© 1984

Radiation in a Cloudy Atmosphere

  • E. M. Feigelson

Part of the Atmospheric Sciences Library book series (ATSL, volume 6)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-IX
  2. Introduction

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      Pages 1-2
  3. Cloud Structures and Optical Characteristics of Clouds

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 3-3
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      Pages 4-15
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      Pages 16-31
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      Pages 67-79
  4. Photon Paths in Clouds

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 80-83
    2. E. M. Feigelson
      Pages 84-102
  5. Fluxes of Solar Radiation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 117-117
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      Pages 118-135
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      Pages 136-151
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      Pages 177-196
  6. Thermal Radiation of a Cloudy Atmosphere

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 197-197
    2. E. M. Feigelson
      Pages 198-205

About this book


Radiative heat transfer is a fundamental factor in the energetics of the terrestrial atmosphere: the system consisting of the atmosphere and the underlying layer is heated by the Sun, and this heating is compensated, on the average, by thermal radia­ tion. Only over a period of 1-3 days from some specified initial moment can the dynamic processes in the atmosphere be considered to be adiabatic. Global dynamic processes of long duration are regulated by the actual influxes of heat, one of the main ones being the radiative influx. Radiation must be taken into account in long-term, weather forecasting and when considering the global circulation of the atmosphere, the theory of climate, etc. Thus it is necessary to know the albedo of the system, the amount of solar radiation transmitted by the atmosphere, the absorptivity of the atmosphere vis-a-vis solar radiation, and also the effective radiation flux, the divergence of which represents the radiative cooling or heating. All these quantities have to be integrated over the wavelength spectrum of the solar or thermal radiation, and they must be ascertained as functions of the determining factors. The relation­ ships between the indicated radiation characteristics, the optical quantities directly determining them, the optically active compo­ nents of the atmosphere, and the meteorological fields will be discussed in this book.


Absorption Aerosol Albedo Cloud cloud amount cloudiness temperature

Editors and affiliations

  • E. M. Feigelson
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Atmospheric PhysicsAcademy of SciencesU.S.S.R.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Radiation in a Cloudy Atmosphere
  • Editors E.M. Feigelson
  • Series Title Atmospheric Sciences Library
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1984
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-90-277-1803-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-009-6445-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-009-6443-3
  • Series ISSN 1383-8601
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages IX, 293
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Atmospheric Sciences
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