Radiation and Cloud Processes in the Atmosphere

Radiation and Cloud Processes in the Atmosphere : Theory, Observation and Modeling

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With significant advances in the field of atmospheric radiation and remote sensing in recent years, the need for an up-to-date treatment of radiation and cloud physics has become evident. This monograph addresses these advances, focusing on the physical principles and approximations required to develop specific subjects. In addition to its scientific value, the information presented here is essential for the development of better weather prediction models for medium- and long-range forecasting. It is also critical for achieving accurate retrieval of temperature and humidity profiles from satellite measurements, since new techniques for monitoring global biogeochemical changes rely on radiation theory and a precise knowledge of clouds and their role in radiative transfer.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 504 pages
  • 163.8 x 241.8 x 35.1mm | 1,089.84g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • halftones, numerous line drawings, tables
  • 0195049101
  • 9780195049107

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'This book discusses the significant advances in the field of atmospheric radiation and remot sensing in the past 20 years.' Bulletin of the AMS 'The material is topical but, despite its importance, few books cover the same area ... The author is an expert in the field fo cloud-radiation interaction. His book presents basic material in a clear and interesting manner ... the book is destined to become a classic reference in the subject.' Peter Jonas, Times Higher Educ Supplement, 16 April 1993 d 'This volume of substance is clearly written and would be useful for postgraduate courses.' M.J. Rycroft, Cranfield Institute of Technology, Journal of Atmospheric and Terrestrial Physics 'The author is an expert in the field of cloud-radiation interaction. His book presents basic material in a clear and interesting manner, mentioning very recent publications - essential in such a rapidly developing field. The author has also not been afraid to note areas where understanding is incomplete ... and the book is destined to become a classic reference in the subject.' Times Higher Education Supplementshow more

Table of contents

Introduction; Theory and parameterization of thermal infrared radiative transfer; Theory and parameterization of solar radiation transfer; Theory, observation and modeling of cloud processes in the atmosphere; Radiative transfer in clouds; Atmospheres in radiative and thermal equilibrium; The role of radiation and cloud processes in atmospheric models; Appendices: Physical constants; Standard atmospheric profiles; Complex refractive indices of water and ice.show more

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