Vertical Profile Based on Composition

  • Homosphere - N2 and O2 are uniformly mixed

  • Heterosphere - N2 and O2 are not uniformly mixed

Questions for Thought:

1.  If there were no ozone layer, sketch the vertical distribution of temperature from 0-120 km

2.  The mean lapse rate of the troposphere is 6.5C per km. If the surface temperature is 30C, what is the temperature at the top of Mt. Everest which is 9 km above the surface?

3.  If the surface temperature is 30C and the temperature at the top of Mt. Everest is -30C, what is the mean tropospheric lapse rate?