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Convective Cloud Systems

The transfer of energy between Earth's surface and the atmosphere causes all weather. Energy can be transferred through three main processes: convection, conduction, and radiation. This video adapted from the Atmospheric Radiation Program explains the differences between tropical convective cloud systems formed over land and those formed over oceans.

This media asset was adapted from Convective Cloud Systems by the U.S. Department of Energy's Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Program.

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