A brief tour of the climate machine
1 - The Climate machine, a two fluids thermal engine
Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de I’Environnement (LSCE), Saclay, France
Retired from LSCE.
The climate machine is a thermal engine that gets all its heat from the sun and redistributes it on the Earth surface through coupled fluid circulation of the atmosphere and the ocean. Water present on Earth in its three physical states — solid, liquid and gas — plays a key role in the climate.
© European Physical Society, EDP Sciences, 2017