Climatic control

From Glossary of Meteorology

climatic control

Any one of the relatively permanent factors that govern the general nature of the climate of a portion of the earth.

These factors include 1) solar radiation, especially as it varies with latitude; 2) distribution of land and water masses; 3) elevation and large-scale topography; and 4) the atmospheric concentration of greenhouse gases. The types of climatic controls were used as the basis for early climatic classifications. All of these have been nearly constant during historical time, but most or all of them have changed during geologic time and have caused large-scale changes of climate.
See climate control.

Copyright 2022 American Meteorological Society (AMS). For permission to reuse any portion of this work, please contact Any use of material in this work that is determined to be “fair use” under Section 107 of the U.S. Copyright Act (17 U.S. Code § 107) or that satisfies the conditions specified in Section 108 of the U.S.Copyright Act (17 USC § 108) does not require AMS’s permission. Republication, systematic reproduction, posting in electronic form, such as on a website or in a searchable database, or other uses of this material, except as exempted by the above statement, require written permission or a license from AMS. Additional details are provided in the AMS Copyright Policy statement.