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Title: Radiation and cloud processes in the atmosphere. Theory, observation, and modeling

Abstract

Following an introductory chapter on the global energy balance, there are separate chapters on the theory and parameterization of thermal and of solar radiation. Clouds as such hardly feature in these two chapters, which are principally concerned with molecular absorption and its parameterization and with the development of numerical techniques for dealing with multiple scattering. While the material is certainly relevant, one might reasonably question whether 150 pages should be devoted to these topics in a book whose focus is supposed to be clouds. The following chapter, however, is concerned with the physical properties of clouds. There is a brief description of cloud climatology and of the microphysical properties of various cloud types, the latter using mainly quite old material. But most of the chapter deals with parameterizations of various processes, for example, methods for treating the effects of cumulus convection. In a companion chapter, the radiative properties of clouds are discussed, including material from Liou's own studies of cirrus clouds. The sixth chapter, on atmospheres in radiative and thermal equilibrium, contains material that perhaps should have appeared much earlier. It is a pity that more data from the Earth Radiation Budget Experiment could not have been shown here, asmore » the radiation budget illustrations already look a little dated. The final chapter is concerned with the treatment of radiation and cloud processes in large-scale models and with some of the radiative effects of clouds on climate and in climate change studies.« less

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7081459
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Other Information: From Review by Anthony Slingo, Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research, Bracknell (United Kingdom), Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, Vol. 75, No. 3 (Mar 1994); Related Information: Oxford Monographs on Geology and Geophysics No. 20
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; CLOUDS; PHYSICAL PROPERTIES; THERMODYNAMIC PROPERTIES; EARTH ATMOSPHERE; CLIMATE MODELS; REVIEWS; SOLAR RADIATION; DOCUMENT TYPES; MATHEMATICAL MODELS; RADIATIONS; STELLAR RADIATION; 540110*

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Liou, K N. Radiation and cloud processes in the atmosphere. Theory, observation, and modeling. United States: N. p., 1992. Web.
Liou, K N. Radiation and cloud processes in the atmosphere. Theory, observation, and modeling. United States.
Liou, K N. Wed . "Radiation and cloud processes in the atmosphere. Theory, observation, and modeling". United States.
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abstractNote = {Following an introductory chapter on the global energy balance, there are separate chapters on the theory and parameterization of thermal and of solar radiation. Clouds as such hardly feature in these two chapters, which are principally concerned with molecular absorption and its parameterization and with the development of numerical techniques for dealing with multiple scattering. While the material is certainly relevant, one might reasonably question whether 150 pages should be devoted to these topics in a book whose focus is supposed to be clouds. The following chapter, however, is concerned with the physical properties of clouds. There is a brief description of cloud climatology and of the microphysical properties of various cloud types, the latter using mainly quite old material. But most of the chapter deals with parameterizations of various processes, for example, methods for treating the effects of cumulus convection. In a companion chapter, the radiative properties of clouds are discussed, including material from Liou's own studies of cirrus clouds. The sixth chapter, on atmospheres in radiative and thermal equilibrium, contains material that perhaps should have appeared much earlier. It is a pity that more data from the Earth Radiation Budget Experiment could not have been shown here, as the radiation budget illustrations already look a little dated. The final chapter is concerned with the treatment of radiation and cloud processes in large-scale models and with some of the radiative effects of clouds on climate and in climate change studies.},
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