An Introduction to Atmospheric Radiation

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Elsevier, May 9, 2002 - Science - 583 pages
This 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.
  • Balanced treatment of fundamentals and applications
  • Includes over 170 illustrations to complement the concise description of each subject
  • Numerous examples and hands-on exercises at the end of each chapter
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Fundamentals of Radiation for Atmospheric Applications
1
Chapter 2 Solar Radiation at the Top of the Atmosphere
37
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
References
543
Index
557

Appendix A Derivation of the Planck Function
523
Appendix B The Schrödinger Wave Equation
525
Previous Volumes in International Geophysics Series
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K. N. Liou is professor and chair of the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles. He was awarded the Jule G. Charney Award from the American Meteorological Society in 1998 for his "pioneering work in the theory and application of radiative transport and its interaction with clouds". Liou is author or co-author of more than 140 scientific papers and 2 previous books.

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