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By Alexander Marshak, Anthony Davis

ISBN-10: 3540239588

ISBN-13: 9783540239581

Advancements in third-dimensional cloud radiation during the last few a long time are assessed and distilled into this contributed quantity. Chapters are authored by way of subject-matter specialists who address a huge viewers of graduate scholars, researchers, and somebody drawn to cloud-radiation methods within the sun and infrared spectral regions. After introductory chapters and a piece at the primary physics and computational options, the amount generally treats major program components: the effect of clouds at the Earth's radiation funds, that is a necessary point of weather modeling; and distant commentary of clouds, particularly with the complex sensors on present and destiny satellite tv for pc missions.

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I called my model ATRAD in an effort to create new terminology without descending into acrobabble. , 1987; Dutton, 1993), and also of the elegant Grant-Hunt version of adding-doubling for treating scattering (Hunt and Grant, 1969). Burt Freeman and I developed some improvements for the doubling part in order to do thermal emission and specular reflection correctly. I probably disappointed my ARPA employers by not producing any GCM parameterizations, but that seemed to me startlingly premature considering the primitive state of atmospheric radiative transfer (especially in testing against observations).

Thus NCAR, with its fledging climate program under Warren Washington, Bob Dickinson, Steve Schneider, and Will Kellogg, seemed like a potential paradise. My fellow immigrants to NCAR included Gerry North, Joe Klemp, Ramanathan, Jim Coakley, Steve Warren, Bob Cahalan, and many others who became leading lights in climate and meteorology. NCAR was a life-changing opportunity for me, as it was for them. At NCAR, I continued several lines of theoretical investigation prompted by my building of ATRAD.

Of Energy ARM program in 1990, I was under no illusion that we would need to invent the field from scratch. 11 Computer solutions were frowned upon at Caltech in favor of classical analysis, so what little numerical analysis I learned was at night away from the prying eyes of my thesis adviser. J. Wiscombe When I entered the atmospheric radiation field in 1970, it was so small that it hadn’t even had its first AMS conference yet (Tom Vonder Haar organized one in 1972). The subject was primarily viewed as providing computer codes for GCMs – and GCMs then were General Circulation Models, long before they made their clever segue to become Global Climate Models.

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