An Introduction to Atmospheric RadiationThis Second Edition of An Introduction to Atmospheric Radiation has been extensively revised to address the fundamental study and quantitative measurement of the interactions of solar and terrestrial radiation with molecules, aerosols, and cloud particles in planetary atmospheres. It contains 70% new material, much of it stemming from the investigation of the atmospheric greenhouse effects of external radiative perturbations in climate systems, and the development of methodologies for inferring atmospheric and surface parameters by means of remote sensing. Liou's comprehensive treatment of the fundamentals of atmospheric radiation was developed for students, academics, and researchers in atmospheric sciences, remote sensing, and climate modeling.

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Contents
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Chapter 3 Absorption and Scattering of Solar Radiation in the Atmosphere  65 
Chapter 4 Thermal Infrared Radiation Transfer in the Atmosphere  116 
Chapter 5 Light Scattering by Atmospheric Particulates  169 
Chapter 6 Principles of Radiative Transfer in Planetary Atmospheres  257 
Chapter 7 Application of Radiative Transfer Principles to Remote Sensing  348 
Chapter 8 Radiation and Climate  442 
Appendix C Spherical Geometry  527 
Appendix D Complex Index of Refraction Dispersion of Light and LorentzLorenz Formula  529 
Appendix E Properties of the Legendre Polynomials and Addition Theorem  533 
Appendix F Some Useful Constants  536 
Appendix G Standard Atmospheric Profiles  537 
Appendix H Answers to Selected Exercises  538 
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Appendix A Derivation of the Planck Function  523 
Appendix B The Schrödinger Wave Equation  525 
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absorbed absorption coefficient aerosols albedo approximation atmosphere backscattering band blackbody calculations cirrus clouds climate models components computed cross section defined in Eq denotes derived diffraction direction discussed distribution droplets earth earth–atmosphere system effect electromagnetic emission emitted energy equation equilibrium FDTD Figure flux density follows gases geometric optics given global ice crystals incident infrared integration layer light beam light scattering Liou Lorenz–Mie measurements method microwave molecules nonspherical observed optical depth ozone parameters phase function phase matrix polarization radiance radiative forcing radiative transfer radiometer radius Rayleigh scattering rays referred reflection refractive index region remote sensing respectively retrieval satellite scattering angle shown in Fig singlescattering albedo solar constant solar flux solar radiation solution spectrum sphere spherical Stokes parameters stratosphere surface temperature thermal infrared troposphere vector vertical water vapor wave wavelength wavenumber weighting function