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By Alexander Marshak, Anthony Davis

Advancements in 3-dimensional cloud radiation over the last few a long time are assessed and distilled into this contributed quantity. Chapters are authored via subject-matter specialists who address a extensive viewers of graduate scholars, researchers, and someone attracted to cloud-radiation tactics within the sunlight and infrared spectral regions. After introductory chapters and a piece at the primary physics and computational ideas, the amount greatly treats major program parts: the influence of clouds at the Earth's radiation price range, that's a vital element of weather modeling; and distant commentary of clouds, particularly with the complex sensors on present and destiny satellite tv for pc missions.

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Absent an effort of size appropriate to the importance of the problem, cloud radiation will, sadly, remain somewhat of a wild card and a tuning knob enabling an uncomfortably large range of climate change scenarios. For the ARPA program, I wound up building the first atmospheric radiation model that worked identically across the solar and IR spectrums – amazingly, solar and IR radiation were separate communities with almost no communication at that time! 5 and 5 microns wavelength which both communities disowned, and other disharmonies.

Bob had done field work in BOMEX but, like me, had primarily been engaged in theoretical pursuits before this happened. Some might have viewed us as an unlikely pair to nucleate any kind of observational program, given our backgrounds. 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).

3D cloud radiation has not undergone a classic revolution, where a pre-existing theory is overthrown. No such dominant theory existed – certainly not that old bugaboo 1D radiation. 1D radiation was merely a waystation at which to bide time, and do what useful work could be done, until the proper tools for 3D were available. No one seriously contended that 1D would suffice for the 3D problem except in very circumscribed situations like GCMs. There was a small scuffle in the 1980s between the Euclideanists and the fractalists over how best to model 3D structure, but the Euclidean cloud shape model, like the 1D model, was merely a waystation.

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