Frontiers of Climate Modeling: The radiative forcing due to clouds and water vapor

  title={Frontiers of Climate Modeling: The radiative forcing due to clouds and water vapor},
  author={V. Ramanathan and A. Inamdar},
  • V. Ramanathan, A. Inamdar
  • Published 2006
  • Environmental Science
  • Introduction As the previous chapters have noted, the climate system is forced by a number of factors, e.g., solar impact, the greenhouse effect, etc. For the greenhouse effect, clouds, water vapor, and CO 2 are of the utmost importance. The emergence of computers as a viable scientific tool in the 1960s in conjunction with the availability of spectroscopic data enabled us to treat the numerous complexities of infrared-radiative transfer in the atmosphere. While such calculations set the stage… CONTINUE READING
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