Accounting for Unresolved Clouds in a 1D Infrared Radiative Transfer Model. Part II: Horizontal Variability of Cloud Water Path

Abstract

A 1D infrared radiative transfer model that handles clouds with subgrid-scale horizontal variability is developed and tested. It assumes that fluctuations in cloud absorptance optical depth k across layers (and collections of layers) can be described by gamma distributions. Unlike homogeneous clouds, flux incident at a level inside a horizontally… (More)

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