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11 November 1991 Radiative transfer in the cloudy atmosphere: modeling radiative transport
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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.
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Philip Gabriel, Graeme L. Stephens, and Si Chee Tsay "Radiative transfer in the cloudy atmosphere: modeling radiative transport", Proc. SPIE 1558, Wave Propagation and Scattering in Varied Media II, (11 November 1991); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.49614
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