The Dictionary of the Climate Debate (DCD)

energy budget
Definition: An accounting of energy flows through a system.

Usage example: "Until 2003, scientists had a reasonable understanding where the sun’s trapped heat was going; it was reflected in rising sea levels and temperatures. Since then, however, heat in the upper ocean has barely increased and the rate of sea level rise slowed, while data from a satellite monitoring incoming and outgoing heat — the Earth’s energy budget — found that an ever increasing amount of energy should be trapped on the planet." (Roger Pielke, Sr.)

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