An Introduction to Atmospheric RadiationThis 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.

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Contents
Exercises  34 
Exercises  62 
Exercises  111 
Exercises  165 
Exercises  252 
Exercises  343 
Application of Radiative Transfer Principles  348 
Exercises  436 
Exercises  516 
Appendix A Derivation of the Planck Function  523 
Spherical Geometry  527 
Appendix E Properties of the Legendre Polynomials and Addition Theorem  533 
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Previous Volumes in International Geophysics Series  579 
Radiation and Climate  442 
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