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What is temperature inversion? Explain the several mechanisms that can lead to temperature inversions. What are the impacts of temperature inversions?

Topic: Salient features of world’s physical geography.

2. What is temperature inversion? Explain the several mechanisms that can lead to temperature inversions. What are the impacts of temperature inversions? (250 words)

Difficulty level: Moderate

Reference: Insights on India

Why the question:

The question is part of the static syllabus of General studies paper – 1 and mentioned as part of Mission-2024 Secure timetable.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about the mechanism of temperature inversions, its types and impact.

Directive word: 

Explain – Clarify the topic by giving a detailed account as to how and why it occurred, or what is the context. You must be defining key terms wherever appropriate and substantiate with relevant associated facts.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Begin by defining temperature inversion.

Body:

First, explain the various Types of Temperature Inversion – Ground Inversion, Turbulence Inversion, Subsidence Inversion, Air drainage type of Inversion and Frontal Inversion etc.

Next, explain the impact of temperature inversion on agriculture, air quality, energy consumption, transportation, and other sectors

Conclusion:

Conclude by Summarising.