What Is Incoming Shortwave Radiation?

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Incoming shortwave radiation is basically a science word for the sun's energy and what that translates to is ultraviolet light and sunlight from the visible spectrum and even some infrared light. Find out what is incoming shortwave radiation with help from a chemistry professional in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Robin Higgins and this is what is incoming shortwave radiation. Alright, so incoming shortwave radiation is basically a science word for the sun's energy and what that translates to is ultraviolet light and sunlight from the visible spectrum and even some infrared light. So, kind of on the spectrum of light, these three different types are coming in from the sun and there's a bunch of different fates that they can have. So if you have a bunch of sun's energy, one of the first fates is just that it will be reflected by clouds and the second fate is that it will just run into some molecules and be absorbed into the atmosphere. And the third fate is that it will actually make it all the way down to the Earth's surface and be absorbed on the Earth's surface. And there are other fates that can happen too, different things, combination, culminating to form different types of radiation but these are really like the three crucial fates that incoming shortwave radiation have. So it's just the sun's energy and just what happens to the sun's rays, different things can happen to it. So clouds absorbed into just the particles in the atmosphere or it all reaches the surface down to where we are. I'm Robin Higgins and this is what is incoming shortwave radiation.

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