Atmospheric Radiation: Theoretical Basis

Paperback | January 1, 1985

byR. M. Goody, Y. L. Yung

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A complete revision of Goody's classic 1964 work, this volume offers a systematic discussion of atmospheric radiation processes that today are at the center of worldwide study and concern. It deals with the ways in which incident solar radiation is transformed into scattered and thermalradiation, and the thermodynamic consequences for the Earth's gaseous envelope, identifying aspects of the interaction between radiation and atmospheric motions as the central theme for atmospheric radiation studies. As a complete treatment of physical and mathematical foundations, the text assumesno prior knowledge of atmospheric physics. The theoretical discussion is systematic, and can therefore be applied with minor extension to any planetary atmosphere.

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A complete revision of Goody's classic 1964 work, this volume offers a systematic discussion of atmospheric radiation processes that today are at the center of worldwide study and concern. It deals with the ways in which incident solar radiation is transformed into scattered and thermalradiation, and the thermodynamic consequences for...

R. M. Goody is at Harvard University (Emeritus). Y. L. Yung is at California Institute of Technology.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:544 pages, 9.17 × 6.06 × 1.02 inPublished:January 1, 1985Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction1.1. The Nature of the Problem1.2. The Thermal Structure of the Atmosphere1.3. The Chemical Composition of the Atmosphere2. Theory of Radiative Transfer2.1. Definitions2.2. Thermal Emission2.3. The Integral Equations2.4. Approximate Methods for Thermal Radiation3. Vibration-Rotation Spectra of Gaseous Molecules3.1. Introduction3.2. Vibration-Rotation Spectra3.3. The Shape of a Spectral Line3.4. Collision-Induced and Polymer Spectra3.5. Overview4. Band Models4.1. Introduction4.2. Isolated Lines4.3. Distributed Line Intensities4.4. The Effect of Overlap4.5. Regular Models4.6. Random Models4.7. Generalized Transmission Functions4.8. K-Distributions4.9. Models of Complete Bands5. Absorption by Atmospheric Gases5.1. Introduction5.2. Nitrogen5.3. Oxygen5.4. Water Vapor5.5. Carbon Dioxide5.6. Ozone5.7. Nitrous Oxide, Carbon Monoxide and Methane6. Radiation Calculations in a Clear Atmosphere6.1. Introduction6.2. Transmission Through a Nonhomogeneous Atmosphere6.3. Topics Concerning Heating Rates6.4. Approximate Methods6.5. The Inverse Problem for Thermal Radiation7. Extinction by Molecules and Droplets7.1. The Problem in Terms of the Electromagnetic Theory7.2. Scattering Functions7.3. Rayleigh's Solution for Small Particles7.4. Large Particles7.5. Geometric Optics7.6. The Mie Theory7.7. Nonspherical Particles8. Radiative Transfer in a Scattering Atmosphere8.1. Introduction8.2. Integro-Differential Equation8.3. Interaction Principle8.4. Miscellaneous Methods8.5. Numerical Results8.6. Applications9. Atmospheres in Radiative Equilibrium9.1. Introduction9.2. An Elementary Solution9.3. Non-Grey Atmospheres9.4. The Troposphere and Stratosphere9.5. The Runaway Greenhouse10. Evolution of a Thermal Disturbance10.1. Introduction10.2. The Radiation Eigenvalue Problem10.3. Numerical Results10.4. Planetary-Scale Relaxation10.5. The Newtonian Cooling Approximation10.6. Solar Radiation in the Middle Atmosphere

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"[A] classic book, 'Atmospheric radiation . . .' [was] published in 1964 by Oxford University Press. For the first time, this book integrated under one cover the fundamentals of radiative transfer, the theory of gaseous absorption, an authoritative treatment of band models and absorptionspectra, radiative equilibrium and dynamic interactions, as well as some aspects of scattering. For many years it served as a guide for graduate students and researchers alike who were interested in the fundamental radiative transfer principles and in the application of such principles to remotesensing. This book was revised and updated in 1989, with the discussion of atmospheric scattering topics strengthened, and has already been widely cited in refereed papers."--Eos