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Radiative Transfer in the Atmosphere and Ocean

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  • Date Published: July 2017
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  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107094734
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  • This new and completely updated edition gives a detailed description of radiative transfer processes at a level accessible to advanced students. The volume gives the reader a basic understanding of global warming and enhanced levels of harmful ultraviolet radiation caused by ozone depletion. It teaches the basic physics of absorption, scattering and emission processes in turbid media, such as the atmosphere and ocean, using simple semi-classical models. The radiative transfer equation, including multiple scattering, is formulated and solved for several prototype problems, using both simple approximate and accurate numerical methods. In addition, the reader has access to a powerful, state-of-the-art computational code for simulating radiative transfer processes in coupled atmosphere-water systems including snow and ice. This computational code can be regarded as a powerful educational aid, but also as a research tool that can be applied to solve a variety of research problems in environmental sciences.

    • Teaches solutions for radiative transfer problems across a broad range of disciplines with a self-contained, systematic treatment
    • Offers a unique emphasis on formulation, judicial approximations and numerical solutions
    • Provides a unified treatment of radiative transfer in coupled atmosphere-water systems, filling the gap between descriptive texts and practical approaches
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    04th Jan 2019 by Palm2012

    It is necessary to have this book on your shelf if you want to do some work related to atmospheric radiation and remote sensing

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    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: July 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107094734
    • length: 528 pages
    • dimensions: 261 x 181 x 28 mm
    • weight: 1.26kg
    • contains: 98 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Basic properties of radiation, atmospheres, and oceans
    2. Basic state variables and the radiative transfer equation
    3. Basic scattering processes
    4. Absorption by solid, aqueous, and gaseous media
    5. Principles of radiative transfer
    6. Formulation of radiative transfer problems
    7. Approximation solutions of prototype problems
    8. The role of radiation in climate
    9. Accurate numerical solutions of prototype problems
    10. Shortwave radiative transfer in the atmosphere and ocean
    Appendix A. Nomenclature: glossary of symbols
    Appendix B. Physical constants
    Appendix C. Ocean optics nomenclature
    Appendix D. Reflectance and transmittance at an interface
    Online appendices: Appendix E. A primer on absorption and scattering opacity
    Appendix F. Elementary concepts
    Appendix G. Derivation of the Planck radiation law
    Appendix H. The two-level atom
    Appendix I. Non-gray inhomogeneous media
    Appendix J. Reciprocity for the bidirectional reflectance
    Appendix K. Harmonic electromagnetic plane waves
    Appendix L. Representations of polarized light
    Appendix M. Spherical shell geometry
    Appendix N. The streaming term in spherical geometry
    Appendix O. Isolation of the Azimuth-dependence
    Appendix P. Scaling transformation for anisotropic scattering
    Appendix Q. Reciprocity, duality, and effects of surface reflection
    Appendix R. Probabilistic aspects of radiative transfer
    Appendix S. Details and derivations
    Appendix T. Inherent optical properties
    Appendix U. Model atmospheres.

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    Radiative Transfer in the Atmosphere and Ocean

    Knut Stamnes, Gary E. Thomas, Jakob J. Stamnes

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  • Authors

    Knut Stamnes, Stevens Institute of Technology, New Jersey
    Knut Stamnes is a Professor in the Department of Physics and Engineering Physics and Director of the Light and Life Laboratory at Stevens Institute of Technology, New Jersey. His research interests include radiative transfer, ocean optics and remote sensing and he has published over 200 papers and co-authored two textbooks: this one and Radiative Transfer in Coupled Environmental Systems (2015). He is a fellow of the Optical Society (OSA), a member of the International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE) and a member of the Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences.

    Gary E. Thomas, University of Colorado Boulder
    Gary E. Thomas is an Emeritus Professor in the Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Science and Senior Research Associate at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics at the University of Colorado Boulder. His research interests are in the remote sensing of Earth and planetary atmospheres. He has published over 150 papers in various fields of planetary and atmospheric science. He taught the graduate course Radiative Transfer at the University of Colorado over a period of thirty years.

    Jakob J. Stamnes, Universitetet i Bergen, Norway
    Jakob J. Stamnes is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Physics and Technology at Universitetet i Bergen, Norway and CEO of Balter Medical, Norway. His research interests include wave propagation, radiative transfer, ocean optics and remote sensing. He has published over 190 research papers. He is the author of Waves in Focal Regions (1986) and co-authored Radiative Transfer in Coupled Environmental Systems (2015). He is a fellow of the Optical Society (OSA), and a member of the International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE) and a member of the Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences.

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