiant energy occurs mainly in regions of high temperature towards the Equator and the net output occurs mainly in regions of low… CONTINUE READING
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