432 pages, B/w photos, illus
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
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