The Heat Budget of the Arctic Basin and its Relation to Climate

by J. O. Fletcher

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A quantitative study of the heat budget of the Arctic and its relationship to the atmospheric circulation of the hemisphere. It combines the available data to produce a description of the input, transformation, and output of thermal energy in the Arctic regions and provides new insights into the mechanism of the Arctic climate. The report points out the specific measurements most urgently needed for future Arctic investigation, if we are not only to explain some of the climatic variations of the past but also to determine how the climate of the future might be foreseen and influenced.

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