New Directions in the Radiative Transfer of Cloudy Atmospheres.

Oreopoulos, L., Marshak, A., Cahalan, R. F., Varnai, T., Davis, A. B. and Macke, Andreas (2006) New Directions in the Radiative Transfer of Cloudy Atmospheres. Open Access Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union, 87 (5). pp. 52-53. DOI 10.1029/2006EO050006.

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Atmospheric radiative transfer plays a central role in understanding global climate change and anthropogenic climate forcing, and in the remote sensing of surface and atmospheric properties. Because of their opacity and highly scattering nature, clouds (covering more than half the planet at any time) pose unique challenges in atmospheric radiative transfer calculations.

Some widely-used assumptions regarding clouds—such as having a flat top and base, horizontal uniformity, and infinite extent—are amenable to simple one-dimensional (1-D) radiative transfer and are therefore attractive from a computational point of view. However, these assumptions are completely unrealistic and yield errors. The ever-increasing need to realistically simulate cloud radiative processes in remote sensing and energy budget applications has contributed to the recent rapid growth of the three-dimensional (3-D) radiative transfer (RT) community [e.g., Marshak and Davis, 2005].

Document Type: Article
Keywords: 3D Atmospheric Radiative Transfer
Research affiliation: OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB1 Ocean Circulation and Climate Dynamics > FB1-ME Maritime Meteorology
Refereed: No
Open Access Journal?: No
DOI etc.: 10.1029/2006EO050006
ISSN: 0096-3941
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2008 16:52
Last Modified: 23 Feb 2017 12:28

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