An Introduction to Atmospheric Radiation / Edition 2

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This Second Edition of An Introduction to Atmospheric Radiation has been extensively revised to address the fundamental study and quantitative measurement of the interactions of solar and terrestrial radiation with molecules, aerosols, and cloud particles in planetary atmospheres. It contains 70% new material, much of it stemming from the investigation of the atmospheric greenhouse effects of external radiative perturbations in climate systems, and the development of methodologies for inferring atmospheric and surface parameters by means of remote sensing. Liou's comprehensive treatment of the fundamentals of atmospheric radiation was developed for students, academics, and researchers in atmospheric sciences, remote sensing, and climate modeling.

Key Features
• Balanced treatment of fundamentals and applications
• Includes over 170 illustrations to complement the concise description of each subject
• Numerous examples and hands-on exercises at the end of each chapter

Audience: Senior undergraduate and graduate students and academic and professional researchers in atmospheric sciences, particularly remote sensing, radiation climatology, cloud physics and thermodynamics.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Overall, I highly recommend this new edition, not only to students and instructors, but also to any researchers involved in atmospheric radiation."
-Alexander Marshak, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society

"Liou's book is broad and rigorous. It covers the topics well from fundamental principles to applications."
-Yuk L. Yung, Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society

"The First Edition of this book has become a standard (advanced) text for graduate students and researchers working in the area of atmospheric radiative transfer ...Professor Liou has a leading international standing in studies of the interaction of solar radiation with the Earth's atmosphere and his book reflects his expertise in that area."
- Joanna Haigh, Space and Atmospheric Physics, The Blackett Laboratory, Imperial College, London, UK

From The Critics
Providing a comprehensive treatment of the fundamentals of atmospheric radiation and their practical applications, this book discusses solar radiation at different atmospheric levels, thermal infrared radiation, light scattering by atmospheric particulates, the principles of radiative transfer, remote sensing, and the relationship between radiation and climate. Appendices cover the Planck function, the Schrödinger wave equation, spiracle geometry, the Lorentz- Lorenz formula, the Legendre polynomials and addition theorem, useful constants, and standard atmospheric profiles. Liou teaches atmospheric sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780124514515
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 5/1/2002
  • Series: International Geophysics Series, #84
  • Edition description: Subsequent
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 583
  • Product dimensions: 1.50 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

K. N. Liou is professor and chair of the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles. He was awarded the Jule G. Charney Award from the American Meteorological Society in 1998 for his "pioneering work in the theory and application of radiative transport and its interaction with clouds". Liou is author or co-author of more than 140 scientific papers and 2 previous books.

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Table of Contents

Fundamentals of Radiation for Atmospheric Applications.
Solar Radiation at the Top of the Atmosphere.
Absorption and Scattering of Solar Radiation in the Atmosphere.
Thermal Infrared Radiation Transfer in the Atmosphere.
Light Scattering by Atmospheric Particulates.
Principles of Radiative Transfer in Planetary Atmospheres.
Application of Radiative Transfer Principles to Remote Sensing.
Radiation and Climate.

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