Radiation and Climate: Atmospheric energy budget from satellite remote sensing

Paperback | November 15, 2011

byIlias Vardavas, Frederic Taylor

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Radiation theory and measurements are at the core of the climate change debate. This new book describes in detail the basic physics used in the radiative transfer codes that are a key part of climate prediction models. The basic principles are extended to the atmospheres of the Earth and theother planets, illustrating the greenhouse effect and other radiation-based phenomena at work. Several chapters deal with the techniques and measurements for monitoring the Earth's radiation budget and thus tracking global change and its effects. Remote sensing instruments on satellites and thetheory of remote sensing are also covered. The book is the first comprehensive new publication on atmospheric radiation in more than a decade, and the first to link the theoretical and experimental aspects of the subject to the contemporary climate problem.

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Radiation theory and measurements are at the core of the climate change debate. This new book describes in detail the basic physics used in the radiative transfer codes that are a key part of climate prediction models. The basic principles are extended to the atmospheres of the Earth and theother planets, illustrating the greenhouse ...

Ilias Vardavas works in the Department of Physics at University of Crete, Greece. Frederic Taylor works at the Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Planetary Physics, Clarendon Laboratory at the University of Oxford.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:512 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:November 15, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199697140

ISBN - 13:9780199697144

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Table of Contents

1. The Climate System2. Atmospheric Physics and Thermodynamics3. Radiation Transfer Theory4. Thermal Infrared Transfer in the Atmosphere5. Incoming Solar Radiation6. Solar Radiation Transfer in the Atmosphere7. Atmospheric Photochemistry8. The Earth's Radiation Budget9. Theory of Radiation Measurements10. Climate Observations by Radiometry and Spectrometry11. Climate Modelling12. Planetary Evolution and Comparative Climatology

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`A comprehensive reference, clear and concise [...] The book supplements good descriptions of physical concepts with equations, providing the hands-on reader with the tools for utilizing these concepts in their own research.' Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society