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By Alexander Marshak, Anthony Davis

ISBN-10: 3540239588

ISBN-13: 9783540239581

Advancements in third-dimensional cloud radiation over the last few many years are assessed and distilled into this contributed quantity. Chapters are authored through subject-matter specialists who address a large viewers of graduate scholars, researchers, and a person drawn to cloud-radiation tactics within the sunlight and infrared spectral regions. After introductory chapters and a piece at the basic physics and computational recommendations, the amount generally treats major program parts: the impression of clouds at the Earth's radiation finances, that's an important element of weather modeling; and distant commentary of clouds, particularly with the complicated sensors on present and destiny satellite tv for pc missions.

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1 Scales, Tools and Reminiscences 27 Fig. 7. On the tarmac at North Island Naval Air Station in San Diego in 1985, ready to board for my first cloud research flight, with the NOAA P-3 research aircraft in the background. North Island was also the base for the first FIRE stratocumulus experiment in 1987, which I attended in order to learn more about cloud measurements While on the 1985 flight, we dived 3 km to perform what we nowadays call a “tip calibration” on a prototype microwave radiometer, in order to point the (untiltable) radiometer at the horizon.

The movie industry is probably still using monofractal clouds in animated films. But multifractals, adapted from new turbu28 29 There was an odd detour after Chandrasekhar’s book on radiative transfer was published in 1950. Following Chandrasekhar, scientists transformed the linear radiative transfer equation into a coupled set of nonlinear integral equations which were even less soluble than the original equations. For obvious reasons, this didn’t last, but it did attract a lot of mathematicians who wrote several almost impenetrable books on radiative transfer and helped create a misimpression that radiative transfer was an avant garde branch of mathematics.

First, measurements are the acid test of any model; it is not enough that a model simply ‘looks’ better. Perhaps weighting 1D albedos by the proper measure of cloud fraction will correctly predict the albedo of patchy cloud fields. But more importantly, our job is not to make our models as complicated as Nature herself; it is to simplify and idealize, in order to gain understanding. 1D cloud modeling is an entirely acceptable way to do this [. ) 1 Scales, Tools and Reminiscences 25 student could write.

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