Atmospheric Radiation: Theoretical Basis

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Oxford University Press, Dec 7, 1995 - Science - 519 pages
A complete revision of Goody's classic 1964 work, this volume offers a systematic discussion of atmospheric radiation processes that today are at the center of worldwide study and concern. It deals with the ways in which incident solar radiation is transformed into scattered and thermal radiation, and the thermodynamic consequences for the Earth's gaseous envelope, identifying aspects of the interaction between radiation and atmospheric motions as the central theme for atmospheric radiation studies. As a complete treatment of physical and mathematical foundations, the text assumes no prior knowledge of atmospheric physics. The theoretical discussion is systematic, and can therefore be applied with minor extension to any planetary atmosphere.
 

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Contents

1 INTRODUCTION
1
2 THEORY OF RADIATIVE TRANSFER
16
3 VIBRATIONROTATION SPECTRA OF GASEOUS MOLECULES
67
4 BAND MODELS
125
5 ABSORPTION BY ATMOSPHERIC GASES
189
6 RADIATION CALCULATIONS IN A CLEAR ATMOSPHERE
216
7 EXTINCTION BY MOLECULES AND DROPLETS
288
8 RADIATIVE TRANSFER IN A SCATTERING ATMOSPHERE
330
Appendix 2 Spectroscopic units
464
Appendix 3 A model atmosphere
468
Appendix 4 Properties of water vapor
470
Appendix 5 The Planck function
472
Appendix 6 The exponential integrals
475
Appendix 7 The Ladenburg and Reiche function
477
Appendix 8 The Elsasser function
480
Appendix 9 The physical state of the sun
482

9 ATMOSPHERES IN RADIATIVE EQUILIBRIUM
388
10 EVOLUTION OF A THERMAL DISTURBANCE
426
Appendix 1 Physical constants
462
Author Index
497
Subject Index
503
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Page 1 - The transformation of the incident solar radiation into scattered and thermal radiation, and the consequent thermodynamic effects on the earth's gaseous envelope, are very complicated phenomena, requiring the most advanced methods of molecular physics and quantum mechanical calculations. Absorption along a real atmospheric path, where pressure, temperature and composition all vary, presents problems...

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