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GENERAL advent TO THE ETTORE MAJORANA foreign tuition OF CLIMATOLOGY The "Ettore Majorana Centre" for medical tradition, based at Erice in 1963 by means of prof. Nino Zichichi, pursues the elemental goal to create in Europe a cultural discussion board of excessive clinical typical, that could let younger examine employees to understand present difficulties of significant curiosity within the a variety of fields of medical learn. , because the starting, its overseas colleges (over 70, at the present time) have actively labored in disseminating clinical tradition produced on the such a lot complex frontiers of human wisdom, spanning assorted domain names from biology to nuclear physics, earth sciences, meteorology, structure, scientific sciences etc, lately, in 1979, the overseas institution of Climatology has been created with the aim to prepare post-doctorate cour ,;es, within which impressive and updated outlooks, theories and leads to the climatic box has to be provided in didactic shape. Climatic variability was once the topic of the 1st path, in that climatic alterations characterize the most fascinating phenomenologies to review; actually, no matter if the weather has replaced again and again some time past, so making it moderate to as­ sume that it'll achieve this sooner or later, it really is nonetheless tough to appreciate the above pointed out adjustments from an hydrodynamical element of view.

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In the Northern Hemisphere a considerable portion of the land is covered by snow and ice each winter, while in the Southern Hemisphere the ice pack surrounding Antarctica undergoes a dramatic wintertime expansion from the coast to nearly 60·S. -- Sea-level, Lake Level, Isostatic Adjustment _ : . - - Oceanic. l of Atmosphere I Time in years Figure 2 The characteristic tilae scales of climatic events and processes (from National Academy of Sciences, 1975, (6». In addition to these seasonal changes, significant variations in the cryosphere also occur' ol/er lauch longer pepiods·.

The isotherms have a more zonal orientation in the Southern Hemisphere where the fraction of ocean is larger. The land clearly heats up more than the ocean in summer and cools down more in winter. 5N 20 LATITUDE Figure 4 Estimates of oceanic and atmospheric meridional energy flux. NKVB data from Newell et al. , 1974, (30) . OVH from Dart and Vander Haar, 1976, (39) • From 30-90 0 S data from Trenberth, 1979, (47) • gooN 3 12 L- . 151- : 18 24 I·· : \ I .. \ .. o : ; r :' "0. ~ "·1,1 ... \: I "\ ~L.

The atmosphere's response may also be characterized in terms of the time which would be required to generate (or dissipate) typical atmospheric temperature and motion patterns in response to typical rates of heating and typical frictional forces. This time is estimated to be about one month, which we note is longer than the lifetime of an individual atmospheric cyclone but shorter than a season. The hydrosphere is a close second to the atmosphere in terms of its overall importance in the climatic system, The extent and bulk of the world's oceans and the prevalence of surface water on the land insures a potentially plentiful supply of water substance for the global hydrological cycle of evaporation, condensation, precipitation and runoff, Once in the atmosphere, water substance in either vapor, liquid or solid form continues to play an important role in climate through its selective absorption and/or reflection of both solar and terrestrial radiation.

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