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Basic Terms and Defintions
Now its time to learn the basic input variables used in KRC.
- Thermal Inertia: the reluctance of a material to change temperature
- Conductivity: how easily a material transports heat and energy through itself
- Density: the amount of mass, or matter, contained within a specific volume
- Specific Heat: the amount of energy required to raise the temperature of a material
- Input parameters: values given by the user, used in calculations within the model
- Opacity: the translucence of a material
- Albedo: the brightness of a material
- Emissivity: the energy given off by a material
- Slope: angle of incline of a surface above or below horizontal
- Azimuth: direction of slope as measured starting from north and moving through east
- LS : The seasonal indicator. The Value used to distinguish the time of year. The time of year
- Diurnal Temperature: Changes in temperatures that occur over the course of a day (i.e. daily temperatures).
Advanced Terms and Definitions
- Single Layer Atmosphere: A thin atmosphere where, at any given time, the temperature is the same everywhere. Even though temperature can vary with time, the entire atmosphere varies together.
- Two-Stream Delta-Eddington Model: Allows for two spectral regions in the atmosphere: solar and thermal
- Solar Radiation: The energy reaching the surface from the sun itself
- Thermal Energy: The energy reaching the surface from emission of the atmosphere itself