30 November 2004 Simple approximate solutions of the radiative transfer equation for a cloudy atmosphere
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The paper is devoted to the derivation of approximate analytical equations for the top-of-atmosphere reflection function of a cloudy atmosphere. These equations are based on the analytical solution of the radiative transfer equation valid for optically thick clouds. In particular, we consider the radiative transfer both in the gaseous absorption bands and also in the regions, where gaseous absorption can be neglected. The results obtained are of importance for a number of cloud optics problems including cloud optical and microphysical properties determination from spaceborne optical instruments.
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Alexander A. Kokhanovsky, Vladimir V. Rozanov, "Simple approximate solutions of the radiative transfer equation for a cloudy atmosphere", Proc. SPIE 5571, Remote Sensing of Clouds and the Atmosphere IX, (30 November 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.564741; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.564741
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