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By Alexander Marshak, Anthony Davis

ISBN-10: 3540239588

ISBN-13: 9783540239581

Advancements in three-d cloud radiation during the last few a long time are assessed and distilled into this contributed quantity. Chapters are authored by means of subject-matter specialists who address a extensive viewers of graduate scholars, researchers, and someone attracted to cloud-radiation strategies within the sunlight and infrared spectral regions. After introductory chapters and a piece at the basic physics and computational concepts, the quantity largely treats major program components: the impression of clouds at the Earth's radiation price range, that is a necessary point of weather modeling; and distant commentary of clouds, specifically with the complex sensors on present and destiny satellite tv for pc missions.

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I also recall a kind of despair at ever completely specifying (for input to radiation models) the 3D clouds I saw out my airplane windows. The customary cloud classifications provided no useful input to a radiation model. During his team’s 15-year odyssey to create the most complete surface-based cloud climatology ever, I even occasionally chided my colleague Steve Warren that those old cloud classifications were like a strait jacket preventing us from finding more quantitative and mathematical ways of classifying clouds.

So, there was really nothing to revolt against. The field of 3D cloud radiation has been created ab initio in the past 30 years, and by a mere handful of people including many authors in this book. These pioneers spent a goodly portion of their time creating general tools. I would like to make a brief survey of some of those new tools, in particular: new instruments and observing strategies; new models of cloud structure based on fractal and other scaling concepts; and new radiative transfer methods.

My second major theme of scale will arise naturally in this survey. Let us begin by first looking back at where we were in the 1970s. J. 5 Tools for 3D Clouds, 1970s through 1990s I would really prefer to skip the past and just read my crystal ball about future tools. But as in so many endeavors, the past is prologue, and many of the issues we first faced in the 1970s still haunt us today. The defects of the past are the spur to tools of the future, and without some understanding of those defects, it is hard to appreciate exactly what problems the new tools are fixing.

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