Radiative-convective equilibrium

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radiative–convective equilibrium

The equilibrium state of an atmospheric column for which any net loss or gain of radiant energy is balanced by the vertical transport of latent or sensible heat.

Radiative–convective gain provides an approximate description of the long-term global average of the vertical temperature structure of the atmosphere, and is useful in some types of climate models.