By Alexander Marshak, Anthony Davis

ISBN-10: 3540239588

ISBN-13: 9783540239581

Advancements in third-dimensional cloud radiation during the last few many years are assessed and distilled into this contributed quantity. Chapters are authored by way of subject-matter specialists who address a large viewers of graduate scholars, researchers, and an individual drawn to cloud-radiation strategies within the sunlight and infrared spectral regions. After introductory chapters and a piece at the basic physics and computational ideas, the quantity commonly treats major program components: the impression of clouds at the Earth's radiation finances, that is a necessary point of weather modeling; and distant statement of clouds, specifically with the complex sensors on present and destiny satellite tv for pc missions.

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How wrong any such judgment would prove to be! We both threw ourselves wholeheartedly into learning about atmospheric instruments and what could be done spectrally. We decided on the simplest possible problem for our first outing, the clearsky longwave measured with IR spectrometers, and created, after the usual setbacks and false starts, the SPECTRE field program (Ellingson and Wiscombe, 1996). J. Wiscombe radiation measurements. 15 SPECTRE became the blueprint for ARM. Most of our SPECTRE instruments survive to the present (in much improved form) in ARM, and some of our SPECTRE documentation became part of the earliest ARM Science Plan.

Most were single-aircraft, single-PI efforts, aimed at dynamics, turbulence, and cloud microphysics. Radiation was, at best, an afterthought. Drops were collected on sticky tape (Formvar replicators to be precise) and sized manually; thus a single drop distribution, with hours of graduate student labor behind it, seemed of much greater value than today! For a while, I indulged an obsession with gathering drop distributions, calculating their various moments, and comparing them to the distributions popular among cloud radiative transfer scientists.

Shouldn’t we rather observe typical, messy clouds in the field, then distill what we observe into simple models on the computer? That’s the normal process of science, whose main paradigm was established 400 years ago, when Newton started with the messy planetary motions and captured them inside simple dynamical laws. The whole process with clouds seems the opposite of that, namely: study only the simplest data, then fit it into the most complex theories. Just because it is easy to have complexity on the computer, doesn’t mean it is the right thing to do.

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