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By Alexander Marshak, Anthony Davis

ISBN-10: 3540239588

ISBN-13: 9783540239581

Developments in 3-dimensional cloud radiation during the last few many years are assessed and distilled into this contributed quantity. Chapters are authored through subject-matter specialists who address a wide viewers of graduate scholars, researchers, and someone attracted to cloud-radiation techniques within the sun and infrared spectral regions. After introductory chapters and a bit at the basic physics and computational innovations, the quantity broadly treats major software parts: the impression of clouds at the Earth's radiation price range, that is a vital element of weather modeling; and distant remark of clouds, specifically with the complex sensors on present and destiny satellite tv for pc missions.

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Thus, I charged in with gusto and made radiation my adoptive field, even to the point of becoming a rather notorious radiation patriot in my earlier days (continuing a long tradition of zealous converts). While I ranged rather broadly, the energetic role of clouds has been my home base in radiation. Clear sky radiation remains a fascination for some, but to me the challenge was always clouds. Aerosols were a big topic in 1970, due mainly to Reid Bryson and his “human volcano” slogan, but to me it seemed a tempest in a teapot.

5 Tools for 3D Clouds, 1970s through 1990s I would really prefer to skip the past and just read my crystal ball about future tools. But as in so many endeavors, the past is prologue, and many of the issues we first faced in the 1970s still haunt us today. The defects of the past are the spur to tools of the future, and without some understanding of those defects, it is hard to appreciate exactly what problems the new tools are fixing. In the 1970s, we didn’t have any observational tools to characterize 3D clouds in a way that would enable 3D radiation modeling.

A little-discussed issue is how to bootstrap 1D aircraft data into a 3D picture of cloud. This is not as simple as one might think. At the very least, the 1D view will be biased. ” It turns out that the answer inferred from the straight line is always biased. This is the simplest example I can find of “dimensional bootstrapping” – trying to extrapolate to higher dimensions from lower ones. The problem of unbiased dimensional bootstrapping may be impossible in principle, but with enough 1D views (lines), as in tomography, the problem seems to be tractable.

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