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Edited By: David K Lynch, Kenneth Sassen, David Starr and Graeme Stephens

432 pages, B/w photos, illus

Oxford University Press

Hardback | Apr 2002 | #123096 | ISBN: 0195130723
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Devoted entirely to cirrus clouds, this book captures the state of knowledge of cirrus and serves as a practical handbook as well. Topics include: the definition of cirrus, cirrus climatologies, nucleation, evolution and dissipation, mixed-phase thermodynamics, crystallinity, orientation mechanisms, dynamics, scattering, radiative transfer, in situ sampling, processes that produce or influence cirrus (and vice versa), contrails, and the influence of cirrus on climate.

"An outgrowth of a 1998 conference held in Baltimore, Maryland, this title brings together the latest research on cirrus clouds, which until recently had received little attention. Contemporary studies have shown that these clouds can have an effect on climate change, and the book explores this subject, focusing on the interrelationships of cirrus clouds with the global radiation budget and remote sensing systems. Many other cirrus topics are addressed as well, including their history and definition, structural and optical properties, evolution and dissipation, radiative transfer, and anthropogenic effects."--Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society
"This text presents in an edited book form the invited papers from an October 1998 meeting, held in Baltimore and sponsored by the Optical Society of America (OSA). This was the first ever international scientific meeting devoted to cirrus clouds. The twenty-one chapters provide a technical survey of cirrus clouds, and is inte


1. Cirrus: History and Definition; 2. Cirrus: A Modern Perspective; 3. Ice Crystals in Cirrus; 4. Mid-latitude and Tropical Cirrus: Microphysical Properties; 5. Laboratory Studies of Cirrus Cloud Processes; 6. Cirrus and Weather: A Satellite Perspective; 7. Satellite Remote Sensing of Cirrus; 8. Ground-based Remote Sensing of Cirrus Clouds; 9. Molecular-Backscatter Lidar Profiling of the Volume-Scattering Coefficient in Cirrus; 10. Structural and Optical Properties of Cirrus from LIRAD-type Observations; 11. Contrial Cirrus; 12. Subvisual Cirrus; 13. Radiative Transfer in Cirrus Clouds: Light Scatting and Spectral Information; 14. On Cirrus Modeling for General Circulation and Climate Models; 15. GCM Simulations of Cirrus for Climate Studies; 16. Ice Clouds in Numerical Weather Prediction Models: Progress, Problems and Prospects; 17. Dynamic Processes in Cirrus Clouds: A Review of Observational Results; 18. Dynamic Processes in Cirrus Clouds: Concepts and Models; 19. Microphysical Processes in Cirrus and Their Impact on Radiation: A Mesoscale Modeling Perspective; 20. Cirrus, Climate and Global Change; 21. Cirrus: The Future

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