Download e-book for iPad: 3D Radiative Transfer in Cloudy Atmospheres (Physics of by Alexander Marshak, Anthony Davis

By Alexander Marshak, Anthony Davis

ISBN-10: 3540239588

ISBN-13: 9783540239581

Advancements in third-dimensional cloud radiation over the last few a long time are assessed and distilled into this contributed quantity. Chapters are authored through subject-matter specialists who address a large viewers of graduate scholars, researchers, and a person drawn to cloud-radiation procedures within the sun and infrared spectral regions. After introductory chapters and a piece at the primary physics and computational ideas, the amount greatly treats major software components: the influence of clouds at the Earth's radiation funds, that's a necessary element of weather modeling; and distant commentary of clouds, particularly with the complicated sensors on present and destiny satellite tv for pc missions.

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Shouldn’t we rather observe typical, messy clouds in the field, then distill what we observe into simple models on the computer? That’s the normal process of science, whose main paradigm was established 400 years ago, when Newton started with the messy planetary motions and captured them inside simple dynamical laws. The whole process with clouds seems the opposite of that, namely: study only the simplest data, then fit it into the most complex theories. Just because it is easy to have complexity on the computer, doesn’t mean it is the right thing to do.

In fact, they were relying on other radiation people to invent mythological “radiation clouds” – pancakes with no spatial variation and no variation in drop size distribution. This was convenient for getting on with the radiation business, but so far from reality that communication between the two communities remained virtually nonexistent until the early 1990s. As one of the few who tried to learn something about cloud physics and cloud models and interact with the cloud physics community, I witnessed this firsthand.

I grabbed the radiation part when the scientist originally committed to it left the company. With a PhD under Gerald Whitham in applied math (applied to nonlinear waves in water and plasmas), plus one course in the Boltzmann transport equation with an emphasis on neutrons from Noel Corngold at Caltech, I was obviously ideally suited to the task! Perhaps having done a senior thesis at MIT with Hans Mueller of Mueller matrix fame predisposed me to take up these radiation cudgels. Fortunately, I had the benefit of a remarkable mentor, Burt Freeman, who taught me a great deal about radiation and about the Los Alamos-Livermore-General Atomics axis from whose bowels our company and a lot of good but classified radiation work had sprung.

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