Cloud Optics

  • Alexander A. Kokhanovsky

Part of the Atmospheric and Oceanographic Sciences Library book series (ATSL, volume 34)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Alexander A. Kokhanovsky
    Pages 1-31
  3. Alexander A. Kokhanovsky
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  4. Alexander A. Kokhanovsky
    Pages 113-206
  5. Alexander A. Kokhanovsky
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  6. Back Matter
    Pages 259-281

About this book


Clouds affect the climate of the Earth, and they are an important factor in the weather. Therefore, their radiative properties must be understood in great detail. This book summarizes current knowledge on cloud optical properties, for example their ability to absorb, transmit, and reflect light, which depends on the clouds’ geometrical and microphysical characteristics such as sizes of droplets and crystals, their shapes, and structures. In addition, problems related to the image transfer through clouds and cloud remote sensing are addressed in this book in great detail.

This book can be an important source of information on theoretical cloud optics for cloud physicists, meteorologists and optical engineers.

All basic ideas of optics as related to scattering of light in clouds (e.g. Mie theory and radiative transfer) are considered in a self consistent way. Consequently, the book can also be a useful textbook to newcomers to the field.


Cloud Fog LED Laser Transmission light propagation photon diffusion, scattering, absorption, emission

Authors and affiliations

  • Alexander A. Kokhanovsky
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  1. 1.University of BremenBremenGermany

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