CLIMATE AND CLIMATE CHANGE | Energy Balance Climate Models Chapter uri icon


  • 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. Energy balance climate models are a class of simplified models of the large-scale climate based upon the energy balance of a column of air/ocean above/below an infinitesimal box at the surface. When integrated over the entire surface area they are the global average models. Zonal average models can be constructed by integrating around latitude circles. Some of the more simplified models can be solved analytically providing special insights to such aspects of climate at its sensitivity to small perturbations of solar brightness or greenhouse gases.

author list (cited authors)

  • North, G. R., & Kim, K.

citation count

  • 1

complete list of authors

  • North, GR||Kim, K-Y

Book Title

  • Encyclopedia of Atmospheric Sciences

publication date

  • January 2015