Simple Optical Models for Diagnosing Surface – Atmosphere Shortwave Interactions

  title={Simple Optical Models for Diagnosing Surface – Atmosphere Shortwave Interactions},
  author={Michael D. Winton},
A technique is developed for diagnosing effective surface and atmospheric optical properties from climate model shortwave flux diagnostics. These properties can be used to distinguish the contributions of surface and atmospheric optical property changes to shortwave flux changes at the surface and top of the atmosphere. In addition to the four standard shortwave flux diagnostics (upward, downward, surface, and top of atmosphere), the technique makes use of surface-down and top-up fluxes over a… CONTINUE READING


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