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Radiative transfer in the cloudy atmosphere: modeling radiative transport
Author(s): Philip Gabriel; Graeme L. Stephens; Si Chee Tsay
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Paper Abstract

Pertinent issues concerning cloud-radiation interactions that are relevant to studies of climate are discussed in terms of cloud optical properties. These optical properties are classified either inherent or apparent; the former are functions of cloud microphysics, the latter come about from the illumination of the cloud by radiation. The connection between the two sets of optical properties is discussed under the format of radiative transfer. The state of our lack of understanding of this connection is illustrated using examples derived from recent observational studies. Further evidence is presented that questions the validity of one dimensional radiative transfer theory as applied to the earth's atmosphere.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 November 1991
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 1558, Wave Propagation and Scattering in Varied Media II, (11 November 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.49614
Show Author Affiliations
Philip Gabriel, Colorado State Univ. (United States)
Graeme L. Stephens, Colorado State Univ. (United States)
Si Chee Tsay, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1558:
Wave Propagation and Scattering in Varied Media II
Vijay K. Varadan, Editor(s)

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