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A hypothesis of fractal optical anisotropy in clouds and Monte Carlo simulation of relative radiation effects
Author(s): Sergei M. Prigarin; Ulrich G. Oppel
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Paper Abstract

A hypothesis is made that optical anisotropy of clouds in the atmosphere can be implied not only by the shape and the orientation of scattering particles, but furthermore it can be a result of a random non-Poisson distribution of the particles in space. In that way even for water-drop clouds the scattering medium can be appreciably anisotropic if spherical water drops particularly distributed in space. We proposed a heuristic mathematical model of such hypothetical anisotropy on the basis of fractal distribution of particles in space. In addition, we performed a Monte Carlo experiment to study presumable radiation effects caused by "fractal" anisotropy in water-drop clouds.

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Date Published: 17 March 2005
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 5829, 13th International Workshop on Lidar Multiple Scattering Experiments, (17 March 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.617247
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Sergei M. Prigarin, Institute of Computational Mathematics and Mathema (Russia)
Ulrich G. Oppel, Ludwig-Maximilians-Univ. Muenchen (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5829:
13th International Workshop on Lidar Multiple Scattering Experiments
Anatoli G. Borovoi, Editor(s)

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