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Generalized radiative transfer equation for multilevel clouds
Author(s): Bormin Huang; Hung-Lung Huang; William L. Smith
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Paper Abstract

Surface and aircraft observations show that many cloud types tend to appear simultaneously at the same location but at different altitudes. Furthermore, clouds may be continuous or broken at a given cloud level within a sensor's field of view (FOV). Therefore, it is desirable that a general radiative transfer equation (RTE) can describe all the possible cloudy atmospheres for remote sensing applications. In this paper an M-level cloudy RTE is formulated. Specific diagrams and equations for up to four-level cloud systems are illustrated.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 April 2003
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 4891, Optical Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere and Clouds III, (9 April 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.467560
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Bormin Huang, Univ. of Wisconsin/Madison (United States)
Hung-Lung Huang, Univ. of Wisconsin/Madison (United States)
William L. Smith, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4891:
Optical Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere and Clouds III
Hung-Lung Huang; Daren Lu; Yasuhiro Sasano, Editor(s)

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