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By Alexander Marshak, Anthony Davis

Developments in 3-dimensional cloud radiation over the last few a long time are assessed and distilled into this contributed quantity. Chapters are authored by way of subject-matter specialists who address a huge viewers of graduate scholars, researchers, and somebody drawn to cloud-radiation tactics within the sun and infrared spectral regions. After introductory chapters and a piece at the basic physics and computational innovations, the amount commonly treats major program components: the impression of clouds at the Earth's radiation funds, that's a necessary element of weather modeling; and distant remark of clouds, particularly with the complex sensors on present and destiny satellite tv for pc missions.

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I would like to make a brief survey of some of those new tools, in particular: new instruments and observing strategies; new models of cloud structure based on fractal and other scaling concepts; and new radiative transfer methods. My second major theme of scale will arise naturally in this survey. Let us begin by first looking back at where we were in the 1970s. J. 5 Tools for 3D Clouds, 1970s through 1990s I would really prefer to skip the past and just read my crystal ball about future tools.

My detour into 1D plane parallel radiative transfer lasted almost two decades, but when I finally got back to 3D radiative transfer as a result of the birth of the Dept. of Energy ARM program in 1990, I was under no illusion that we would need to invent the field from scratch. 11 Computer solutions were frowned upon at Caltech in favor of classical analysis, so what little numerical analysis I learned was at night away from the prying eyes of my thesis adviser. J. Wiscombe When I entered the atmospheric radiation field in 1970, it was so small that it hadn’t even had its first AMS conference yet (Tom Vonder Haar organized one in 1972).

Since I have often favored tool creation over paper publishing, but never discussed this choice publicly before, I have taken the opportunity to do so as one major theme of this chapter, below. J. Wiscombe In 1974, I took a 20% pay cut to join the fledging NCAR Climate Project in Colorado at a time when immigration of bright scientists and engineers from other fields was being actively encouraged by NCAR and NSF. 12 I was to become the first full-time cloud radiation modeler at NCAR. ); (2) Doug Lilly, whose seminal work on cloud-topped boundary layer infrared cooling had put radiation on the map of cloud dynamicists; and (3) two pioneering and somewhat rival cloud dynamics modeling efforts, one by Deardorff and Lilly (without microphysics) and one by Clark and Hall (with microphysics).

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