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By Alexander Marshak, Anthony Davis

ISBN-10: 3540239588

ISBN-13: 9783540239581

Developments in three-d cloud radiation over the last few many years are assessed and distilled into this contributed quantity. Chapters are authored by means of subject-matter specialists who address a wide viewers of graduate scholars, researchers, and somebody drawn to cloud-radiation strategies within the sun and infrared spectral regions. After introductory chapters and a piece at the basic physics and computational recommendations, the amount greatly treats major program parts: the impression of clouds at the Earth's radiation finances, that's a necessary element of weather modeling; and distant commentary of clouds, in particular with the complex sensors on present and destiny satellite tv for pc missions.

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This happened anyway – that is, radiation people learned almost nothing about cloud physics – but not because they were taking their input variables from cloud physics. In fact, they were relying on other radiation people to invent mythological “radiation clouds” – pancakes with no spatial variation and no variation in drop size distribution. This was convenient for getting on with the radiation business, but so far from reality that communication between the two communities remained virtually nonexistent until the early 1990s.

Not so. The argument is not so much about whether tools are important – everyone agrees on that – but whether tool creation in and of itself is a high priority activity, worth supporting for its own sake. Some famous scientists have argued vigorously for this idea; they would hardly have bothered if it was universally accepted. ” It’s a nice buzzphrase, but nobody bothers to ask what actually moves science forward most effectively. And in the view of many historians of science, developing science tools for their own sake is the most demonstrably effective way to move science forward.

This was an exciting challenge, but probably my reach exceeded my grasp. Others have probably succeeded better at Dido’s Problem – stretching limited resources to encompass a vast territory. However, during my odyssey, I have seen almost everything that has occurred for three decades and met most of the players. I hope that by sharing the parts of my odyssey relevant to and parallel to the growth of 3D cloud radiation, I can illuminate the larger milieu in which the fine contributions in this book are set.

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