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Radiative Transfer in the Atmosphere and Ocean

Series: Cambridge Atmospheric and Space Science Series

By: Gary E Thomas and Knut Stamnes

517 pages, 6 b/w photos, 169 figs, tabs

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Apr 2002 | #124965 | ISBN: 0521890616
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Hardback | Oct 1999 | #54326 | ISBN: 0521401240
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Radiative transfer is important to a range of disciplines from the study of the greenhouse warming, to stellar atmospheres and ocean optics. This text will provide a foundation of the theory and practical aspects of radiative transfer, for graduate students in atmospheric, oceanic and environmental sciences.

'... the culmination of the authors' teaching efforts over many years ... for advanced undergraduate and graduate students in atmospheric and oceanic sciences, but it is also provides a useful reference for the practitioner ... a valuable resource for those interested in terrestrial radiative transfer. It contains good discussions and physical explanations within the main text, useful summaries, notes, comments, and up-to-date references.' Lazaros Oreopoulos and Steven Platnick, Physics Today ' ... I would rate the book strongly ... it combines mathematical rigour with a strongly supportive text that gives good insight into the physical processes.' International Journal of Climatology '... this book fills a gap between descriptive texts covering the physical processes and the practical numerical approaches needed in research. Designed to convey insight into the transfer process, it can also be used as a self-contained manual for practitioners who require accurate modeling of the effects of solar and infrared radiation of natural systems.' Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 'This book should not be missing on (sic) the desk of any person seriously interested in radiative transfer ... I am sure that both instructor and student can profit a great deal from studying this excellent work.' Wilford Zdunkowski, Meteorology and Atmospheric Physics


Preface; 1. Basic properties of radiation, atmospheres and oceans; 2. Basic state variables; 3. Interaction of radiation with matter; 4. Formulation of radiative transfer problems; 5. Approximate solutions of prototype problems; 6. Accurate numerical solutions of prototype problems; 7. Emission-dominated radiative processes; 8. Radiative transfer in spectrally-complex media; 9. Solar radiation driving photochemistry and photobiology; 10. The role of radiation in climate; Appendix 1. A primer on radiative transfer: absorption and scattering opacity; Appendix 2. Stokes parameters, Poincare sphere, and the Mueller matrix; Appendix 3. Nomenclature: glossary of symbols; Appendix 4. Principle of reciprocity for the bidirectional reflectance; Appendix 5. Isolation of the azimuth-dependence; Appendix 6. The streaming term in spherical geometry; Appendix 7. Reflectance and transmittance of the invariant intensity (I;n2); Appendix 8. Scaling transformation for anisotropic scattering; Appendix 9. Reciprocity, duality and effects of surface reflection; Appendix 10. Removal of overflow problems in the intensity formulas.

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