15 September 1993 Retrieval of cirrus radiative and spatial properties using coincident AVHRR and HIRS satellite data
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Clouds have significant effects on the radiative exchanges that take place between the Earth's suxface and its atmosphere. The role of clouds in influencing and moderating climatic change is central to the complex interaction of the sun's incoming radiation with the Earth-atmosphere system. In general, the current consensus among climate researchers is that clouds have a net cooling effect on the Earth's climate, but just how much of cn effect is still veiy much in question (Arking, 1991). Among the factors detennining the effect of clouds on climate are cloud fraction, altitude, and optical depth. These factors are considered essential to the cloud radiative feedback processes that take place in the Earth-atmosphere system. In order to properly assess the influence of clouds on climate, global measurements of cloud are needed.
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Robert P. d'Entremont, Donald P. Wylie, Daniel C. Peduzzi, Joseph Doherty, "Retrieval of cirrus radiative and spatial properties using coincident AVHRR and HIRS satellite data", Proc. SPIE 1934, Passive Infrared Remote Sensing of Clouds and the Atmosphere, (15 September 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.154902; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.154902
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