A Simple Empirical Equation to Calculate Cloud Optical Thickness from Shortwave Broadband Measurements

  title={A Simple Empirical Equation to Calculate Cloud Optical Thickness from Shortwave Broadband Measurements},
  author={James C. Barnard and C. N. Long},
Observational studies of shortwave cloud optical thickness, τc, play an important role in determining how clouds affect climate. Accordingly, considerable effort has been, and continues to be expended to characterize the spatial and temporal distribution of τc over the globe. This effort involves satellite and ground-based measurements that infer τc from measurements of the reflection or transmission of solar radiation. Transmitted solar radiation forms the basis of several important algorithms… CONTINUE READING


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