Publisher description for Radiative transfer in the atmosphere and ocean / Gary E. Thomas and Knut Stamnes.


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Counter Radiative transfer is important to a range of disciplines from the study of greenhouse warming to stellar atmospheres and ocean optics. This text provides a foundation for understanding the theory and practical aspects of radiative transfer. The authors present transfer of solar and infrared radiation through optically-thick clouds, aerosol layer, and the oceanic mixed layer through the use of heuristic models of scattering and absorption, and a systematic approach to formulation and solution of the radiative transfer equation. Thomas and Stamnes solve problems such as the transmission of ultraviolet radiation through the atmosphere and ocean, remote sensing, solar heating and infrared cooling processes, UV biological dose rates, and greenhouse warming using a variety of solution methods. This self-contained, systematic treatment will enable advanced students of atmospheric, oceanic and environmental sciences to solve problems dealing with the effects of solar and infrared radiation on natural systems.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Radiative transfer, Atmospheric radiation, Oceanography, Environmental sciences