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Radiative Transfer in the Atmosphere and Ocean

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  • Date Published: April 2011
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  • isbn: 9780511878626

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  • This text provides a foundation in both the theoretical and practical aspects of radiative transfer, for advanced students of atmospheric, oceanic and environmental sciences. The transfer of solar and infrared radiation through optically-thick clouds, aerosol layer, and the oceanic mixed layer is presented through the use of heuristic models of scattering and absorption, and a systematic approach to formulation and solution of the radiative transfer equation. Problems such as the transmission of ultraviolet radiation through the atmosphere and ocean, remote sensing, solar heating and infrared cooling processes, UV biological dose rates, and greenhouse warming are solved using a variety of methods. This self-contained, systematic treatment will prepare students from a range of disciplines in problems concerning the effects of solar and infrared radiation on natural systems. The hardback edition received excellent reviews.

    • Paperback of a successful hardback which received very favourable reviews
    • Unified approach to radiation problems in the atmosphere and ocean, previously having two separate approaches
    • A self-contained, systematic and comprehensive approach for advanced students
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    '… the culmination of the authors' teaching efforts over many years … for advanced undergraduate and graduate students in atmospheric and oceanic sciences, but it is also provides a useful reference for the practitioner … a valuable resource for those interested in terrestrial radiative transfer. It contains good discussions and physical explanations within the main text, useful summaries, notes, comments, and up-to-date references.' Lazaros Oreopoulos and Steven Platnick, Physics Today

    ' … I would rate the book strongly … it combines mathematical rigour with a strongly supportive text that gives good insight into the physical processes.' International Journal of Climatology

    '… this book fills a gap between descriptive texts covering the physical processes and the practical numerical approaches needed in research. Designed to convey insight into the transfer process, it can also be used as a self-contained manual for practitioners who require accurate modeling of the effects of solar and infrared radiation of natural systems.' Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society

    'This book should not be missing on (sic) the desk of any person seriously interested in radiative transfer … I am sure that both instructor and student can profit a great deal from studying this excellent work.' Wilford Zdunkowski, Meteorology and Atmospheric Physics

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    • Date Published: April 2011
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511878626
    • contains: 175 b/w illus. 1 table
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    1. Basic properties of radiation, atmospheres and oceans
    2. Basic state variables
    3. Interaction of radiation with matter
    4. Formulation of radiative transfer problems
    5. Approximate solutions of prototype problems
    6. Accurate numerical solutions of prototype problems
    7. Emission-dominated radiative processes
    8. Radiative transfer in spectrally-complex media
    9. Solar radiation driving photochemistry and photobiology
    10. The role of radiation in climate
    Appendix 1. A primer on radiative transfer: absorption and scattering opacity
    Appendix 2. Stokes parameters, Poincare sphere, and the Mueller matrix
    Appendix 3. Nomenclature: glossary of symbols
    Appendix 4. Principle of reciprocity for the bidirectional reflectance
    Appendix 5. Isolation of the azimuth-dependence
    Appendix 6. The streaming term in spherical geometry
    Appendix 7. Reflectance and transmittance of the invariant intensity (I
    n2)
    Appendix 8. Scaling transformation for anisotropic scattering
    Appendix 9. Reciprocity, duality and effects of surface reflection
    Appendix 10. Removal of overflow problems in the intensity formulas.

  • Authors

    Gary E. Thomas, University of Colorado, Boulder

    Knut Stamnes, University of Alaska, Fairbanks

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