## Radiative horizontal transport and absorption in stratocumulus clouds

The equation of radiative energy balance in a homogeneous plane-parallel cloud accounts for the photon transport in the vertical direction only. From this equation, the absorption can be evaluated as a difference between the net radiative fluxes measured on the cloud top and bottom. Real clouds exhibit extreme horizontal variability of their optical and, hence, radiative properties. So the radiative energy balance equation for inhomogeneous clouds includes an extra term to describe the net energy transport in the horizontal directions (radiative horizontal transport). This study investigates the horizontal transport in nonhomogeneous stratocumulus clouds and its influence on the accuracy ofmore »