Effects of Cloud Geometric Structures on Their Radiative Properties
COLORADO STATE UNIV FORT COLLINS DEPT OF ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE
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LONG TERM GOALS. The long term goals of this research are to improve our understanding of and ability to simulate the transfer of solar radiation in a medium consisting of heteorogeneous distributions of gases and aerosols. OBJECTIVES. The objectives of this research are, through observations and modeling studies, to quantitatively evaluate the influence of heteorogenous distributions of the radiative properties of an atmospheric layer on solar radiance, both within and at the boundaries of the layer. This work is supported by ONR Marine Meteorology program and with support for two graduate students through an AASERT award N00014-95-1-1188. APPROACH. Develop methods to implicitly and explicitly simulate the transfer of solar radiation through heteorogeneous media. Apply the above methods to deduce the sensitivity of the simulated radiances to the heteorogeneous characteristics of the media. Seek simplified, alternative ways of describing the heteorogeneous characteristics of the medium for radiative transfer studies. Devise techniques to observe the heterogeneous character of atmospheric layers. Apply the above techniques to the characterization of the heteorogeneous nature of atmospheric layers.
- Physical Chemistry