Assessing 1 D Atmospheric Solar Radiative Transfer Models : Interpretation and Handling of Unresolved Clouds

  title={Assessing 1 D Atmospheric Solar Radiative Transfer Models : Interpretation and Handling of Unresolved Clouds},
  author={Howard W. Barker and Graeme L. Stephens and Philip Partain and Joseph W Bergman and Bernard Bonnel and Kathryn L. Campana and Eugene E. Clothiaux and Sidney A. Clough and Stephen Cusack and Jennifer S. Delamere and James Edwards and K. Franklin Evans and Yves Fouquart and S. FREIDENREICH and j V. GALIN and Yucheng Hou and Eiichi Kato and J. LI and Eli J. Mlawer and J. J. Morcrette and W. O’HIROK and Petri R{\"a}is{\"a}nen and Vijay Ramaswamy and John Ritter and Eugene V. Rozanov and M. Schlesinger and Kiyotaka Shibata and P. SPORYSHEV and Zhong-ning Sun and Manfred Wendisch and Nigel Wood},
The primary purpose of this study is to assess the performance of 1D solar radiative transfer codes that are used currently both for research and in weather and climate models. Emphasis is on interpretation and handling of unresolved clouds. Answers are sought to the following questions: (i) How well do 1D solar codes interpret and handle columns of information pertaining to partly cloudy atmospheres? (ii) Regardless of the adequacy of their assumptions about unresolved clouds, do 1D solar… CONTINUE READING
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